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Old Maps Online

Family historians are usually keen to know more about the character of the places where their forebears lived. Historical maps are key sources of information in this quest. But how can we find them?

A helpful overview can be found at the Old Maps Online website, whose search engine indexes over 100,000 online digital maps from collections at libraries and other institutions across the world. Links from the site take readers to digital images held on the websites of the organisations associated with the OMO project.

You can search either by typing in a place name or by picking a location on a zoomable world map and you can restrict your query to a particular date range. A list of all relevant maps then appears and you click on those of interest in order to travel to the relevant websites.

There is no charge for visiting Old Maps Online, which points the way to detailed maps of areas within a wide variety of countries. Any arrangements there may be to purchase copies can be found on the website of the institution that submitted the map.


Francis Howcutt
FFHS Archives Liaison

24 September 2013

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