Tuesday 1 May 2012

Mappy Monday - Collections on a map

This is the latest feature to be released on The National Archives Labs and you can use it to locate several kinds of local history resources. You can search by place or by document type to get the full reference, and in the case of the Early Maps and the two photograph collections you can see an image too. The collections you can search are:

This illustration shows the result of a search with 5km of Wootton Wawen in Warwickshire, revealing some tithe maps, school files and a few photographs, including two of Henley-in-Arden. One of the school files is a Building Grant Application for Wootton Wawen National School (Ref ED 105/53/19 p397); I may have a look at it one day, because I attended that school for a year in the early 1960s.

These records are local history rather than obvious family history resources, but my justification for including them in my family history blog is that good family historians should be interested in local history too. There are some useful guides on a number of local history resources, including schools, villages, monastic lands and more on The National Archives Looking for a place page.


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