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This entry was originally written by Kathleen Stanton Hutchison for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the Mississippi Family History Research series.
History of Mississippi
Mississippi Vital Records
Census Records for Mississippi
Background Sources for Mississippi
Mississippi Maps
Mississippi Land Records
Mississippi Probate Records
Mississippi Court Records
Mississippi Tax Records
Mississippi Cemetery Records
Mississippi Church Records
Mississippi Military Records
Mississippi Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Mississippi Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Mississippi Immigration
Mississippi Naturalization
Ethnic Groups of Mississippi
Mississippi Provincial Records
Mississippi County Resources
Map of Mississippi


Historical maps found at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History can be accessed through the archives’ chronological listing, which is arranged by date and situation of the map. Included in this list are numerous maps dating from 1500 to 1984. This selection contains all accessioned maps, including some produced by governmental agencies such as the U.S. Geological Survey (see page 5) and the Mississippi State Highway Department. Sanborn fire insurance maps (see page 5) help identify location of structures.

County highway maps, produced by the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Map Sales Office, P.O. Box 1850, Jackson, MS 39215-1850, are available for a nominal fee. These maps are useful when trying to locate cemeteries in the state (see Mississippi Cemetery Records).

Information in respect to state and federal legislation of land is covered in the Mississippi Historical Records Survey, State and County Boundaries of Mississippi (Jackson, Miss.: Historical Records Survey, 1942). This publication presents, in summary form, all the laws affecting the boundaries of the state of Mississippi, the counties in the state, and the judicial districts that were changed either by law, treaty, or proclamation. Another publication not to be overlooked is Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993) which is inclusive of all counties both existing and extinct in the state of Mississippi.

The 1895 atlas of Mississippi can be found online at www.livgenmi.com/1895/.

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