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Research using Maps


1 : Obtain maps in as many scales as possible, this enables you to not only see what part of the country your ancestors came from, the larger scales will show the street or even the house they lived in.

2 : Maps are not just flat images, by understanding contour lines you can visualize the hills and valleys that formed natural barriers.

3 : Use your maps to understand why your ancestors walked five miles to market when there was a market only half a mile from their house, was there a river in between or a cliff, perhaps one market was in a town (better price for goods) whilst another was in a village (cheaper produce).

4 : Your maps will show the adjacent parishes where your ancestors may have moved or married

5 : One handy implement when using maps is a coloured transparent disc with a radius of 16 miles. Place the disc with its center on the village of your ancestor. In the majority of marriages his or her partners will come from a village contained in the area under your coloured disc.

6 : Use old maps to visualise the area in the time of your ancestors, before motorways and railways carved up the countryside

7 : Use the maps to find out what route your ancestors walked to church or to school.

8 : Compare the landscape your ancestor knew with the landscape of today, notice how the area has become more built up and the countryside diminished.

9 : Plot the positions of your ancestors families where they migrated, where their partners came from and where they ended up, understand the relationships of those places

10 : Visualise the landscape your anscetor lived in by the clues drawn on the map.