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August 30, 2006

Mapping Ireland

by @ 8:50 am. Filed under Website, Technology

Yesterday’s Globe announced the launch of an amazing online resource, Ireland’s Historical Mapping Archive. Nearly two centuries ago, the government (of the United Kingdom, I presume) commenced an effort to map all of Ireland for “valuation purposes.” This project took 22 years to complete but the result was a superbly detailed color map of the entire country that depicts everything from roads to individual buildings and, in some cases, trees and bushes. This project (in the form of 30,000 separate maps) is now available online providing an unbelievable resource for historians and genealogists. While there is a fee associated with using this service (5 Euros per day, according to the Globe), that’s not a huge expense if you do your preliminary research off-line and lump all your map exploration into a single 24 hour period. Since I’m still at the very beginning of the “preliminary research” stage, it will be some time before I’m ready to plunk down my 5 EUR (about $6.40 by today’s exchange rate) and report back on the result. In the meantime, there are sample maps and a more descriptive account of the project on the official website.

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