Indiana Map & Atlas Guide

Any Historical Indiana Map can indicate who owned specific property in the state and which towns held the county seat at the time.  This information is a valuable starting point for your research pointing you to the right location of records.

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Solving Research Problems with a Indiana Maps – If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify Indiana city borders and names that have changed over the course of time. This can make it difficult to understand where your ancestors’ information is kept.

Because Indiana historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a Indiana map from the time period you are researching can help tremendously in solving these problems by leading you to the correct town records. It can also give you other leads, such as the location of city directories or old post offices in Indiana.

Indiana Map of Counties

Indiana Map of Counties

Choosing the Best Indiana Map – If you have a large source of maps to choose from, try starting with the area where your ancestors resided and looking for the maps with the most detail.  You can determine a lot by seeing if the area was still rural or more developed, and how far it was to the nearest city.  This can shed light on your family’s lifestyle and occupation. Were they farmers who lived in the country, or merchants who traveled often to a nearby city?  A map can give you an idea of what occupations were possible.

Each county’s surveyor’s office holds county maps. Copies may be available for purchase. Contemporary maps of cities, townships, and counties are available, as well as historical maps for each county. Other maps and information can be found in the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: Indiana. The Indiana Department of Conservation can provide geological and topographical survey maps of the area.

Sanborn fire insurance maps from 1883 and years after are also available. Some of them can be found on microfilm at the Indiana State Library. A more complete collection can be found in Bloomington at the Indiana University Geography and Map Library.

The Indiana State Library holds plat maps and atlases from 1875 to present for the various counties. Many of those maps list schools, railroads, cemeteries, churches, main roads, and other major landmarks.

Indiana Map of County Formations For The Years 1790-1873

These Indiana maps shows the historical changes to Indiana counties from 1790 to 1873.  This Interactive Indiana map is made with the use AniMap Plus 3.0 & with the Permission of the Goldbug Company.

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Indiana Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed

Ad   - Adams
Al   - Allen
Ba   - Bartholomew
Be   - Benton
Bl   - Blackford
Bo   - Boone
Br   - Brown
Car - Carroll
Cas - Cass
Cli - Clinton
Clk - Clark
Cly - Clay
Cr   - Crawford
Da   - Daviess
Dea - Dearborn
Dec - Decatur
Del - Delaware
DK   - De Kalb
Du   - Dubois
El   - Elkhart
Fa   - Fayette
Fl   - Floyd
Fo   - Fountain
Fr   - Franklin
Fu   - Fulton
Gi   - Gibson
Gr   - Grant
Gre - Greene
Ham - Hamilton
Han - Hancock
Har - Harrison
Hdk - Hendricks
Ho   - Howard
Hry - Henry
Hu   - Huntington
Jac - Jackson
Jas - Jasper
Jay - Jay
Jef - Jefferson
Jen - Jennings
Jo   - Johnson
Kn   - Knox
Ko   - Kosciusko
Lak - Lake
Law - Lawrence
LG   - La Grange
LP   - La Porte
Mad - Madison
Mgn - Morgan
Mi   - Miami
Mrn - Marion
Mro - Monroe
Msl - Marshall
Mtn - Martin
Mty - Montgomery
Ne   - Newton
No   - Noble
Oh   - Ohio
Or   - Orange
Ow   - Owen
Pa   - Parke
Pe   - Perry
Pi   - Pike
Por - Porter
Pos - Posey
Pul - Pulaski
Put - Putnam
Ra   - Randolph
Ri   - Ripley
Ru   - Rush
Sc   - Scott
Sh   - Shelby
SJ   - St. Joseph
Sp   - Spencer
Sta - Starke
Ste - Steuben
Su   - Sullivan
Sw   - Switzerland
Tcn - Tippecanoe
Tpn - Tipton
Un   - Union
Va   - Vanderburgh
Ve   - Vermillion
Vi   - Vigo
Wab - Wabash
Was - Washington
Way - Wayne
We   - Wells
Wrk - Warrick
Wrn - Warren
Wte - White
Wty - Whitley

Indiana Maps & Atlases

1836 Indiana MapThe David Rumsey Historical Indiana Map Collection is scanned from original copies so you can see Indiana as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago.

Some Indiana map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the Indiana researcher.

External Indiana Map Links

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