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The Tennessee State Department of Archives and Libraries has the largest collection of Tennessee maps. They are accessible through a card file in the Manuscript Reading Room. The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is in the beginning stages of posting digital copies of historical maps on their website through the Tennessee Virtual Archives (TEVA). Among the collection is a 1907 historical map showing Davidson County civil districts and the plotted residences of families living within those districts. Other maps from 1795 and 1806 show early waterways and settlements. The Department of Transportation in Nashville also has a large collection of maps and atlases for the state.
The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture site includes a collection of state maps showing major cities, rivers and roadways. Of special interest is a county map which shows a brief summary of each Tennessee county. These maps are published jointly by the Tennessee Historical Society and The University of Tennessee Press.
United States Census Bureau State and County Map. This map will allow you to zoom in on any state or county in the United States and read the names of all of the neighboring counties.
Maps and atlases for Tennessee include:
- Garrett, William Robertson. History of the South Carolina Cession, and the Northern Boundary of Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: Southern Methodist Publishing Co., 1884. Free ditigal copy. Map and explanation concerning the formation of Tennessee state boundaries.
- Puetz, C. J. Tennessee County Maps. Lyndon Station, Wisconsin: County Maps, 1980?. (Family History Library book Q 976.8 E7p.) Contains detailed maps of each county with towns, roads, points of interest, and major rivers and creeks.
- A New Map of Tennessee: With its Roads and Distances from Place to Place along the Stage & Steamboat Routes. N.p., 1900's. Photocopy of original published by Thomas, Cowperthwait and Company (Family History Library map 976.8 E7n). This map shows land distances, steamboat routes, and railroads that were in progress or proposed. There are inserts for the areas of Nashville and Knoxville.
- Rand, McNally & Company’s Indexed Atlas of the World. 1885. Reprint, Searcy, Arkansas: Presley Research, 1978. (Family History Library book 976.8 E7rm 1885.) This shows railroads, major and minor waterways, county boundaries, and county seats of Tennessee.
- Mead, H.D. Kentucky and Tennessee. A Complete Guide to Their Railroads, Stations and Distances, Connections North and South; Their Rivers, Landings. Louisville, H.E. 1867. Free digital copy, courtesy: Internet Archive.
Charles A. Reeves Jr. has collected many old maps of the state of Tennessee and has also used his cartography skills to create detailed maps of great genealogical value. They may be purchased for small fees through his website, where visitors may view scaled-down versions ReevesMaps.com. Some of these maps include:
Antique Map Reproductions
|*Aboriginal Map of Tennessee, published 1886.||*Tennessee, published 1818.|
|*A Map of the Tennessee Government, Formerly Part of North Carolina, taken Chiefly from Surveys by Gen. D. Smith & others, published 1795.||*Kentucky and Tennessee, published 1825.|
|*Map of Tennessee and Kentucky, 1796.||*Tennessee, published 1826.|
|*Map of Tennessee, 1804.||*Tennessee, published 1837.|
|*The State of Tennessee as it was in 1795, published 1814.||*Kentucky and Tennessee, published 1845.|
|*The State of Tennessee as it was in 1795, published 1817.||*Tennessee, published 1850.|
Original Map Creations
|*A Draught of the Cherokee Country, originally published 1762.||*The Cherokee Country, originally published 1937.|
|*Early Roads to the Tennessee Country, published 2000.||*The Cherokee Lands Included in the Sycamore Shoals Agreement (1775).|
|*Tennessee-Divided Loyalties [Civil War era], published 1999.||*The Counties and Three "Grand Divisions" of Tennessee, published 1998.|
|*Tennessee Slave Population As Reported in the 1860 Census.||*The Road to Statehood, County Formation in East Tennessee, 1779-1796, published 2000.|
See Tennessee Gazetteers, United States Maps, and United States Gazetteers for more resources regarding places in Tennessee. See the Tennessee Archives and Libraries article for facilities with regional collections which might include maps. Also check the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
TENNESSEE - MAPS
TENNESSEE, [COUNTY] - MAPS
TENNESSEE, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - MAPS
TENNESSEE - GAZETTEERS
TENNESSEE - MIGRATION, INTERNAL
TENNESSEE - NAMES, GEOGRAPHICAL
My Tennessee Genealogy Includes free version of AniMap 3.0.Printable maps are also available online from the National Atlas of the United States.
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