This map of England and Wales mainly shows places associated with Robyn’s ancestors: the Edwards and Shorter families of Essex and Suffolk; the Hardman family of Lancashire; and some scattered Galt locations in Cheshire, Northamptonshire and Devon.

For my family there are: the Evans locations in Montgomery and Glamorgan (Myfanwy McKay’s family); McMeekin connections in Lancashire and Cumberland; three places related to the Šugžda family; and some places with Craig-Brown associations can be found in Yorkshire, Leicestershire, London and Hampshire.


England & Wales Map — 2 Comments

  1. Really great job with your maps and color coded family names.
    Where did you get the base map and what did you use to edit?

    • Hi Steve,
      Many thanks for your kind words. Making the maps turned out to be my favourite part of constructing our family story. It is a slowish process, but I use Adobe Illustrator to create my maps.

      I generally have 3 types of map: town maps (with buildings and streets); district/county maps (with the modern roads overlaid, and old parish borders); and nation-wide maps showing coastlines and counties and countries.

      I start with a screenshot of the area I have selected from a map program – I use Apple Maps, UK Streetmaps, and Google Maps mainly for ‘modern’ features. I drop that screenshot into a ‘layer’ in Illustrator, and then add several more layers on top for other elements (e.g. place/street names; parish, county/state borders; topographical features; roads & rail; a legend and scale; etc.)

      Next I trace the elements I want (coast, rivers, roads, buildings, parks, etc.) with my trusty mouse making sure I lock layers I’m not working on. I have spent as much as a day on some of the more detailed maps; however, using a file of pre-formatted templates, I can usually knock one over in 2-3 hours. I also access old maps from the National Library or Archi Maps to find the names and locations of features that may no longer exist (farms, historical parish borders, streets now gone, and the like).

      When I have a map ready to go, I save it as PNG file 2048px wide. This gives me a consistent width for my webpage layout, and gives a sharp image on any device. I use PNG because it is a lossless format that supports transparency – and it’s the format recommended by National Libraries as the best for long-term preservation (i.e. computers/devices will support it for many years into the future).

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