Maps, places and surnames

FamilySearch Place Research Tool

This new tool has replaced the Place Standard Finder and performs the same functionality and more. It provides access to standardized information about locations and can assist researchers in searching for exact spellings, checking whether locations exist, as well as…

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online (TGN)

The TGN includes names and associated information about places. Places in TGN include administrative political entities (e.g., cities, nations) and physical features (e.g., mountains, rivers). Current and historical places are included. Other information related to history, population, culture, art and…

Wikipedia – List of civil parishes in Scotland

This list of the 871 civil parishes in Scotland is arranged alphabetically by civil parish name and includes the council area, county in 1891 and notes. The parish name is hyperlinked and will take you to further inforamation if available.…

The Statistical Accounts of Scotland 1791-1845

These Statistical Accounts are an invaluable source for research on Scottish life in the 18th to 21st centuries. For each parish or town they cover subjects as diverse as population, industry, geography, transport and culture. This site offers now free…

Old Maps Online

The OldMapsOnline Portal is a gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by…

Historypin

Historypin lets you share historical pictures and stories by pinning them to a location on a world map. Google Street View can be overlaid with the historical photos for a modern comparison. Museums, individuals, local history societies, historical photo archives,…

Ancestry.com – Scotland Family History Research Page

There are 433+ data collections online. The records are fully indexed with a free surname search. Subscription options offer access to transcripts or digitised records.  The collections are arranged in the following categories:• Scotland Census & Voter Lists• Scotland Birth,…

Britain From Above – 1919-1953

This site offers free access to 96,000+ old aerial images of Britain.  It features some of the oldest and most valuable images of the Aerofilms Collection, a unique archive one million+ aerial photographs 1919 and 2006. The photographs on the…

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…

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…