Somerset County MDGenWeb


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1877 Lake, Griffing and Stevenson 1877 Atlas of the Eastern Shore
These are highly-detailed maps of Eastern Shore communities, districts and general areas, including names and locations of landowners. This is an essential resource for Eastern Shore historical and family research.
Old Somerset, 1877
This is a smaller scan of just the three-county map from the 1877 Atlas of the Eastern Shore. It shows the election district boundaries, towns, waterways, geographical feature names, railways and more.
1900 U.S. Geological Survey Somerset Topographic Maps
Crisfield Quadrangle
Deal Island Quadrangle
Princess Anne Quadrangle
Martenet's Atlas of Maryland, 1865 - Somerset
Click on the map image to bring up a larger, zoomed-in view of the area you clicked.
John C. Lyon's Old Somerset Hundreds and Land Grant Maps
This series of maps has been created by John C. Lyon and is a product of his exhaustive research. One series shows the evolution of the hundreds in Old Somerset, and the other shows the explosion of land grants over time. A must see!
Lower Shore Boundaries From 1662 to the Present
A very helpful picture of shifting boundaries to help determine which counties you should look to find historical records across time for locations on the Lower Shore.
Benson Platting - 1930s to 40s
This is an overview of the plat maps created by Harry L. Benson, which were utilized by Ruth Dryden in her Somerset and Worcester Land Records volumes.
Lower Eastern Shore Maryland Counties, 1794
This is a portion of a map entitled Map of Maryland showing principal buildings, roads, cities and towns, created or existing prior to 1794 : a few residences are of a later date compiled and drawn by H. Brooks Price, Architect.
Experimental survey for the Eastern Shore Rail Road, 1853
This scan includes only the Lower Shore portion of the map, but it shows landowners and geographic features of the land surrounding the railroad corridor. A neat map.
Lower Eastern Shore, 1794
A portion of a "Map of the State of Maryland laid down from an actual survey of all the principal waters, public roads, and divisions of the counties therein; describing the situation of the cities, towns, villages, houses of worship and other public buildings, furnaces, forges, mills, and other remarkable places; and of the Federal Territory; as also a sketch of the State of Delaware shewing the probable connexion of the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays." A really cool map.
Eastern Shore Parishes
Scanned from "The First Parishes of the Province of Maryland", published by Norman, Remington Co, Baltimore, 1923, this map shows churches still in use, original churches, an indication of counties as of 1923, counties as of 1695, and also parish names. Many thanks to Craig O'Donnell for providing this map image.
Lower Shore Area, 1840
This is a map of the Old Somerset area, showing the pre-Wicomico borders, archaic place names, and waterways. The main image, more finely detailed with high resolution, is a massive file, so the main link is to a smaller, lower-resolution image (provided by Craig O'Donnell - thanks, Craig!). See the better, crisper image here.
Old Somerset
This little map shows the boundaries of 17th-century Somerset County, along with the names and boundaries of its daughter counties and their creation dates.
Somerset's Hundreds
This is a very handy map, from Wilmer O. Lankford's book "They Lived In Somerset: 17th Century Marylanders", showing the "Hundreds" of old Somerset County. Historically the term Hundred began in medieval times when Britain divided land into what was known as Hundreds, each of which would produce 100 fighting men in time of war. In the 17th century, Somerset County land was divided into "Hundreds" for administrative purposes and geographical subdivisions. You can see the entire book here at the Somerset MDGenWeb site.
Somerset Election Districts
This map, courtesy of SKPublications, shows present-day election districts.

Other sites which have maps of areas surrounding Somerset County are:

HOME Cemeteries 1877 Atlas They Lived In Somerset Transcribed Records
LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS FORUM Letters and Artifacts Resources History Articles Somerset USGenWeb Archives
DelMarVa Family Album Interesting Miscellany Maps MDGenWeb State Coordinator:
Rebecca Maloney
MDGenWeb Assistant State Coordinator:
Norma Hass

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