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Who Do You Think You Are? Mag­a­zine edi­tor Sarah Wil­liams at­tended the launch of the GB1900 His­tor­i­cal Gazetteer in the sum­mer, the out­put of which is avail­able via the Na­tional Li­brary of Scot­land’s won­der­ful maps por­tal ( geo.nls.uk/maps/gb1900). Vol­un­teers cre­ated this gazetteer of Great Bri­tain by ex­tract­ing all of the tex­tual in­for­ma­tion from the 1900 six-inch OS maps – re­sult­ing in about 2.6 mil­lion place names from not only towns and vil­lages, but farms, fields, woods, wells, foot­paths and wind­mills. Mean­while the wider NLS site has all kinds of maps cover­ing Scot­land, the UK and the world, in­clud­ing town plans, county maps, coastal charts, mil­i­tary maps and es­tate maps. A bound­aries viewer is use­ful for check­ing parishes, and you can browse the col­lec­tion by map-maker or place, or view them over­laid on mod­ern maps.

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