Virginia Maps

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The best collections of Virginia maps are at the Virginia Historical Society and the Library of Virginia. A detailed list of the maps at these libraries is:

Sames, James W., III. Index of Kentucky and Virginia Maps, 1562 to 1900. Frankfurt, Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society, 1976.

Extensive map collections are at the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and George Mason University. The U.S. Geological Survey office at Reston and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Norfolk also have Virginia maps.

Excellent reproductions of Virginia maps are found in:

Stephenson, Richard W. The Cartography of Northern Virginia: Facsimile Reproductions of Maps Dating From 1608 to 1915. Fairfax, Virginia: Fairfax County, Virginia, 1981.

Atlases and land ownership maps are available for many counties and larger cities at the Library of Congress (see the United States Research Outline) and at other large libraries.

The Family History Library has some individual maps and the following atlases:

Hale, John S. A Historical Atlas of Colonial Virginia. [Staunton, Virginia]: Old Dominion Publications, 1978. County Maps, January 1, 1977. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation, 1977. Doran, Michael F. Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia, 1634-1895. Scale [ca. 1:190,000]. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing, 1987.

The Family History Library also has city ward maps for Richmond, Virginia for 1809, 1848, 1873, and 1877 (FHL film 1377700; fiche 6016750-53). These are helpful when using census records.

Online Sources

Printable maps are also available from the National Atlas of the United States --