North Carolina Maps
Maps are useful for genealogists. Some give historical background of the area; others show migration routes such as roads, rivers, and railroads. Topographical maps show physical and man-made features, such as creeks, hills, trails, and roads used as persons came to North Carolina. Sometimes maps also include cemeteries and churches. Plat and land ownership, as well as other types of maps, are described in the "Maps" section of the United States Research Outline . In the Family History Library Catalog, atlases are listed in the Place Search under "Maps."
Many finding aids are available to help you locate maps that identify places or show boundary changes in the state. The best collections of maps are at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the North Carolina State Archives. These collections include maps produced by the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Geological Survey, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
The Family History Library has a set of detailed highway maps:
- North Carolina. State Highway Commission. Planning and Research Department. Maintenance Maps. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. (Family History Library films 924100, 924101, and 924105.) These maps were prepared in 1972 and include all counties.
- Clay, James W. North Carolina Atlas. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1975. (Family History Library book 975.6 E3c; film 1597810 item 2.) This atlas shows the formation of counties and the patterns of European settlement.
- Cummings, William P. North Carolina in Maps. Raleigh, North Carolina: State Department of Archives and History, 1966. (Family History Library map case 975.6 E7c.) This is a set of 15 maps created between 1585 and 1896.
- Gioe, Joan Colbert. North Carolina: Her Counties, Her Townships, and Her Towns. Indianapolis, Indiana: The Researchers, 1981. (Family History Library book 975.6 E5g.)
See the "Gazetteers" section of this outline and the "Gazetteers" and "Maps" sections of the United States Research Outline for more resources regarding places in North Carolina. Also check the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:
NORTH CAROLINA- MAPS
NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY]- MAPS
NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- MAPS
Printable maps are also available from the National Atlas of the United States -- http://nationalatlas.gov/printable.html