(See below for composite Europe/UK maps)

  1. Aberdeen, Banff & Ross Shires (N.E. Scotland)
  2. Ayrshire North & East (detail map of the district)
  3. Ayrshire South & East (detail map of the district)
  4. Brandenburg, Prussia (circa 1871)
  5. Dunbartonshire & Clyde Estuary (detail map of the district)
  6. Edinburgh & Leith (district map of parts of Midlothian)
  7. England & Wales
  8. Glasgow City (registration districts)
  9. Ireland (north & south)
  10. Lanarkshire (northern part with parishes)
  11. Lithuania (1914 and 1990)
  12. New Jersey, USA (district map of Union and Hudson Counties)
  13. Perthshire, Kinross & Fife (district map of Forth & Tay regions)
  14. Queensland South East (map of Logan and Gold Coast regions)
  15. Strathclyde (Argyll & Bute)
  16. Wigtownshire (with parishes)
  17. Family Migration Patterns

The maps presented on this family history website are designed to illustrate where our various family members were born, lived, worked and died. They are not intended to be ordnance survey maps or roadmaps, but almost all contain at least a few places (towns, streets, farms, buildings) that existed in earlier times and are no longer found on modern maps. Many of these maps also show the old boundaries of parishes before changes in the early 20th Century; this is important as many old records state the parish an event took place in, but not necessarily the actual town, village or hamlet.

Often, especially on district maps, I have overlaid elements of the current road system so that readers can easily relate to the places where our ancestors once lived; but these are only meant to be a guide. However, all the maps are to scale, and every element placed accurately.

I developed the idea to use maps as a primary means of telling our ancestors’ stories after having worked on a family history written by Ric Barton. Ric is the husband of one of Robyn’s first cousins and is himself an avid genealogist with a truly fascinating family history. I did the design layout for a book he co-authored with John Tidey, One of a Kind: The Life of Charles Hastings Barton. Ric commissioned me to edit the illustrations and provide a number of maps for the appendix, and I then realised how powerful maps were in telling a family story.

All these maps were created using Adobe Illustrator™. I usually create a number of layers (e.g. background, roads, topography, shire and parish borders, towns, legend) and import a screenshot of the area I’m trying to illustrate. Then, layer by layer, I trace the elements I need using my trusty mouse. I often use historical maps to find streets and features that no longer exist (e.g. old nineteenth-century maps of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cumnock, or maps of old parish boundaries). Place names on each map are generally colour-coded to highlight individual branches of the family, and the code is always in the legend, along with a scale and a compass showing north. Places with a connection to our direct ancestors are usually in bold, while those associated with extended family members are in italics.

See how Europe changed

Europe 1860–1870s

This was what northern Europe looked like just before the Schrödter family left Prussia and sailed for Queensland in 1871. The German states (in pink), though in a loose ‘confederation’, were a series of independent fiefdoms, mostly representing what was left of the old Holy Roman Empire. The previously independent nations of Lithuania and Poland had been subsumed into the Russian Empire (green) under the tyranny of the Tsars, and Ireland, though under the  British Crown, was not yet divided. The dotted squares indicate areas mapped for our family history (see index above).

Europe 1990–2020

This is northern Europe as it is today, less than 150 years later than the map above. Northern Ireland remained within the United Kingdom after the Irish Civil War of 1922–23, the south eventually becoming a republic in 1937. German unification happened in 1871, but the Polish border was not settled until after World War II. Lithuania, was freed from the Tsar‘s empire after WW I, but the modern border wasn’t finalised until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990. Kaliningrad, still ruled by Russia, is all that is left of the old East Prussia, and nowadays is the world’s most highly militarised zone.