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== <br>England, How To Find Maps<br> ==
Guide<br>Introduction<br>Maps are an important source for locating where your ancestors lived. They can identify:<br>• Places.<br>• Parishes.<br>• Jurisdictions.<br>• Churches.<br>• Cemeteries.<br>• Geographic features.<br>• Transportation routes.<br>• Distances.<br>Maps may be flat sheets, bound in atlases, or incorporated into gazetteers. This guide will tell you<br>about the usefulness of maps and instruct you on how to find maps of England. For more<br>information about maps, see Background.<br>What You Are Looking For<br>A map of the area of England where your ancestors lived in order to:<br>• Locate a place.<br>• Identify jurisdictions.<br>• Gain an understanding of the surrounding area.<br>Steps<br>These seven steps will help you find a map of England for use in your research.<br>Step 1. Determine your map needs.<br>Different types of maps serve different purposes. You should determine what kind of map you<br>need. Do you need to know:<br>• Neighboring towns?<br>• Distance between places?<br>• Boundaries of a jurisdiction?<br>• Agricultural uses of the land?<br>• Geographic features such as mountains and rivers, mines, or migration routes?<br>Determine your map needs so you can find the right type of map.<br>England, How to Find Maps<br>Research Guidance<br>Version of Data 03/08/01<br>2<br>Step 2. Look on the Internet.<br>Sites on the Internet provide maps of England. GENUKI, which stands for "Genealogy for the<br>United Kingdom and Ireland," provides links to maps of England as well as specific counties or<br>regions.<br>Also on GENUKI is the Parish database, which gives the geographic locations of churches. It can<br>also provide a list of all churches within a five-mile radius of the place you select.<br>Another valuable site is Multimap, which is a current, completely interactive atlas of Great Britain<br>that can zoom in right to the street level of cities.<br>Step 3. Visit a library near you, and look in the library catalog.<br>You will probably not find maps on the Internet to fill all of your needs. You could also visit a<br>library. Any library near your home may have maps of England. It may be a public, university, or<br>genealogical society library. The larger the library, the larger and more varied will be their map<br>collection. Look in the library's catalog for a list of maps, atlases, or gazetteers for England.<br>Step 4. Search the Family History Library Catalog.<br>You may search the Family History Library Catalog for maps of England. Go to What to Do Next,<br>select the catalog, and look for maps for England, a county, or a specific town or city. When<br>looking at the catalog entry for a map, make note of the library call number, and be sure to find<br>out if it is also available in microform.<br>Maps within books, such as local histories, are not normally listed in the Family History Library<br>Catalog. Many of these maps have been listed in Rural and City Maps.<br>Step 5. Obtain a copy of a map.<br>You can obtain a copy of a map in one of the following ways:<br>• Personally visit the Family History Library or another library, and use the library call number to<br>find a copy of a map.<br>• If you cannot personally visit a library, you may be able to have a map copied for you. Contact<br>the library and inquire about their photocopy services. The Family History Library also offers<br>photocopy services. You should complete a Request For Photocopies form, which is<br>available at Family History Centers. Include the library call number for the map, and mail it to<br>the library with payment.<br>• If the map is available on film or fiche at the Family History Library, you may visit a Family<br>History Center and order a copy of the film or fiche to be sent to the center for a small fee.<br>Step 6. Cite your sources.<br>Be sure to cite the source of your map. When you cite your source, you document the map. If you<br>should ever need to find the source of the map again, your documentation will show you where to<br>find it. If others should consult your research, they will also see where to find the source of the<br>map.<br>Cite your source on a research log, and include the library call number or Internet site address.<br>Your research log will serve as a guide to your research. When making photocopies of maps,<br>also cite the source on the copy.<br>England, How to Find Maps<br>Research Guidance<br>Version of Data 03/08/01<br>3<br>Step 7. Purchase a map.<br>You may purchase a map to help you in your research. Maps should be available at bookstores<br>and other similar outlets near you, or you can purchase maps directly from the Ordnance Survey<br>Office in England. Their Internet site also gives addresses for their world-wide outlets. Select<br>Where to Buy then World Wide for the location of outlets near you.<br>Background<br>Description<br>Maps are key to understanding the setting of your ancestors' lives. Your ancestors' childhoods,<br>educations, occupations, and migrational movements were all affected by the places in which<br>they lived. If your ancestors lived in a farming area, a mining area, or a city, they would likely<br>have followed occupations that were related to where they lived. If they chose to migrate to<br>another area, they would likely have followed accepted migration routes. Maps can help identify<br>and locate these types of features.<br>Maps are published individually or in atlases, which are bound collections of maps. Maps may<br>also be included in:<br>• Gazetteers.<br>• Directories.<br>• Guidebooks.<br>• Local histories.<br>• Other history texts.<br>Different types of maps can help you in different ways:<br>Historical maps and atlases are especially useful for understanding boundary changes. They<br>describe the growth and development of countries and may show:<br>• Various jurisdictional boundaries.<br>• Migration routes.<br>• Settlement patterns.<br>• Military campaigns.<br>• Other historical details.<br>Road atlases show distances between places and may provide landmarks.<br>Ordnance survey maps show townships in great detail—up to ten inches to the mile.<br>City and street maps are extremely helpful when researching large cities, such as London. City<br>maps can show the locations of:<br>• Churches.<br>• Cemeteries.<br>• Businesses.<br>• Government offices.<br>• Monuments.<br>• Parks.<br>Topographical maps show the terrain of the land.

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