Atlases and Maps
Atlases and Maps can be a great aid to finding where your ancestors
lived. Over the years streets get knocked down, villages disappear
and cities expand. During the second world war many streets were
bombed and areas changed out of all recognition.
Some atlases include city/town centre plans and are at a large
enough scale to show houses. Bartholomew's 1897 Atlas of England
and Wales includes great detail, and shows the structure of towns
and cities with outlines of streets. It contains detailed major
town and city street maps showing locations no longer in existence
through development and bombing in World War II.
contain lists of place names with descriptions. They can give detailed
information including information on barony, borough, burgh, chapelry,
civil-parish, ecclesiastical parish, hamlet, liberty, market towns,
parish, quoad sacra parish, riding, tithing, town land and townships,
location, population, distance from nearest rail station, distance
from either London or Dublin, soil conditions, natural resources,
goods manufactured, names of churches, monuments, and historical
information. Some also contain maps to illustrate the county sections.
records give you information about pupils in a school or university
- they usually include the name, birth date, entrance/leaving dates,
address, and career information (where available). Some registers
can also give details about the teachers/masters, matches, competitions,
prize and honour lists, school sports results, challenge cup holders,
University records usually give the same information, but include
more detailed biographies of graduates, as well as listing their
achievements. School/College/University records are useful for finding
out more about your ancestors' education and to gain an understanding
of how different education was back then.
Most criminal registers provide details of the offender, including
name, aliases, court, offence and sentence/aqquital. These registers
can be useful for finding criminals in your ancestral line - the
only criminal registers I have found are for counties from 1805
to 1816, from S&N
Tips & Things to Remember
- Consider spelling variants, wrong names, and the possibility
that it was never recorded.
Where Can I Search these Records?