Maps, places and surnames

A Vision of Britain through Time

A vision of Britain from 1801 to now. A unique site that uses census and other records to present the history of Britain through places. It includes maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.TIP: Do a search for the place where…

Old-maps.co.uk

Old-Maps is a comprehensive historical map archive with historical maps covering England, Wales and Scotland.  The map archive provides a step by step picture of land use changes that have taken place from the mid-19th Century onwards, from OS County…

FIND’s Sketchmap

This site allows you to create, customise, annotate and PDF your own maps for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The user-friendly mapping toolkit allows you to annotate with shapes, text, symbols, styling, use measuring tools and save to PDF…

GENUKI- Surname Lists

GENUKI – Surname Lists. This site has links to 30+ surname lists for various counties in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales plus the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. These lists provide details of surnames being researched by individual family…

What’s in a Name

This site details the origin of personal names or first names. It lists name variations, pet names, diminutives and abbreviations that you may find on genealogical databases and old records. This developing site has begun with Scottish names but Gaelic…

National Library of Scotland

National Library of Scotland The Digital Gallery allows you to view digitised material from the collections including thousands of maps 1560-1928, medical history of British India, golf in Scotland 1457-1744, photographs and much more. There is also online access to…

ScotlandsPlaces

ScotlandsPlaces offers placename searches across databases from Historic Environment Scotland, National Records of Scotland and National Library of Scotland. Enter a place name into the search box or select a county from the map or list. Some of the extensive…

Addressing History

A searchable, historical database of the people of Edinburgh, Scotland. This project has combined data from digitised historical Scottish Post Office Directories with historical maps. The project has focused on three eras of Edinburgh mapping and Post Office Directories (1784-1785;…

The Gazetteer for Scotland

This geographical database features details of towns, villages, bens and glens. It also includes text from Francis Groome’s 19th century Ordnance Gazetteer for Scotland.

ScotlandsPeople

This site is the official online source of parish register, civil registration, census and wills & testaments records for Scotland. The indexes are now free to search but a pay-per-view fee applies to access the digital images of the original…