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Help with Genealogy Travel

Postby tigra » Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:53 pm


My family were Londoners and I would like to take photos of buildings in London but the problems, I got lots of addresses to go to. I don't know where to start and have to try to save money.

I got lots of addresses from birth certs, baptisms, marriages certs, deaths certs, burials, censuses 1841 to 1901, workplaces etc - it would be amazing if someone who knows where are these events taken place in London and would give me directions where to from start to end.

Is there a specific person to do this? Any advice?
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RE: Help with Genealogy Travel

Postby pre1837 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:50 am

Hi, You don't say where you are, but remember quite a lot of London from those dates does not now exist. I would think that a good starting point woild be a good London map as many roads have gone or changed their names and many locations vanished during the last war. You could look at Google Earth or another site like that. This would give you good pictures to start with.
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RE: Help with Genealogy Travel

Postby keldon » Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:16 pm

As pre1837 wrote, London has changed a great deal since the 19th century as a result of the Blitz, slum clearance, and development. This site may help for central London. You can visit the street without having to leave your house (providing they've photographed it; the site's still under development).

Again I agree that you should use modern maps and Google Earth to see if the original buildings still survive otherwise your journey will be wasted.
Try this site. It may help.

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RE: Help with Genealogy Travel

Postby tigra » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:30 pm

Seety look fab but I couldn't find search button for street. I live in south west of England. I have no idea where the streets are that I am looking for.

I tried geograph website but it's not enough.

I have checked the addresses that I have - most of them are exist today.

I will try google earth now.
Thank you
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RE: Help with Genealogy Travel

Postby paulberyl » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:50 am

Not quite what you are looking for but something that I have found useful and interesting in investigating my Birmingham ancestry are the Alan Godfrey "Old Ordnance Survey Maps". The Birmingham maps I have show actual houses and using census records in some cases I have been able to identify the house in which my ancestors lived, on roads and streets that disappeared in Birmingham's regeneration.

See [link=][/link]

They have a whole selection of London maps some going back to the 1870s.

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RE: Help with Genealogy Travel

Postby Tilliduff » Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:46 am

Try Multimap - [link=][/link]

You can get a satellite view which should tell you something about the district - whether houses are new etc. I also use Rightmove [link=][/link] to look at houses in the area. It can be slow but you can also get information.

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