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1898 Bartholomew's Atlas

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Our Price: AU$62.00 Inc GST
Media: DATA CD - 2 CDs
Year: 2001

Availability: Usually Ships in 2 to 4 Weeks
Product Code: SNA020

Bartholomew's Atlas is a standard reference in England, useful for many purposes besides genealogy. These atlases of England and Wales were printed for many years, showing details of every street in the country. The maps were printed at a scale of four miles to an inch. The 1898 edition includes town and city street maps, railways, and a lot of printed statistics, along with a placename index that lists 35,000 locations. Looking for an ancestor's location after finding him or her in the census records? The 1898 Bartholomew's Atlas includes many streets no longer in existence, either through development or World War II bombing.

The 1898 Bartholomew's Atlas on CD-ROM is in Adobe Acrobat format. That's good, as it can be used on Windows systems as well as Macintosh, Linux and several varieties of UNIX. The CD-ROM set includes Adobe Acrobat for Windows, for other operating systems can be downloaded at no charge from Adobe's Web site.

This CD-ROM contains scanned images from the original printed books. These images are very detailed, full-colour maps, scanned at 300 dots per inch. I had some difficulty reading them on the screen when first displayed. However, the Adobe software allows the user to zoom in and out as needed. When zooming in to higher-power magnification, the words became a lot clearer. As I continued to zoom in further, the smaller details became visible. At 1600% magnification, I was able to clearly see every road, footpath and small hill. These maps are really detailed! The first CD-ROM contains topographic maps of all England and Wales. The second CD-ROM contains detailed street maps of all the larger cities. The two CD-ROM disks contained scanned images of the original books published in 1898. The index is very detailed but is simply a scanned image of the original printed index. As a result, there are no hyperlinks directly to the pages referenced. Still, I found it easy to navigate around these CD-ROM disks. The images were very detailed and easy to view. I did find it much easier to zoom in on the on-screen version to see fine details. In fact, I could display a very small neighborhood on the screen in a manner to see every street. The maps do not display individual houses, however.

Printing also was easy, the same as in any modern Windows program. A black and white printer will produce readable pictures, but you probably will prefer to print these on a colour printer. I printed a Birmingham street map on a Hewlett-Packard printer; and the street names were readable if I used a magnifying glass.

The 1898 Bartholomew's Atlas is a valuable resource for anyone searching for ancestors' homes of that period. You can easily locate their addresses and then see the surroundings in which they lived. The original books are almost impossible to find these days. If you can find the atlas for sale, it probably is rather expensive. It also consumes a large space on your bookshelf.

Please note, this description is most of a review of the product written by Dick Eastman, of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Please read carefully: If the CDs are for use in a Society, Group or Public Library you will need a library licence, this price is five times the full retail price. You will then be issued with a library certificate for the product. The publishers terms do not allow users to publish their products or extracts on the internet. Also terms also exclude using this product to provide a lookup service, or reselling it.

System Requirements
  • Any computer using Adobe (Acrobat) Reader 4 or later
  • Adobe Reader 6 or later is recommended for CDs with searchable text

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