07 November 2011

Mapping in the UK Has Just Gotten More Fun!

FIND, www.findfreemaps.co.uk, offers totally free access to a range of constantly updated maps from reputable sources such as the Ordnance Survey and Google.  The site offers a free toolkit which allows users to draw on the maps and to insert text and graphics.  It also allows you to instantly measure, style, color and print finished maps or save them as PDFs.

Having selected a map and a location, you can examine an area in which family members lived or create personalized maps showing, for example, the geographical movements of an individual family member, the distribution of different family members or the location of graves.  Additional information may be added to maps of the UK only from a range of layers grouped under various headings including ‘heritage’ and ‘boundaries’.  The ‘Your Google Map’ feature is unique to the site and allows users to custom color every feature on their maps.

Here is an example map to demonstrate how the site might be used by genealogists.

What a great and fun way to share the movements of a UK family or family member!

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