1911 Census now linked with Historic Maps

1911 census MapsAncestry have announced that the 1911 images that they have offered online for some time now have been replaced with images that have the previously hidden ‘Infirmity’ column disclosed. Good to have full access to all the 1911 census details.

The really exciting news is that they have linked the census forms to their UK Maps Collection dating from 1896 – 1904 that they have online. I tested this out using my grandparents Alfred & Ada Hawkins who lived in Farnborough, Hampshire. I’m pleased to report that none of family suffered from an infirmity, however the map attached to the census was for Farnborough in Warwickshire not Hampshire. I then tried a search for my other grandparents William & Eliza Elliott and found them on the census correctly with the right map attached.

It would have been helpful to be able to attached the map to the individuals on my Ancestry Tree, but perhaps this is a facility that Ancestry will introduce later. Overall a good addition to Ancestry.co.uk



Manchester Maps Online Free


It’s the 4th day of the new year and at last MadAboutGenealogy has moved out of the cemetery !!! For those who haven’t caught up on my posts since the 1st January they have been about cemeteries and graveyards. Oh well it’s amazing what makes genealogists happy Winking smile

Today I am posting about the new release of Manchester maps, great news for my friend Jill who has all her ancestors within 50 miles of Manchester, she is a neat and tidy person and likes to corral her family in a distinct area!

The maps are part of the John Rylands University Digital Library and date from 1794 through to 1956. They comprise private surveys, the familiar Ordnance Survey maps and maps showing the Manchester shipping canal and docks.

Maps can be zoomed into allowing details such as house outlines, building names and internal layout of public building to become clear. The maps can be searched by place-names.

This collection will be of great value to family and local historians and will work well alongside the census. Lucky genealogists with Manchester ancestors.

Also available online are Commercial Street Directory maps dating from the 1750’s and the Manchester Blitz maps.

The maps are

William Green’s map of Manchester & Salford 1794
Joseph Adshead maps of Manchester 1851
Ordnance Survey 60 inches to 1 mile Manchester & Salford 1850
Ordnance Survey 6 inches to 1 mile Manchester 1848
Ordnance Survey 25 inches to 1 mile selection of Lancashire sheets 1888 – 1933
Ordnance Survey National Grid series  1948 – 1955
Ship Canal
Commercial Street Directory Maps 1750’s to 20th c.
WW2 Aerial Bomb Maps



England & Wales Maps 1896–1904 now on Ancestry

Ancestry MapsI thought Ancestry might give their subscribers a Christmas gift or two and this release is a useful addition to their genealogy offerings. Maps are essential to family historians, if you don’t know where your ancestors lived, was it a rural or an industrial location,which towns and villages were within walking distance, was there a railway or canal nearby? All this information can give important clues to the lives of your family.

This dataset comprises 122 Victorian maps dating from 1896. The maps show railways lines & stations, schools, roads, canals, public houses, farms and rivers & streams. The originals are the Ordnance Survey Revised New Series.

Unfortunately the individual maps aren’t dated on the database,but as the time period only spans six year I don’t suppose it matters greatly. Lastly there is also a facility to purchase a paper copy of the maps via a link to Cassini Maps.

A good addition to the Ancestry stable of genealogy resources.


Free Cassini Maps


Cassini Maps are offering a free map to those who live in the UK and who are happy to pay the post & packing charge of £3.49. You can choose which maps you would like and it will be either the Old Series, Revised New Series or the Popular Series. The offer depends on stock availability and is on a first come first served basis, so don’t delay!

To get your free map, simply visit their website.


Tithe & Enclosure Maps Online

Tithe MapThe British Library has a good web page listing the Tithe Maps that can be viewed online for various counties. These maps aren’t part of the British Library website, but are hosted by the local archives themselves.

Coverage of online maps is patchy at the moment, but it does seem as if they are becoming more popular as a project for county record offices and archives. I note that the wonderful Berkshire Record Office Enclosure Maps website isn’t included. I’m surprised at the omission as this is a site that has set the standard for others to follow, I’ve put a link below as I can recommend you take a look at the site even if you don’t have any Berkshire Ancestors.Genealogy Family History Ancestry.co.uk

Ancestry.co.uk of course have recently placed online the Tithe Maps & Documents for Dorset, perhaps more counties will follow, fingers crossed. Remember you can enjoy 14 days free access to the Ancestry website if you haven’t subscribed in the past. There is a link below.

Back on the British Library website there is a helpful Guide to Tithe Maps which is worth reading before you dive into these records. National Archives also have a great guide to Tithe Maps and also one on Enclosure Awards

Tithe Maps, Apportionment Papers, Enclosure Maps & Papers are an underused genealogy resource and are a joy to use. Go on – break your reliance on parish registers and census and see what Tithe & Enclosure maps & accompanying documents can tell you about your ancestors!!