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This entry was originally written by the Johni Cerny and Robert S. Davis for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
Early Georgia maps are crucial for tracing colonial families. See Marion R. Hemperley, Map of Colonial Georgia, 1773–1777 (Atlanta: Georgia Surveyor General Department, 1979), which shows parish boundaries before 1777, and his Georgia Early Roads and Trails, Circa 1730–1850 (Atlanta: Georgia Surveyor General Department, 1979), which shows migration trails in the state. The Georgia Archives also has maps of Georgia for sale showing the land lottery and the militia districts.
For changes in Georgia county boundaries, see William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790–1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987), and Pat Bryant and Ingrid Shields, Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries (Atlanta: Georgia Surveyor General Department, 1983).
The largest collection of historical Georgia maps includes some 30,000 items, with many county maps, and large, detailed state maps can be found at the Georgia Archives. Modern maps of Georgia counties and some cities can be ordered for a fee from Map Room, Georgia Department of Transportation, 2 Capitol Sq., Atlanta, Georgia 30334.