Nevada Map & Atlas Guide

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

Nevada Map of Counties

Nevada Map of Counties

Choosing the Best Nevada 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.

A wide variety of maps are offered by the Nevada Department of Transportation, Map Sales, Room 206, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, NV 89712. The department’s website has quad maps online for review. They will send a catalog and price list of available maps.

The United States Geological Survey will supply any of its maps for a nominal fee (see page 5). The state office is at 333 W. Nye Lane, Room 203, Carson City, NV 89706.

Nevada Map of County Formations For The Years 1852-1969

These Nevada maps shows the historical changes to Nevada counties from 1852 to 1969. This Interactive Nevada map is made with the use AniMap Plus 3.0 & with the Permission of the Goldbug Company.

Nevada Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed
CC - Carson City
Ch - Churchill
Cl - Clark
Do - Douglas
El - Elko
Es - Esmeralda
Eu - Eureka
Hu - Humboldt
Lan - Lander
Li - Lincoln
Ly - Lyon
Min - Mineral
Nye - Nye
Pe - Pershing
St - Storey
Woe - Washoe
WP - White Pine

Nevada Maps & Atlases

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

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

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

Nevada County DOT MapThe Nevada 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 Nevada Map Links

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