Thanks to British GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) for letting me know about this useful web site.
The London FamilySearch 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 .
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 http://londonfamilyhistory.org/jurisdiction-maps/
(With thanks to Francis Howcutt and Philippa McCray)