National Mapping in the 19th and 20th centuries

Date / time: 26 August, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

National Mapping in the 19th and 20th centuries


Maps are a valuable resource for local and family historians. Emma’s talk will look at three national mapping schemes: The 1941-43 Farm Survey, The 1910-1915 Valuation Office Survey and the mid-nineteenth century Tithe Survey, demonstrating how to find and search these records and highlight the types of information which these maps and their related documents contain. The records created as a result of the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836 are of enormous interest to local and family historians. Dave’s talk will illustrate how the maps and the accompanying apportionments can be used to identify the precise locations of individual houses listed in the records, and to bring our early Victorian ancestors’ lives into focus.

Emma Down is a qualified Archivist and has been working with historic map collections since 2013. Formerly a Maps and Plans Records Specialist at The National Archives, she is now Archivist at the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office. Emma is co-author of Somerset Mapped, is a trustee of the Somerset Record Society and edits their newsletter, Off the Record.

Dave Annal is a former Principal Family History Specialist with the National Archives and worked at the Family Records Centre for many years. Dave has written a number of family history books including the bestselling beginner’s guide Easy Family History and, with Peter Christian, he is the co-author of Census: the Family Historian’s Guide. He is also a regular contributor to Family Tree Magazine where he is currently running the Family Tree Academy, and a popular speaker on the family history circuit. In 2019 Dave was awarded a Fellowship of the Society of Genealogists.

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