Over the years, and the centuries, there have been many changes to County boundaries, of latter years more as a result of political and electoral considerations. However, such variations do not help us in determining the historical County where a particular parish or parish church existed at the time that our ancestors were baptised, married or died. When viewing modern day maps of the United Kingdom, we can easily become confused when we find that historical counties, and some parishes, have disappeared, or been amalgamated, renamed or partially absorbed by their neighbours.
Most us like to record our ancestral records as being in the Parish and County as they were at the time of the event - after all some churches were destroyed in the War and can no longer be found on modern maps. This is where The Phillimore Altas & Index of Parish Records comes into its own, providing pre-1832 Parish maps, and 1834 topographical maps of each county. The accompanying County index lists the Parishes in each County together with the dates and depositories of the Registers or Indexes for each Parish. Additional information and resources are listed at the end of each County section.
Tip: Have a decent magnifying glass to hand when viewing the map pages - some of the print is very small.
Overall, this is an excellent must-have genealogical reference work, currently available at a remarkable value from Amazon. The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers (None)