We love finding out how people use Ordnance Survey maps, whether it’s for business or pleasure, and something that has stood out more recently is those accessing our historical maps and using them to research family trees.
Later 19th century maps often identify the names of farms and properties where families were living and our maps can help researchers locate these homes and better understand how they fitted into the landscape and network of surrounding communities including giving reasons as to why a family may have moved around and then settled in a particular place.
Where they settled may also provide insight into peoples’ occupations or the type of farming the family embarked on, as does the distance to different types of transport detailed on the maps.
Although we don’t hold any historical maps anymore, maps dating back to 1840 are available to view in local libraries or through the Landmark Information Group where you can view and purchase historical maps online.
If you would like more information about how to get hold of historical maps, please click here.