Missouri Map & Atlas Guide

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

Missouri Map of Counties

Missouri Map of Counties

Choosing the Best Missouri 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.

Detailed county maps showing cemeteries, houses, churches, schools, and all county roads are available from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Transportation Planning. The cost is minimal. Ward maps of St. Louis and Kansas City have been microfilmed by the National Archives and are available at National Archives facilities or major research facilities.

Missouri Map of County Formations For The Years 1804-1889

These Missouri maps shows the historical changes to Missouri counties from 1804 to 1889. This Interactive Missouri map is made with the use AniMap Plus 3.0 & with the Permission of the Goldbug Company.

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Missouri County Formation years
1804 1806 1812 1813 1815 1816 1818 1819 1821 1822 1824 1825 1826 1829 1831
1833 1834 1835 1836 1837 1838 1839 1841 1842 1843 1844 1845 1846 1847 1849
1851 1852 1853 1855 1857 1859 1860 1861 1864 1865 1868 1869 1870 1872 1875
1877 1879 1881 1889                      
Missouri Census Year with Modern Map overlayed:
1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880              
Missouri Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed

Ad  - Adair
An  - Andrew
At  - Atchison
Au  - Audrain
Bat - Bates
Ben - Benton
Bol - Bollinger
Boo - Boone
Bry - Barry
Btn - Barton
Buc - Buchanan
But - Butler
Cam - Camden
Cas - Cass
Cdl - Caldwell
Ce  - Cedar
CG  - Cape Girardeau
Cli - Clinton
Clk - Clark
Cly - Clay
Col - Cole
Coo - Cooper
Cr  - Crawford
Crl - Carroll
Crn - Chariton
Cst - Christian
Ctr - Carter
Cwy - Callaway
Dad - Dade
Dal - Dallas
Dav - Daviess
Den - Dent
DK  - De Kalb
Dou - Douglas
Du  - Dunklin
Fr  - Franklin
Ga  - Gasconade
Ge  - Gentry
Gre - Greene
Gru - Grundy
Har - Harrison
Hen - Henry
Hic - Hickory
Ho  - Holt
Hrd - Howard
Hwl - Howell
Ir  - Iron
Jac - Jackson
Jas - Jasper
Je  - Jefferson
Jo  - Johnson
Kn  - Knox
Lac - Laclede
Laf - Lafayette
Law - Lawrence
Lcn - Lincoln
Le  - Lewis
Liv - Livingston
Lnn - Linn
Mac - Macon
Mad - Madison
McD - McDonald
Me  - Mercer
Mil - Miller
Mis - Mississippi
Mor - Morgan
Mrn - Marion
Mro - Monroe
Mrs - Maries
Mtu - Moniteau
Mty - Montgomery
NM  - New Madrid
No  - Nodaway
Ntn - Newton
Or  - Oregon
Os  - Osage
Oz  - Ozark
Pem - Pemiscot
Per - Perry
Pet - Pettis
Ph  - Phelps
Pi  - Pike
Pl  - Platte
Po  - Polk
Pul - Pulaski
Put - Putnam
Ral - Ralls
Ran - Randolph
Ray - Ray
Re  - Reynolds
Rip - Ripley
Sal - Saline
Sch - Schuyler
SCh - St. Charles
SCl - St. Clair
Sdd - Stoddard
SF  - St. Francois
SG  - Ste Genevieve
Sha - Shannon
She - Shelby
SL  - St. Louis
SLC - St. Louis City
Sld - Scotland
Stn - Stone
Stt - Scott
Su  - Sullivan
Ta  - Taney
Te  - Texas
Ve  - Vernon
War - Warren
Was - Washington
Way - Wayne
We  - Webster
Wo  - Worth
Wr  - Wright

Missouri Maps & Atlases

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

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

Missouri Map of D.O.T. County Road and Highway’s

Missouri County DOT MapThe Missouri Department of Transportation is pleased to provide highly detailed county maps online. These maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps. In addition to roads and boundaries, these maps include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries. Below are printable maps of Missouri’s 114 counties. The maps are in PDF format and print out at 8 1/2 x 11-inches. If you require a larger version please call 1-888 ASK MODOT.

The Missouri Department of Transportation, Transportation Planning holds detailed maps, which include: Cemeteries, Houses, Churches, Schools, County Roads.

These maps are downloadable and are in PDF format. The main use of these are the locations of all known cemeteries in a county and of course the various roads and church locations. These Maps are Free to Download

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