Maine Map & Atlas Guide

A Historical Maine 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 Maine Maps – If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify Maine 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 Maine historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a Maine 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 Maine.

Maine Map of Counties

Maine Map of Counties

Choosing the Best Maine 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.

Maine State Archives has a computerized index of its fine map collection for Maine after statehood, but it is the Massachusetts State Archives (see Massachusetts Archives, Libraries, and Societies) that holds the important lotting maps for the pre-statehood development of Maine. Included in many of the maps are location of residences and names of owners.

Maine Map of County Formations For The Years 1713-1913

These Maine maps shows the historical changes to Kansas counties from 1713 to 1913. This Interactive Maine map is made with the use AniMap Plus 3.0 & with the Permission of the Goldbug Company.

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Maine Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed
An  - Androscoggin
Ar  - Aroostook
Cu  - Cumberland
Fr  - Franklin
Ha  - Hancock
Ke  - Kennebec
Kn  - Knox
Li  - Lincoln
Ox  - Oxford
Pe  - Penobscot
Pi  - Piscataquis
Sa  - Sagahadoc
So  - Somerset
Wal - Waldo
Was - Washington
Yo  - York

Maine Maps & Atlases

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

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

External Maine Map Links

U.S. State Map Guides