How to Locate Abandoned and Hidden British Villages on Google Maps

Have you found that your ancestors came from a village that no seemingly longer exists in Britain? If so, then the following excerpt is a “must read.” It’s taken from an excellent article posted August 31, 2016 at I highly recommend that you take a look.


Whether they’ve fallen victim to Mother Nature or been commandeered for the war effort, Britain is host to countless lost settlements. Here’s how to visit them online.

Isn’t it strange to think there are places in Britain where folks once lived, but don’t anymore? Many centuries, even millennia-old settlements have been deserted due to illness, the elements or wartime requirements.

A great way to discover some of the fascinating ghost towns and villages around the UK is through Google Maps online or via the Google Earth desktop program. Click the links below to explore these abandoned or lost communities.

How to find hidden villages on Google Maps
While the overhead maps don’t always offer that much detail, you can click on the yellow stick man and drop him to a spot on the map to view street-level photos and 360-degree panoramas shot by visitors to these sites.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Bundle of Two Popular Genealogy Atlases & a U.S. County Wall Map- on Sale for 35% off thru Wed, Aug 31


Family Roots Publishing has a pretty good stock of the Family Tree Atlases, as well U.S. County Wall Maps – so we decided to bundle them together and off the package at 35% off – just $60.40 for all three items, plus $8 USA postage.

Click here or on the illustration to order.

If you already have one or more of these items and would just like to order 1 or 2, we also discounted the U.S. Atlas and the County Wall Map by 28% purchased individually. The Europe atlas can be purchased individually for 33% off. Click on the links to purchase. Use your back arrow to return to this page and order as a bundle.

Note that detailed reviews of each of the 3 items are also available. Click on the “See Review” links below the items to read the review. Click on your back arrow to return to this page.

This Map Bundle is made up of 3 popular Genealogy-related map and atlas products. They are:

Click on each of the links to see the item at its own page. Use your back arrow to return to this page and purchase as a bundle.

The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of U.S. History 1790-1900


Since Family Roots Publishing recently began marketing The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of U.S. History 1790-1900, I figured it was about time to write a more detailed review of the book than I’ve been able to locate elsewhere. It’s easy to say that there are maps from all 50 states, in alphabetical order, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

First off, the book is printed in full color, with a color hard cover (no dust jacket). It’s 8.5 x 11 x 3/4 inches in size, and is 223 pages in length. It was printed in 2014. I’ve had a copy since the book came out and often refer to it. The volume lists my friend, Allison Dolan as the publisher/editorial director, Jacqueline Musser as editor, Christy Cotterman as designer, and Debbie Thomas as the production coordinator.

The maps are historic in nature, coming from the famed David Rumsey collection. Since the book is only 8.5 x 11 in size, with many pages having two or more maps on a page, quite a number of the colorful maps had to be shrunk tremendously to fit them on the page. In some cases this caused the town names to be so tiny that they are nearly illegible. If this is the case, I recommend that the user let the map drive them to the David Rumsey collection online to view the map there. In many cases the type in the book is legible however, even though you might have to use your magnifying glass to read the print!

The volume includes:

  • Full-color historical maps of the United States from each decade of the nineteenth century.
  • Detailed, full-color historical maps of all 50 states
  • Charming nineteenth-century panoramic maps of key cities
  • Special-interest maps, which provide intriguing peeks into American society from average family sizes to taxation per capita to regional industries
  • Timelines for each of the states

Family Roots Publishing is currently running a promotion on the volume, discounting it 28% off the normal MSRP, making the price just $25.19. Click here or on the illustration to order.

The following is an expanded Table of Contents, with the maps and illustrations listed in the same order as found within the volume:

America 1755
United States 1783
United States 1805
United States 1816
United States 1832
United States 1839
United States 1846
United States 1852
United States 1862
United States 1867
United States 1876
United States 1885
United States 1899
Alabama 1831
Alabama 1845
Alabama 1852
Alabama Birmingham Panoramic
Alabama 1866
Alabama 1909
Alaska 1898
Arizona 1865
Arizona 1877
Arizona Phoenix 1885 Panoramic
Arizona 1890
Arizona 1909
Arkansas 1826
Arkansas Little Rock 1871 Panoramic
Arkansas 1835
Arkansas 1838
California 1846
California Sacramento 1890 Panoramic
California 1856
California 1867
California 1909
Colorado 1864
Colorado Denver 1908 Panoramic
Colorado 1865
Colorado 1871
Colorado 1885
Colorado 1889
Colorado 1909
Connecticut 1795
Connecticut New Have 1879 Panoramic
Connecticut 1826
Connecticut 1832
Connecticut 1845
Connecticut 1867
Connecticut 1889
Connecticut 1903
Delaware 1795 Continue reading “The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of U.S. History 1790-1900”

The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe – A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History 1700s-1900s


I’ve had a personal copy of The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe – A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History 1700s-1900s since 2015, and find it a terrific reference and visual research tool. Family Roots Publishing began marketing the book a while back, and I’ve decided that I really need to do a review of the volume, as the promotional materials currently available really don’t get into the detail that’s needed.

First off – the 223 page volume is hardback with a very attractive color cover (no dust jacket on this volume). The book is large (measuring 10 3/4 x 12 x 3/4 inches), as you’d expect in an atlas wherein a lot of data is condensed on each page. The clarity of the color printing is great, with almost all city names, no matter how small the type, legible. There are a few exceptions, but not many. In some cases, you’ll have to use a magnifying glass, as there’s much on the page!

Allison Dolan is listed as the Publisher/Community Leader of the volume, with the help of editor Kelsea Daulton, Researcher Andrew Koch, Designer Kelly Pace, and Production Coordinator Debbie Thomas. Most of the maps come from the David Rumsey collection of historic maps.

The maps are grouped for easy reference, and the chapters laid out so that geographic areas near each other are also near in the book. To make understanding the maps easier, the volume includes a country-by country listing of administrative divisions.

Family Roots Publishing is currently running a promotion on the volume, with the price being just $26.79, 33% off the normal MSRP. The offer is for a limited period and subject to supplies on hand. Click here or on the illustration to order.

The following is an expanded Table of Contents – in the same order as will be found in the book:

Europe 1736
Europe 1811
Europe 1823
Europe 1835
Europe 1842
Europe 1856
Europe 1873
Europe 1903
Europe 1921
Europe Ethnology 1922
Europe 1948
Ireland 1736
Ireland 1823
Ireland 1831
Ireland 1856
Ireland Galway 1872
Ireland 1865
Ireland 1883
Ireland Dublin 1883
Ireland Belfast 1872
Ireland 1925
Scotland 1836
Scotland 1811
Scotland Glasgow 1872
Scotland 1823
Scotland 1831
Scotland Troon, Ardrossan and Irvine 1872
Scotland 1856
Scotland Orkney Isles 1856
Scotland Shetland Isles 1856
Scotland Edinburgh 1883
Scotland 1922
England & Wales 1736
England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland 1799
England Bristol 1872
England Cardiff 1872
England, Wales & Scotland 1801
England & Wales 1823
England Liverpool 1883
England & Wales 1856
England & Wales 1873
England & Wales 1883
England & Wales 1925
England London 1883
Spain & Portugal 1736 Continue reading “The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe – A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History 1700s-1900s”

The United States Genealogical County Map

Large maps are fun and useful, if just for the details they can show. The Genealogical County Map is a large format, 27″ by 39″, map of the United States. This map shows rivers, lakes, state capitals and every county by name. Maybe its the genealogical geek in me, but an over-sized map of state counties is just cool.

The Genealogical County Map is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: EV0014, Price: $17.95. FRPC has a limited number of the maps on hand, and is currently running a sale on them at 28% off, making them just $12.92.

Historic Streetcar Routes of San Francisco

The following is from the July 30, 2016 edition of


Once upon a time, San Francisco was crawling with streetcars. And thanks to the new interactive map Where The Streetcars Used To Go, history buffs can retrace their historic routes without leaving home.

The map, created by local designer Chris Arvin, combines data from four different sources to give viewers the names and photos of routes that operated in decades past, in comparison to the city’s streetcar network today.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

London Digital Photo Archive – by Street – is Now Online

The following excerpt is from an article Posted July 27, 2016 at

A close-up of the London Picture Map, showing the incredible density of entries.
A close-up of the London Picture Map, showing the incredible density of entries.

With over 150,000 pictures now mapped across the city, a new digital photo archive of the city of London is so rich in content it’s almost too much to cope with.

Launched last week, Collage, The London Picture Map allows you to trace London’s visual history street by street. Supported by the City of London Corporation, it’s the result of two full years of digitizing and mapping images from the London Metropolitan Archive and the Guildhall Art Gallery, which together possess the largest collection of London images in the world.

This huge task has now made reimagining old London easier than ever. Simply choose a location across the city and a few clicks will lead you directly to tens of thousands of photos, paintings, drawings and historic posters. It’s the ideal visual counterpart to an ancient city where, even in recently built areas, you can often feel like you’re treading on ghosts. Think of the London Picture Map as a dream chest opening up views to not just what once was, but to what could have been.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the Heads-Up.

Flash Sale – 20% off select Family Tree Books

The following books are all on sale at 20% off, through July 5 or while supplies last.

The Family Tree Polish, Czech And Slovak Genealogy Guide, How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe; by Lisa A Alzo

Trace Your German Roots Online, A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites; by James M Beidler

Unofficial Guide to, How to Find Your Family History on the No. 1 Genealogy Website; by Nancy Hendrickson

The Family Tree Historical Maps Book, A State-by-State Atlas of US History, 1790-1900; by Allison Dolan

The Family Tree Historical Maps Book – Europe, A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History, 1700s-1900s; by Allison Dolan

How to Archive Family Photos, A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally; by Denise May Levenick

Unofficial Guide to, How to Find Your Family History on the Largest Free Genealogy Website; by Dana Mccullough

The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried and True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors; by Marsha Hoffman Rising

The Genealogist’s U.S. History Pocket Reference: Quick Facts and Timelines of American History to Help Understand Your Ancestors; by Nancy Hendrickson

The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe; by James Beidler

Family Tree Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition; by Diane Haddad

From the Family Kitchen, Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes; by Gena Philibert-Ortega

The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe: Your Essential Guide to Trace Your Genealogy in Europe; by Allison Dolan

The National Archives of Georgia Posts Historic Maps

Alerted by a ResearchBuzz posting about the country of Georgia having posted historic maps, I went looking to see what’s available.


First off – I recommend that anyone interested in Georgia should take a look at the National Archives of Georgia Flickr page. Wow! Lots of cool Georgian maps. Some have the place names translated, and many others are in Georgian.

The following announcement from Georgia’s National Agency of Public Registry was also posted. I found the site difficult to navigate, even with the help of Chrome’s Georgian to English translation.,29 Oct 2015 – 15:24, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s National Agency of Public Registry has launched a project to digitalise and create an online archive of unique historical maps of Georgia that are accessible to citizens all over the country.

The Registry said more than 90 percent of the 1,550 topographic maps were already uploaded and available for public access at the site

The process had been difficult as some of the maps had been created in the second half of the 20th Century and had only been preserved as a single sample, the Agency added.

These maps, created over the period from 1953-1989, are of unique historical value and were subject of frequent requests by state offices and engineering organisations. The digital archive will ensure their preservation and enhance their accessibility,” National Agency of Public Registry chairman Papuna Ugrekhelidze said while announcing the project.

The maps – featuring scales of 1:2000 and 1:5000 – were collected from the cartographic archive of the Public Registry. The samples were scanned using high resolution digital processing and uploaded to the online catalogue, which included a search function.

The digitalised maps were expected to be useful for organisations and individuals in matters of administrative borders, defence, agriculture and infrastructure.

Georgia’s Public Registry was granted the cartographic office in 2010 after the unit was transferred from the Environment Protection and Natural Resources Ministry.

In recent years the Registry has carried out a number of cartographic projects and has produced digital maps for serving citizens and field specialists.

Bluesky Brings Old British Aerial Photos Online

The following press release is from

View the History of Britain from the Air as Bluesky Brings Old Aerial Photos Online
Thousands of aerial photographs of Britain, dating back more than seventy years, are now available online. Visitors to can now search, view and download images from the Old Aerial Photos collection, which includes some of the earliest commercial aerial survey images, military photographs as well as many national archives. Offering a record of most major UK cities and towns, transport and utility infrastructure and commercial property developments, the images are an invaluable resource for anyone with a personal or professional interest in local studies, genealogy, boundary disputes, environmental land use research or town planning.

“Our Mapshop is already established as to the ‘go to’ place for modern aerial photography, with multiple dates of imagery available for the whole of England, Scotland and Wales,” says Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky. “The addition of the Old Aerial Photos archive was therefore the next step. Complementing the modern images, as well as the other map layers available, this archive is a really interesting and valuable resource for a range of applications.”

The Old Aerial Photos archive of historic aerial images includes around 100,000 individual images dating back to the 1960s. The newly available images include archives from some of the forerunners of today’s aerial photography industry as well as photographs from the UK military. Visitors to can also access archive images from more familiar names such as Infoterra, GeoPerspectives and SCRAN (formerly BLOM).


The online archive can be searched using a postcode, street or city name, or Ordnance Survey grid reference. Once the Old Aerial Photos option has been selected the Bluesky Mapshop viewer window then displays small camera icons for each image available within the search area. Clicking on an icon displays a preview of the aerial image as well as information about the photograph including when it was taken.

By clicking through to the ‘Choose your product’ page, the visitor can get an overview of all products available within the search area before selecting the Old Aerial Photos option. Details of each image, including scale, date and price, are displayed and the visitor can choose different purchase options, such as Standard Scan or Archive Pack, accompanying Letter of Authenticity, Printed Version and Delivery Option.

Contacts: Bluesky, tel +44 (0)1530 518 518,,

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Maps of the USA Showing Our Ancestry & Other Cool Stuff


The following teaser is from a fascinating article by Ana Swanson, published June 19, 2015 in the online edition of the Washington Post.

The way that different races and ethnicities are spread around the U.S. says a lot about our history. Some groups ended up in a particular region of the U.S. through the invitation of friends and family; others relocated to a particular place because the timing of their migration coincided with the “opening up” or economic boom of a certain part of the U.S. Of course, other patterns stem from more tragic histories, including the concentration of Native Americans onto reservations and the imprint of slavery in the South.

Nathan Yau, a statistician who runs the blog Flowing Data, has made a series of gorgeous maps breaking down the population of America. The maps are part of his recent project to recreate the 1874 Statistical Atlas of the United States with the original design but 2013 data. Below are 15 of them that illustrate how the U.S. population got here. All of these categories are self-reported; the data is based on what Americans told Census workers about race, ethnicity and background.

Read the full article.

The Ethnic Mapping of America

I’ve posted blogs dealing with America’s ethnic map before. However, it’s worth doing again. The following excerpt is from an article in the April 18, 2014 edition of the online Washington Post:


The history of European colonization of the Americas is still evident today in most of the United States. This very cool map shows which ancestries make up the largest population in each of the country’s 3,144 counties.

Some highlights to note: The Irish really do run Boston. People of Irish ancestry make up the largest contingent of counties in Massachusetts, and in parts of Rhode Island, southern New Hampshire and eastern New York. The only counties outside the Northeast where the Irish make up the biggest share of the population are in southern Oregon.

Read the full article by Reid Wilson.

Alsace-Lorraine: Atlantic Bridge to Germany

bk531Many years have passed since North America has seen any of its national boundaries change. Most of the World has proven less stable of recent decades. Even Europe has seen its share of change. World history is wroth with the ebb and flow of political and military boundaries. During the middle ages and on up to the First World War a modest portion of western-central Europe was a land of ever changing boundaries. In the heart of this area were the German people. At different times, different rulers and governments ruled the various lands, including areas of modern France, Austria, and more. As maps changed, so did the names of towns and parishes throughout the region. At one point a town may have a German name, and at another time a French name. Sorting out the names of places, as they would have appeared on records and documents at any particular time in history is difficult. Fortunately, researches have spent countless hours reviewing and documenting these variation.

Alsace-Larraine: Atlantic Bridge to Germany is the result of one such endeavor. In this book, the researcher will discover indexes and maps of place names in Alsace and Lorraine during the time of the German Empire (1871-1918). There are indexed alphabetically in both French and German. The book also includes a list of available records in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, as well as a short history and how to research the area.

Like a Disney cartoon, this book was out of print for nearly seven years. Fortunately, the author, Charles M. Hall, has granted rights to Origins. Origins has been pulled the book from the vaults, as it were, reprinted and re-released the book for 2012.


Table of Contents

Introduction and Explanation




Immigration History

Emigration History


Industry and Natural Resources

Transportation and Communication



Personality of People

Family History Library

Church Records

Civil Registration


Archives in France

Genealogical Societies in France

Resources for Alsace-Lorraine Research

Internet Websites


Word List (English, German, French)

Key to Map Terms

Government Districts


Kreis Map and List

Key to Map Pages

Maps of Alsace-Lorraine

Placenames (alphabetized by German name)

Placenames (alphabetized by French name)


Alsace-Larraine: Atlantic Bridge to Germany is available from Family Roots Publishing

The New Google Maps is Out!

The following is from the Google Maps blog.


Over the coming weeks, the new Google Maps will make its way onto desktops around the world. Many of you have been previewing it since its debut last May, and thanks to your helpful feedback we’re ready to make the new Maps even more widely available.

It’s now even easier to plan your next trip, check live traffic conditions, discover what’s happening around town, and learn about a new area—with Pegman’s help if needed. Here’s a quick refresher on what to expect in the new Google Maps:

Make smarter decisions. Simply search for “coffee” in your neighborhood, and you’ll be able to see results and snippets right on the map. When you click on a cafe, the map will suggest related results that you may not have known about.

Read the full article.

An Atlas of German Migration and America

ce05Family Roots Publishing carries a great collections of Atlases. One particularly interesting series are those produced by Carrie Eldridge. These unique map books show the migration and population spread of early colonists and their descendant from the colonial days through the California Gold Rush years. Each focuses on trail groups and assoiciated settlements. In one particular book, Eldridge focuses on a specific group of colonist, the Germans. An Atlas of German Migration and America shows not only the settlement and expansion of Germans in America, but also illustrates the lands from which they came, along with a bit of the history behind their migration.

Like all of Eldridge’s atlases, this book offers pages at 11″ x 17″, a size which is easy to read. With two columns per text page, each the size of a standard page, this book is the equivalent to a book twice as thick. Mixed with the maps are brief histories. These evaluations examine German history and the reasons so many Germans emigrated from their homeland with information on migration routes and settlement in America. The author states:

“Following German settlers across America is not difficult, but in order to locate your particular ancestor, a researcher must identify the settlers, learn where they came from, when they immigrated, how they left their homeland and perhaps why they decided to leave. It may also be necessary to learn a fair amount of German history. All of these pieces of knowledge may eventually help located your ancestors.”

This book is meant to get the research process well under way. With brief, easy-to-understand histories and clear maps, the reader’s knowledge needed for successful research is quickly expanded.

Eldridge’s other maps reviewed on this website include:


Table of Contents

A. Introduction

B. The German Homeland in Europe

  1. Locating the German Nation
  2. History of the German Region
  3. European Battleground
  4. German Problems

C. German Origins and Destinations

  1. 4 Major Periods of German Migration
  2. American Colonial Period
  3. America of 1800
  4. Leaving German Europe

D. America – Land of Opportunity

  1. Nineteenth Century Migration
  2. Land for Sale – The Northwest Territory
  3. The Expanding American Frontier

E. Conclusion

Bibliography and Resources


Maps and Illustrations

Figure a – Modern Europe
Figure 1 – Physical Features of Europe
Figure 2 – Divisions of Germany 1871
Figure 3 – Germany of 1871 with Division of Modern Germany
Figure 4 – European Invasion
Figure 5 – The Reformation
Figure 6 – Extent of German States 1810-1815
Figure 7 – Europe during the Napoleonic Era
Figure 8 – Prussia’s Expansion 1648-1795
Figure 9 – Germany of 1871 with Division of Modern Germany #2
Figure 10 – Ethnic Makeup of Europe 1914
Figure 11 – Major Events in German History
Figure 12 – River Watersheds of Germany
Figure 13 – Major Ports of the German Migration Period
Figure 14 – Primary German Settlements
Figure 15 – Colonial America & Rhine River Valley
Figure 16 – Early German Settlements in Colonial America
Figure 17 – Colonial America Migration Routes
Figure 18 – 1795-1812 Routes to the West
Figure 19 – 1790-1812 Ohio Country
Figure 20 – Exit Ports of the Colonial Period
Figure 21 – Migration Inside Europe
Figure 22 – German Populations in America
Figure 23 – The Cotton Connection of the 1820s
Figure 24 – Bremen and the Tobacco Trade 1830s
Figure 25 – Transporting People – Hamburg’s Trade
Figure 26 – 1850 – Canals and Railroads of the Northwest
Figure 27 – Railroads 1870
Figure 28 – American Migration Routes and German Settlement


Order a copy of An Atlas of German Migration and America from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: CE05.


Don’t forget these great books on German migration and German’s in America: