Solving Research Problems with a Mississippi Maps
– If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify Mississippi 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 Mississippi historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a Mississippi 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 Mississippi.
Mississippi Map of Counties
Choosing the Best Mississippi 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.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is home to several historical maps of Mississippi. They are filed according to year. Some date back as far as 1500, while others are more current. Some are from as late as 1984. This collection includes Sanborn fire insurance maps, as well as maps from the Mississippi State Highway Department, U.S. Geological Survey, and other government agencies.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation, Map Sales Office has created several maps of county highways. They can be purchased for a small fee. They are helpful for those who are trying to find cemeteries within Mississippi.