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Maps can help you locate where your ancestors lived. There are many types of maps, and each can help you in a different way.
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Historical societies, county record offices, and public and university libraries all have collections of maps. The major collection for Scotland is at the National Library of Scotland. The National Library has many maps online, including the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd edition Ordnance Survey maps. Scottish Parish Maps on the ScotlandsFamily.org website show the location of each parish within a county.
Types of Maps
There are many types of maps such as:
Maps are published separately or in bound collections, called "atlases." You may find maps in gazetteers, guidebooks, local histories, directories, or historical and social texts.
Since 1800, the Ordnance Survey has been the major source of topographical maps. English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish maps are available in one-inch-to-the-mile, six-inches-to-the-mile, and twenty-five-inches-to-the-mile, and even ten-feet-to-the-mile. The series has been revised and published at different dates. An online version is available through Ordinance Survery Get a Map.
You will often need minute detail to find the location of an ancestor’s home. City and street maps are helpful when researching in large cities. A partial list of such maps available at the Family History Library is:
Use maps carefully because:
Finding the Specific Place on the Map
To do successful research in Scottish records, you must identify where your ancestor lived. Because many localities have the same name, you may need some more information before you can find the correct area on a map. Search gazetteers, histories, family records, and other sources to learn all you can about the area, including the following information:
This information will help you distinguish between places of the same name and help you locate the correct place on a map. See the "Gazetteers" section for more information.
Finding Maps and Atlases
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has a good collection of Scottish maps and atlases. To find call numbers, look in the search FamilySearch Catalog]Search under:
SCOTLAND - MAPS
Some helpful maps at the Family History Library are:
Contact your local bookstore to order maps of Scotland, or you may purchase maps by writing to either of the two following places:
Ordnance Survey Office
John Bartholomew and Sons Ltd
Scotland's Old and New Counties
In 1974, the thirty-four counties of Scotland were reorganized into twelve regions. For more information, see Scotland Old and New Counties.