The topographical map for each quadrant in the Appalachian Region as well as additional land maps are available. Maps have many uses including assisting researchers determine family members’ residences and relationships to churches, businesses, and other families.
Search the library catalog for maps in the Appalachian Collection.
The Appalachian Region
While the Appalachian Collection’s focus is primarily on the Southern uplands, materials are also collected on the entire Appalachian Region. The Federal Government defines the Appalachian Region as “a 200,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of twelve other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.” The map on the right appears courtesy of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
For more information on the counties, populations, and industries in the Region, please see the Appalachian Regional Commission website.
Visit Counties of Appalachia for the ARC’s list of counties.
The maps linked below appear courtesy of Dr. David E. Whisnant, Professor Emeritus, and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This link shows the many Appalachian Region Borders that have been drawn by various groups and individuals over the years.
Below are links to maps of the states bordering the Appalachian region. Each map shows counties that either border or comprise the Appalachian region of that state.