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



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!!




East London Maps Online

clip_image002[5]I was working on my London genealogy at the weekend and needed a large scale street map of Bethnal Green and a Google search brought up this website which offers some great maps online. The maps are part of the East London Family History Society’s website and many thanks to them for putting these maps online.

The areas covered are Bethnal Green, Stepney, Bow, Bromley and Poplar, the maps range from the 1769 Rocque maps to a modern 2008 map and a lot in between. It was very easy to located the little alley that some of my ancestors were lurking down when the census enumerator came to call and I can now pinpoint where all the family were living during the 19th century.

I was intrigued by Thomas Milne’s 1800, “Land Use Map of London & Environs” as


I hadn’t come across it before (always something new to learn in genealogy!) There is a key showing what use the land was being put to so if your ancestors were living in this rural area around 1800 you can get a good idea of what sort of farming/market gardening they were employed in.

The East London Family History Society website has much to offer those with ancestors from this area so well worth a look.