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Over Half A Million New Tithe Plots Added to Map Explorer, with Maps!

TheGenealogist’s Map ExplorerTM, the powerful mapping tool for family historians, has been boosted this week by the addition of four new counties of georeferenced Tithe Maps into the record set layer. 


Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist can now view the Victorian Tithe Maps linked to apportionment records for Cornwall, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire which are overlaid on the modern and historical maps of the base and middle layers of Map Explorer™. This enables the user to see the land as it appeared through time. Tithe records allow researchers to find land that was owned or occupied by ancestors in the period 1837 to 1850s with some additional altered apportionments in later years when property was sold or divided. This meant that it is not just the wealthy landowners who are recorded in the tithe records but also those tenants who may have farmed a small plot or lived in a cottage.


First & Last House, Land’s End from TheGenealogist’s Image Archive


Map Explorer™ includes various years of georeferenced Ordnance Survey maps, current road and satellite view maps and with the additional Tithe record layer researchers can see how their ancestors’ environment had changed over the decades. When used in conjunction with other records, such as the census, the family history researcher can gain a fascinating insight into their forebears’ story.


  • This release adds 784 maps across 4 counties
  • Total new Tithe plot pins on Map Explorer: 547,976
  • Total number of Tithe maps in Map Explorer™ including this release now: 10,494
  • 4,504,575 viewable records are now indicated by Map Pins on Map Explorer™


In TheGenealogist’s article about this release, we can look at how some furze-covered tracts of countryside at Land’s End were transformed by a family into a tourist spot. Finding the plots of neighbours on the tithe maps and by also using TheGenealogist’s census collection and its standout feature allowing a researcher to view all the households on a street, we are able to investigate how the different names in the records were related to each other with various “cousins'' living next door or owning adjacent plots of land.


Read the feature article ‘Keeping it in the Family – The Tale of Land’s End’



About TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections. 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

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100th issue of Discover Your Ancestors out now!

The 100th issue of Discover Your Ancestors Periodical has just been released!

In this August 2021 edition are the following great articles:

Stocks and Bond: Nick Thorne addresses the records for where the stockbroker who created 007 once lived

The tormenting verdict of 'not proven': Stephen Wade looks into the Ardlamont mystery and talks to the alleged killer's great-grandson, David Potter

The Irristum Remedy Company: Nell Darby investigates a company run by a married couple, aimed at curing female ills – but they had their own problems

A tale of two cousins: Denise Bates digs into a family mystery and discovers one of her forebears played an important role in fraud investigations

Queen of Hearts: Caroline Roope marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Caroline of Brunswick, wife of George IV

History in the details: Materials – wool (part 7)


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  • Free data: Titanic passenger list
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See more here: https://discoveryourancestors.co.uk/


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