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How to locate a parish in the UK

Have you ever wondered what the area was like where your ancestors came from and if the address they lived at is still there? Locating some of the smaller towns and villages in the UK, can be difficult, especially for our overseas 'cousins' from thousands of miles away...

To find an address in the UK.

Every current address in the United Kingdom has a postcode, (similar to the zip code - USA) so you can check if any address is still standing by searching the Royal Mail Postcode Finder.

If you find the address is still there and you want a map of the area, enter the postcode into the Multimap search box and you will be provided with a street map that you can resize to your needs.

To find a place in the UK

Not sure what county you should be looking in? ParLoc is a database of parishes in the UK which can be downloaded and used free of charge. The Chapman County code (click the link for a list of these codes and a description of what they are) for each parish is used and you can calculate the distance and direction from one parish to another.

If you put a place name into Multimap you will receive a map covering about a 15 mile (25 km) radius of the place you entered.

If you know the county, that the town/village you are researching, was in*, Old Maps can provide a 1:10530 scale map of the area in the 19th Century.

*The county boundaries in the UK were amended in 1974. Parish Locator, Chapman County Codes and Old Maps are based on the pre 1974 boundaries.

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