Search Historical Maps in Newspapers 1767–1999

Search Historical Maps in Newspapers 1767–1999

From military maps to property maps, several types of historical maps are published in newspapers. Search for old maps in our online newspaper archives to discover American history and trace your ancestry.

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Check your selection to search historical maps by state, city, or newspaper title.
  1. Historical Property Map Edgewater N.J.
  2. Historical Military Map of the Civil War Battle of Port Royal November 7, 1861
  3. Old Cemetery Map of Palermo, Italy 1887
  4. Old World Maps

  1. Old Property & Land Maps
  2. Historical Military Maps
  3. Cemetery & Burial Maps
  4. Country, Continent & World Maps

  1. You can locate the land your ancestor owned using the information found in historical land and property maps.

    These old property maps can reveal ancestor names, names of neighbors and other nearby family members and give a glimpse into the local area surroundings in which our ancestors lived.

  2. Explore the wars that impacted your ancestors' lives and shaped American history in old military maps.

    Find historical maps of famous battles on land and at sea dating back to the 1700's. Our collection includes battle maps from the Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, World War I, World War II and more.

  3. Uncover the gravesites of your ancestors with old cemetery maps from America and other countries.

    Find the old burial sites of your deceased relatives with historical cemetery maps from around the world.

  4. Discover the old world with colorful and detailed historical world maps, continental and country maps.

    Explore old vintage maps from Europe, Asia, Africa and beyond and to learn about more your immigrant ancestors' countries of origin. These printable historic maps make memorable family keepsakes.

Historic Maps Found in Newspapers:
  • Land and Property Maps

  • Military & Battle Maps

  • Cemetery & Burial Maps

  • Full Color World Maps

  • Old Maps of Continents & Countries

Explore Your Ancestors' Lives, American History & the Old World with Historical Maps

You can find a wealth of information about your ancestry and American history researching historical maps. Old maps in newspapers are a key genealogical resource to explore your immigrant ancestor's country or countries of origin. Trace your ancestor's emigration to America with migration maps of routes, trails and roads.

Locate your ancestor's old residence to discover nearby schools, cemeteries and churches with old land and property maps. Historic maps of old local townships and U.S. cities can provide you with clues that will lead to additional resources to help branch out your family tree.

Explore your veteran ancestors' lives with military maps of famous battles that forever changed American history. Find war maps of the most legendary American battles from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI, WWII and more.

Discover the old world with colorful and detailed historical world maps that illustrate continental and country boundaries. Learn more about your immigrant ancestors overseas homelands and see how political boundaries around the globe have changed over the course of time. These digitized historical maps are also printable so they can be kept as family artifacts!

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Historical Maps Search Tips

Use this search to find articles containing maps of property and land, military battles, cemeteries and more in the historical newspaper archives. This online collection contains maps as published in U.S. newspapers from 1767–1999.

Please note that our Historical Documents collection also contains many historical maps that are not included in the historical newspaper archives, including full color world maps. As such, if you cannot locate the map(s) you are looking for in our Historical Maps newspaper collection we recommend you try again using the Historical Documents search.

Search Maps by Name

Historical maps can be searched by place name or by your ancestor’s name. Some places were named in maps for prominent citizens and military officers.

Search Maps by Date

Another way to search historical maps is by using the date or date range of the event of interest.

Example:

"July 1863"

Search Maps by Keyword

Information can be found in the historical newspaper archives by typing in "maps" in the Include Keywords field. If you are looking for military or battle maps you may also try entering the keyword "battle" in the Include Keywords field.

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