Southern Trails - Maps


John Robertson's Map links page

This is an excellent collection of map links for historical maps of the country as a whole and for the various states too. The best place to start looking for historical maps

The Perry Casteneda Map Collection

This is a link to the Perry Casteneda map collection of online maps at the University of's an excellent collection of historical maps, and has a good set of links to other map collections.  It really deserves being checked out.

American Memories Map Collection

The Library of Congress has started this map page on their American Memories page.  It has some interesting maps, so it's worth checking out.

1895 Atlas

Here is a nice site.  The site owner has scanned in a 1895 atlas of the US into statesized sections.  It's a good place to look for roads and towns for our turn-of-the-century families.

The Natchez Trace

Check this map out:  an excellent resource for researching people who went down the Natchez Trace

The Great Warrior Path from East Tennessee to Southwest Virginia

A nice description of this road, which some of the earliest settlers used.

Southern Indian Territory in 1820...Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole.

One thing to these lands were taken from the various tribes and opened up for settlement, a lot of our ancestors rushed in...and some of us have family lines that were kicked out of these areas while some of our other family lines moved in...which can cause an interesting mental balancing act for we their descendants...

US Territorial Maps

This is a series of simple maps that demonstrate the areas of the country under US control at 10 year increments.  Useful for checking out who controlled what area during our families' migrations.


Check this site out:  it contains a number of is approximately how long it would take a person to travel to various locations based on a starting point in New York, ca. 1800.  Another is a
great map of colonial area highways. There are several other useful ones too.

Railroad Maps

Railroad maps, starting in 1828 at the American Memory site of the Library of Congress.  This is a searchable site.  Some of our folks did migrate by train, although more didn't, but another
reason train maps are handy is that towns were founded along train routes, and these are often the areas people migrated to.

South Carolina Archives: Maps

This site is great if you are doing research on the east coast.  It's a page in the SC USGenweb Archives of maps. There are a number of maps pertaining to both the Carolinas, to the important old 96th district where so many of the Scots Irish, Quaker and German descent peoples once lived, and a great map of the Wilderness Trail and another great map of the Great Wagon Road, too...along with a number of others.  Do check it out if any of your folks were in the east coast early.