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Jefferson County, Missouri

Township and Range Survey Maps

The images linked off of this page show various views of the Federal Township and Range System survey of Jefferson County, Missouri. An excellent description of this system is provided at Infobahn Outfitters, and I have provided a brief summary at this link.

The map used for these images was most kindly provided by Mona Houser of the Jefferson County, MO RootsWeb mailing list. Her generosity exemplifies the very best of the spirit of cooperation and helpfulness that permeates that mailing list and the genealogical community as a whole.

Further information about how these images were created and what they show is provided at this link. I will, however, apologize here for the quality of the images. Ms Houser's map was quite clear, and the original scans are actually very good. In reducing the originals to a manageable size, I lost quite a bit of their clarity. In the hopes that someone else may have the skills to do a better job, a link to the originals is provided at the bottom of this page.

John W Pierce -  R2 Systems, San Diego, California - December 12, 1999


Two Useful Non-Map Lists

Two useful lists are available from the Jefferson County website:
Post offices in the county in 1876 and 1898
Historical township names with their survey township names.


Link to Survey-to-Political Township Image Map

The above link goes to an image with "clickable" regions that shows the (current, I think) political townships overlayed on the survey townships. This is a 273 kilobyte image, and should take about 40 seconds to a minute to download with a 56Kb modem (if the network isn't too slow). It will start up in a new browser window. Clicking on the various survey townships brings up the same pages as the links under "Individual Township Maps" below.


Individual Township Maps

Each link will open a new browser window showing a page containing map of a survey township, or possibly parts of two townships; that page will contain information about the area it covers. The grid is laid out in the north-south, east-west order in which the survey townships occur in the county. Some townships that are only partially in Jefferson County at its "edges" do not have links (e.g., "T42N R2E", "T38N R4E"). Their maps are included in the map for the adjacent township to the east (for Range 2 East), west (for Ranges 6 and 7 East), or north (for Township 38 North). The images range from 25 kilobytes to 78 kilobytes in size, and average around 50 kilobytes.

    Range
Township     2 East   3 East   4 East   5 East   6 East   7 East
43 North   T43N
R3E
T43N
R4E
T43N
R5E
T43N
R6E
42 North   T42N
R2E
T42N
R3E
T42N
R4E
T42N
R5E
T42N
R6E
41 North   T41N
R2E
T41N
R3E
T41N
R4E
T41N
R5E
T41N
R6E
40 North   T40N
R2E
T40N
R3E
T40N
R4E
T40N
R5E
T40N
R6E
T40N
R7E
39 North   T39N
R3E
T39N
R4E
T39N
R5E
T39N
R6E
T39N
R7E
38 North   T38N
R4E
T38N
R5E


Area Maps

These maps show the various regions of the county with two to four townships on each map. There is quite a bit of overlap between the maps. The images are about 50 kilobytes each, and each map will come up in a new browser window.

Northwest     Northeast
Central - West     Central - East
Southwest     Southeast


Link to County Map

The link above goes to a full map of the county. This is a moderately large image (542 kilobytes), and will probably take a couple of minutes to download with a 56Kb modem. Also, some browsers won't render it correctly, or the rendering will "break up" when you scroll the browser window. It is probably best viewed by downloading it to your own computer and then using a graphics program to see it (Microsoft Photo Editor, Adobe PhotoShop, etc).


Links to Various Files

Most of these are moderately large files and will take several minutes (at best) to download with a 56Kb modem. They also stand a good chance of not rendering properly in browsers. Most are uncompressed because "zip compression" does not reduce the size of GIF images. The two "*.zip" files were created only to allow downloading of multiple images at once.

All "Individual Township" maps in a single zip file (867KB).
All "Area Maps" files in a single zip file (293KB).
Political township map used to create the "Survey-to-Political Township Image Map" (81KB).
Survey township map used to create the "Survey-to-Political Township Image Map" (295KB).

The following are the original map scans, with file names that indicate the area covered. For example, the name 4e40n-3e39n.gif indicates that the image covers a square that T40N,R4E in the upper right (northeast) corner and T39N,R3E in the lower left (southwest) corner. (There was a reason for using that convention - it turned out to be a dumb reason, but there really was one.)
File Name Upper Right Corner Lower Left Corner Size
4e40n-3e39n.gif T40N,R4E T39N,R3E 463KB
4e41n-3e41n.gif T41N,R4E T41N,R3E 550KB
4e43n-3e42n.gif T43N,R4E T42N,R3E 416KB
5e41n-5e40n.gif T41N,R5E T40N,R5E 552KB
5e43n-4e42n.gif T43N,R5E T42N,R4E 591KB
7e39n-5e39n.gif T39N,R7E T39N,R5E 457KB


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