14 April 2013

James F S Thomson on Maps

Saturday's BIFHSGO meeting saw another large attendance, despite the weather, to hear Darryl Kennedy on Heraldry as a warm up to James F S Thomson.
Courtesy of via Rail, he had made it through an April storm to present Maps and Mapping for the Twenty-First Century Genealogist, a condensed version of an eight-hour course previously given for the Toronto Branch of OGS.
There was a lot crammed into a one hour presentation with significant sections dedicated to Scottish and Irish map resources. Those are of less interest for my own family history, which is just as well as the information came rather fast.
For England he highlighted the English Jurisdictions 1851 maps from Family Search, and a subscription only website London Low Life described as "an extraordinary digital collection bringing to life the teeming streets of Victorian London, and inviting students and scholars to explore the gin palaces, brothels and East End slums of the nineteenth century’s greatest city." It may be available through community access from a local university. James also kindly mentioned my own Google Map with London cemetery pins.
A PDF handout with links for the presentation resources will be placed in the member only section of the Society website.

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