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Ohio Maps

Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. Some maps give historical background of the area or show migration routes, such as roads, rivers, and railroads. Topographical, Plat, Land ownership maps plus many others are described on the Maps page. Many maps are in published atlases.

City Ward Maps 

  • State Atlases include ward maps. [1]
  • Ward Maps of United States Cities[2]

County Atlases and Boundaries

Published guides

  • Several guides to the history of Ohio's counties and boundary changes have also been published.
  • Historical Atlas and Chronology of County Boundaries, 1788-1980[3]offers an excellent collection of state maps, showing when and where each county changed boundaries.
  • Jurisdictional Histories for Ohio’s Eighty-Eight Counties, 1788-1985[4] is a valuable guide to Ohio's counties in jurisdictional histories.

Historical Maps and Atlases

  • The David Rumsey Map Collection contains an extensive collection of 229 historical atlases, maps, and other antique cartographic treasures.
  • The Family History Library has maps dating from the Revolutionary War era and the earliest land subdivisions to present-day county highway maps. These include historical atlases, mostly published in the 1870s, from 60 counties. Atlases are available covering the era fo 1673 to 1783[5]
  • Sanborn Maps provide detailed towns and cities from 1867 to 1970.

Land Ownership Maps

  • Landowner maps are especially valuable. These maps show the lands of a county, with the names of the owners written on them. Most of these maps date between 1860 to 1900. There is a checklist of 19th-century United States county maps in the Library of Congress.[6] This checklist records 1,449 United States county land ownership maps, 69 of which are Ohio counties.

Plat Maps

The Family History Library

Maps are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:




Web Sites


  1. *Walling, H.F. Atlas of the State of Ohio from Surveys. 1868. Reprint, Knightstown, Indiana: Bookmark, 1976. (Family History Library book Q 977.1 E7w; film 982071 item 9.)
  2. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, [1975?]. (Family History Library film 1377700; fiche 6016620-6016629 for Cincinnati, 1831-1896; fiche 6016630-6016636 for Cleveland, 1852-1899; fiche 6016637-6016641 for Columbus, 1856-1894.)
  3. *Long, John H., ed. Historical Atlas and Chronology of County Boundaries, 1788-1980. Scale: 1:633,600. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1984. (Family History Library 973 E7hL v. 2; fiche 6051427 [set of 6].)
  4. *Phillips, Louis W. Jurisdictional Histories for Ohio’s Eighty-Eight Counties, 1788-1985. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, c.1986. (Family History Library book 977.1 E3p.)
  5. Brown, Lloyd Arnold. Early Maps of the Ohio Valley. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1959. (Family History Library book 973 E3b.)
  6. Stephenson, Richard W., comp. Land Ownership Maps. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1967. (Family History Library book 973 A3Loc; fiche 6048262.)