Nebraska Map & Atlas Guide

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

Nebraska Map of Counties

Nebraska Map of Counties

Choosing the Best Nebraska 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.

There is a collection of maps called the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which can be found at the Nebraska State Historical Society. Also there is a collection of about 500 plat books and county atlases from almost every Nebraska county for the years of 1885 to around 1947.

Nebraska Map of County Formations For The Years 1854-1925

These Nebraska maps shows the historical changes to Nebraska counties from 1854 to 1925. This Interactive Nebraska map is made with the use AniMap Plus 3.0 & with the Permission of the Goldbug Company.

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Nebraska County Formation years
1854 1855 1856 1857 1858 1859 1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867 1868
1869 1870 1871 1872 1873 1876 1877 1879 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887
1888 1889 1891 1895 1908 1910 1913 1921 1925            
Nebraska Census Year with Modern Map overlayed:
1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910-1930
Nebraska Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed
Ad - Adams
An - Antelope
Ar - Arthur
Ba - Banner
BB - Box Butte
Bln - Blaine
Boo - Boone
Boy - Boyd
Br - Brown
Buf - Buffalo
Bur - Burt
But - Butler
Cas - Cass
Ce - Cedar
Cha - Chase
Cl - Clay
Co - Colfax
Cry - Cherry
Cum - Cuming
Cus - Custer
Cyn - Cheyenne
Dak - Dakota
De - Deuel
Di - Dixon
Dod - Dodge
Dou - Douglas
Dsn - Dawson
Dun - Dundy
Dws - Dawes
Fi - Fillmore
Fra - Franklin
Fro - Frontier
Fu - Furnas
Gag - Gage
Gdn - Garden
Gfd - Garfield
Gly - Greeley
Gnt - Grant
Go - Gosper
Hal - Hall
Ham - Hamilton
Hay - Hayes
Hi - Hitchcock
Hln - Harlan
Hol - Holt
Hoo - Hooker
How - Howard
Je - Jefferson
Joh - Johnson
Kea - Kearney
Kei - Keith
Ki - Kimball
Kn - Knox
KP - Keya Paha
La - Lancaster
Li - Lincoln
Log - Logan
Lou - Loup
Ma - Madison
McP - McPherson
Me - Merrick
Mrl - Morrill
Na - Nance
Ne - Nemaha
Nu - Nuckolls
Ot - Otoe
Pa - Pawnee
Pe - Perkins
Ph - Phelps
Pi - Pierce
Pl - Platte
Po - Polk
Ri - Richardson
Ro - Rock
RW - Red Willow
Sal - Saline
Sar - Sarpy
Sau - Saunders
SB - Scotts Bluff
Sdn - Sheridan
Se - Seward
Si - Sioux
Smn - Sherman
St - Stanton
Tha - Thayer
Tho - Thomas
Thu - Thurston
Va - Valley
Was - Washington
Way - Wayne
Web - Webster
Wh - Wheeler
Yo - York

Nebraska Maps & Atlases

1880 Nebraska MapThe David Rumsey Historical Nebraska Map Collection is scanned from original copies so you can see Nebraska as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago.

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

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

Kansas County DOT MapThe Kansas 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.

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

External Nebraska Map Links

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