New Hampshire Map & Atlas Guide

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

New Hampshire Map of Counties

New Hampshire Map of Counties

Choosing the Best New Hampshire 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 are many excellent old maps of Vermont that can help with genealogical research. These maps can be used to retrace the residences and various steps taken by any ancestors who lived in New Hampshire. In fact, that process is fairly easy because of the relatively low population of the state.

There are many fabulous map resources in the state of New Hampshire. Using them, researchers can track geographic features, political divisions, and migration trails with relative ease. Researchers may want to obtain a copy of the town of interest’s lotting map, which showed how land was divided prior to being sold off or granted to settlers.

The New Hampshire Records and Archives holds a large collection of those lotting maps, which are organized according to town and number of lots. The name of the original proprietor of the land may also be listed. That can lead the researcher to a very useful title chain. The New Hampshire State Papers also contains many of those records.

New Hampshire Map of County Formations For The Years 1764-1874

These New Hampshire maps shows the historical changes to New Hampshire counties from 1764 to 1874. This Interactive New Hampshire map is made with the use AniMap Plus 3.0 & with the Permission of the Goldbug Company.

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New Hampshire County Formation years
1764 1769 1773 1778 1780 1781 1782 1787 1800 1805 1817 1822 1823 1824 1827
1828 1832 1840 1841 1849 1853 1868 1874              
New Hampshire Census Year with Modern Map overlayed:
1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880-1930          
New Hampshire Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed
Bel - Belknap
Car - Carroll
Che - Cheshire
Co - Coos
Gft - Grafton
Hi - Hillsborough
Me - Merrimack
Ro - Rockingham
St - Strafford
Su - Sullivan

New Hampshire Maps & Atlases

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

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

New Hampshire Map of D.O.T. Town Road and Highway’s

Vermont County DOT MapThe Vermont 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.

There are also Current Vermont Town Highway Maps available.

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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