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Bertie County, North Carolina

Available Modern Maps

Chamber of Commerce | County Roads |Topographical |Dept of Trans |Aerial


Chamber of Commerce Map

Available free from the Chamber of Commerce.
Shows all major highways as well as minor roads. Also an index-locator for roads which is a big help! Towns and Cashie River are identified.
Back has detailed map of Windsor and index of streets.
Size: 17 x 15

County Road - EMS

Can be purchased from Map Department, Courthouse, Windsor. Cost $4.00
Contains all roads as well as indentification numbers, i.e. 800, 900, 1000,1100
Waterways are indicated but not identified. Size:21 x 27

Topographical Maps

My Topo provides a topographical map which is helpful in locating Pocosins, Swamps, etc.

Department of Transportation Maps

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has two 30 3/4" x 19" black on white maps of Bertie County. These are not historical maps but they are an invaluable tool for any researcher.

Sheet 1 of 2 shows all roads, communities, the Roanoke, Chowan and Cashie Rivers, creeks, pocosins, swamps, churches, cemeteries, etc.

Sheet 2 of 2 depicts the enlargements for Aulander, Askewville, Colerain, Lewiston-Woodville, Powellsville, Roxobel and Windsor.

These maps may be ordered through the:
                                   North Carolina Department of Transportation
                                   Map Section - PO Box 25201
                                   Raleigh, NC 27611.

The cost is 40 cents per map page, plus six percent sales tax. All orders must be pre-paid. Checks should be made out to the NC Department of Transportation.

Aerials of US Farmland

It has only been in the twentieth century that aerial photography has become such an integral part of mapmaking. When Federal farm programs began in 1933, farmers who participated in the programs needed accurate measurements of their farms. Surveying methods had changed little over the years so maps still had to be drawn by hand and surveyors and chain carriers still had to walk the fields.

Because millions of acres of U.S. farmland had to be measured and mapped, a more expedient and cost-effective way to plot acreage had to be found. In 1935, the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), initiated the use of aerial photography as the basic tool to determine acreage.

Aerial photography clearly and precisely depicts the physical and cultural landscape of an area at a given point in time. Though this form of mapping began as crop measurement, the value of visual data expanded to include such things as road location and development, boundary determinations, urban and rural planning, drainage programs, powerline and pipeline construction, tax assessment, and historical recording of property changes.

Images supply geologists, urban and rural planners, ecologists, geographers, archaelogists, and historians with a pictorial basis to their work. Attorneys use aerial photography to settle cases of riparian rights, property disputes and transportation rights-of-way. And, in the last 15 years, family researchers have discovered the wonderful value of aerial photography.

Used in tandem with Topographical Maps (in particular), as well as other mapping resources and locator tools, land grants, deeds, surveys, wills, case files, etc., researchers have located and identified ancestral homesites as well as cemeteries.

Black and white aerial photographs of Bertie County clearly (without benefit of a magnifying glass) depict cultivated and uncultivated land, dirt and paved roads, houses and out-buildings, swamps, creeks and cemeteries. The likeness of the aerial photographic images and the Topographical Maps is striking. They support one another and they complement one another. Preserved for the future are the images, small as they might be, of all of the physical structures on many of the farms, some long ago destroyed and some still standing.

Ordering From U.S. Department of Agriculture, Aerial Photography Field Office
Their Web Page is located at>

Contact the the Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO), Farm Service Agency (FSA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Salt Lake City.


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