Historical Mapping

Old maps can be very useful for family historians, helping to locate where ancestors lived. Ordnance Survey maps are probably the most familiar. Various editions/series have been published:

  • 1st (Old) Series 1805-1874
  • New Series 1872-1897
  • Revised New Series 1895-1904 (RN)
  • 3rd Edition 1903-1919
  • 4th Edition 1911-1912
  • Popular Edition 1919-1926
  • 5th Edition 1931-1939
  • New Popular (6th) Edition 1945-1947 (NPE)
  • 7th Series 1952-1962

Sources for historic OS maps

Scale Online Printed
one inch (to one mile)
1:63360
National Library of Scotland (RN, NPE, 7th), Ancestry (RN), Vision of Britain (1st, NPE) Alan Godfrey maps
Cassini Maps
2½ inch (to one mile)
1:25000
National Library of Scotland
6 inch (to one mile)
1:10560
British History Online, Old-Maps, National Library of Scotland
25 inches (to one mile)
1:2500
British History Online, Old-Maps, National Library of Scotland Alan Godfrey maps

Maps of parish boundaries & civil registration districts can also be useful. Some sources of boundary maps are:

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