Historical Maps - Old Maps & Gazetteers
10 Don't Miss Historical Map Collections Online
Genealogists, historians, and anyone else with a need for historical maps will not want to miss this collection of links to some of the best historical map collections available online.
1891 Grain Dealers and Shippers Gazetteer
This free digital version of the 1891 Grain Dealers & Shippers Gazetteer, scanned by Pam Rietsch, includes maps from all of the involved railroad lines.
American Memory Railroad Maps 1828-1900
This online collection from the Geography & Map Division, Library of Congress includes digital reproductions of over 600 railroad maps of the United States.
Amsterdam University Library - Kaartencollectie
Explore several hundred high res images made from atlas maps and individual maps covering The Netherlands and the rest of the world. Click on "Blader door de collectie" in the left-hand column to view the online map images.
Atlas of the German Empire
Scanned images of the maps and gazetteer of the 1883 Atlas des Deutschen Reichs by Ludwig Ravenstein are provided by the University of Wisconsin. Covers Germany as well as neighboring countries.
Civil War Battle Maps
Nice collection of U.S. Civil War battle maps which can be displayed by year, state, and battle.
Color Landform Atlas of the United States
A fantastic site with maps available for each of the 50 U.S. states including topographic maps, maps w/ county boundaries, b&w shaded relief maps, satellite images, 1895 maps and PostScript maps of counties.
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Browse through over 13,000 high-resolution digital images of maps from the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, one of the largest private collections of historic maps in the U.S. Focuses primarily on cartography of the Americas from the 18th and 19th centuries, but also has maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania.
Early Maps of Russia
Free online ditigized copies of historic Russian maps from the 15th through the 18th centuries.
FEEFHS Map Room
The Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies has a decent selection of maps covering most of central and eastern Europe.
Finland - 500 Years on the Map of Europe
Digitized maps from the 15th-20th centuries focus on Finland and the Scandinavian Peninsula.
Gardiner's Atlas of English History
Browse through dozens of wonderfully scanned maps from an 1892 historic atlas, including maps of the United Kingdom, Europe and British colonies around the world.
Historical Atlas of Canada
Maps, graphs and text based on the highly acclaimed and successful Historical Atlas of Canada, redesigned for online, interactive searching and viewing.
Historic USGS Maps of New England
This online collection of USGS topographic maps includes complete geographical coverage of New England from the 1890s to 1950s. Includes a quad index, town index and map images.
Images of Early Maps on the Web
Links to old maps, historical maps and other digitized maps of interest from around the world, arranged by region. Updated frequently.
Library of Congress Map Collections
Digitized maps cover the gamut of American history, from military battle maps and transportation maps, to colonization maps and maps of cities and towns.
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library offers free public access to the Boston Public Library's historically significant collection of 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases. Some of these maps have been digitized and made available online for ultra-high resolution viewing. More are being added on a regular basis.
Old Maps UK
Search through one of Britain's most extensive digital historical map archives for historical maps of the places your ancestors used to live.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Online historical maps from countries around the world are available for online viewing in the historical section of the Perry-Castandeda Map Collection of the University of Texas at Austin.
Rare Map Collection of the University of Georgia
Enjoy this outstanding digital collection of more than 800 historical maps spanning nearly 500 years from the New World, Colonial America, Revolutionary America, Union & Expansion, Civil War, frontier to new South, and Transportation. Heavy emphasis on the state of Georgia and the surrounding region.
University of Alabama Historical Map Archive
View thousands of high resolution digital map images from all over the world, from a number of institutional and private collectons. A special focus on historical Alabama state maps, of course!
Using Historical Maps to Pinpoint Big City Ancestors
Research in heavily populated areas such as cities practically requires you to localize your research using map and ward boundaries. Learn how and where to access these essential historical city maps (many online), and how to use them to pinpoint your ancestors.