Monday, 17 August 2015

English boundary maps on London FamilySearch Centre website

From the Federation of Family History Societies (

England Jurisdiction Maps

The London FamilySearch Centre can be found on the first floor of The National Archives at Kew. It is extensively used by family historians who consult its large stock of films of parish registers and other resources.

The Centre's recently upgraded website now includes a series of interactive maps showing the boundaries of a range of key jurisdictions in England as at 1851. The separate layers available include:

Civil registration districts
Poor Law Unions

For each layer, you can zoom in to parish level and confirm the relevant jurisdiction. Readers can choose from three different background options:

Map: A simple map
Satellite: Modern arial view
Ordnance Survey: 19th-century Ordnance Survey map

When you find an locality of interest, you can home in on "street view" or follow up a range of options such as compiling a list of parishes within a particular district. Your search can also move on to discover associated material in the Library catalogue and Research Wiki .

Navigation is supported by a written introduction.

This facility is a major boost for anyone with English ancestry. It is particularly helpful if you do not live in the same area as your forebears and are unfamiliar with the record-keeping organisations that operated there in the past.

The facility is available at

(With thanks to Francis Howcutt and Philippa McCray)


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  1. These maps have been available for a long time on the main familysearch site at - they have proved very useful :)

  2. This excellent facility is the same as which has been available for years.