Vermont Map & Atlas Guide

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

Vermont Map of Counties

Vermont Map of Counties

Choosing the Best Vermont 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 Vermont. In fact, that process is fairly easy because of the relatively low population of the state.

The Vermont Atlas and Gazetteer is an excellent choice for both travel and research. Its maps list road surfaces, cemeteries, transportation routes, town divisions and even building locations (in older editions). The Vermont Road Atlas and Guide can also be a great Vermont map and information resource.

Another excellent map resource is the Beers Atlas. It lists owners and structures in each county in the late 1800s. Tuttle Publishing has reissued the county editions in their original forms. Also, several Windsor maps are still available in printed form. However, the Vermont Historical Society and other research libraries in the state hold the entire Beers Atlas series on file.

Town lotting maps are full of valuable genealogical data. Each town’s land was split into numbered lots during the granting process. Families can be found and relationships to the community and to close neighbors can be determined using the lot numbers or the names of the original proprietors, which are listed in multiple land descriptions and records.

The Vermont Public Records Division, the Vermont Historical Society, various town offices, and other agencies across the state have lot maps available for researchers to look at.

Vermont Map of County Formations For The Years 1764-1895

These Vermont maps shows the historical changes to Vermont counties from 1764 to 1895. This Interactive Vermont map is made with the use AniMap Plus 3.0 & with the Permission of the Goldbug Company.

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Vermont County Formation years
1764 1766 1767 1768 1770 1772 1775 1777 1779 1781 1782 1783 1785 1786 1787
1790 1792 1794 1796 1797 1798 1799 1800 1801 1802 1805 1806 1810 1811 1814
1821 1822 1823 1824 1825 1828 1829 1835 1836 1837 1839 1844 1847 1851 1856
1858 1859 1891 1895                      
Vermont Census Year with Modern Map overlayed:
1790 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860-1890 1900-1930          
Vermont Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed
Ad  - Addison
Ben - Bennington
Cal - Caledonia
Chi - Chittenden
Es  - Essex
Fr  - Franklin
GI  - Grand Isle
La  - Lamoille
Ora - Orange
Orl - Orleans
Ru  - Rutland
Wa  - Washington
Wdm - Windham
Wdr - Windsor

Vermont Maps & Atlases

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

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

Vermont Map of D.O.T. County 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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