Image courtesy of ID-100128420
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Our Society’s March Hangout-on-Air last Friday provided a great introduction to the concept of community mapping. Kirsty Gray gave an overview of the concept and introduced us to an excellent pilot program that is putting Bristol on the map. Our recent edition of Destinations went into greater detail about that program and included Richard Guise’s “Neighbourhood Mapping Notation Key Sheet.” Both Janet Few and Kim Baldacchino shared their efforts at mapping their places which gives many of us who are just getting started lots of “food for thought.” If you have Janet Few’s book Putting Your Ancestors in their Place: A Guide to One Place Studies, be sure to check out chapter 2 for a thorough grounding in locations and maps as well as some projects to help you get started mapping your place.

Some resources and websites mentioned in our HOA that you might want to take a look at include the following:

Ireland Discovery Series Maps – if you are looking for Irish places, get started with County Ordnance Survey maps and you can explore maps using their free viewer
Irish Townlands – billed as the home of Irish Townland Maps for areas surveyed between 1829 and 1843
The Down Survey – the massive change that took place in ownership of land in Ireland between 1630 and 1670 (the time of native Irish removal)

David Rumsey Map Collection – this historical map collection contains online over 48,000 maps and images, this collection is a wonder in itself but can be combined as layers on several baseline maps (including Google Maps)
Historical US County Boundary Maps – can be found here and includes layers for courthouses, cemeteries, churches and libraries
Library of Congress Map Collection – the geography and map division of the Library of Congress hold some amazing treasures among its 4.5 million items – check out what they have placed online
USGS: The National Map – here the US Geological Survey offers several mapping products as well as in-depth discussion of maps and mapping in the United States (and includes an interactive map locator and downloader)

Ordnance Survey – “mapping the whole of Great Britain” and includes an interactive map to help you drill down to your area

Encounter – billed as “A Virtual Pin Map – that’s Social!”
Open Street Map – a worldwide open source mapping website with community members who map individually and as groups
Google Maps Gallery – where users add to Google maps by layering historical or social maps over current mapping information

Thanks to those who to part in the conversation whether by JOINing with us in the Hangout or by VIEWing at the Community Event or our YouTube Channel. If you missed it live, you can watch the archived version at our YouTube Channel.

If you have any suggestions, tips or additional resources for maps and community mapping please join in the conversation over at the Forum. And if you have questions, be sure to ask and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.

We hope to see you on April 25th for our next Society Hangout-on-Air.

Tessa Keough

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