Posted by Ancestry Team on October 10, 2014 in In The Community, Research

Portrait Of Girl Studying Earth GlobeBecoming an expert in geography goes hand in hand with studying family history, especially if you had ancestors that never seemed to stay in one place. Learning where county lines were drawn and what the agricultural makeup was like in the regions our ancestors lived helps give color to their stories and understand why they settled where they did.

Today, we highlight a few of our favorite map collections in hopes they can help you bring more color to your ancestor’s story.

Ordnance Survey National Grid maps, 1940s-1960s are a fantastic resource of post-war maps of London and Edinburgh, complete with a digital overlay the historical maps on present day Google maps. Pretty neat!

The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World offers clues into how our ancestor’s migrated across the continents centuries ago. You can select point A to point B and which season and the model shows you the most common route travelers would have taken plus, the amount of money they would have paid for their voyage. 

Panoramic maps were all the rage in the late 1800s through early 1900s. In the Library of Congress panoramic maps collection you can find more than 1400+ panoramic maps from rural towns to large cities which are not only works of art in their own, but also provide a more visual experience to how cities flourished through the centuries.

The county level is a great place to start when researching family history, but how do you know if or when county lines changed over the decades? The Newberry Library has the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries which successfully mapped boundary changes at state and national levels and is available for FREE to download.

What have you been reading this week? Let us know in the comments below.

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