Text-on-Maps in the David Rumsey Map Collection

You can now search for text on some of the maps in the David Rumsey collection. I was surprised at how much it found and how accurate it is, considering it’s experimental!

Type a word or phrase that interests you in the search field in the top left of your browser window at https://www.davidrumsey.com/ and click the search icon.

I tried a search for Sandringham and got 150 hits. Here’s the second page of results.

Mouse over to see a preview, or click to open a zoomable image.

You will likely be surprised at how many of the hits are not where you thought they would be. Names are reused.

More detailed instructions are here.

If you’d like to get into the weeds on the facility there’s a YouTube video at https://youtu.be/yStLzf-mrtY?feature=shared

4 Replies to “Text-on-Maps in the David Rumsey Map Collection”

  1. That Rumsey site is incredible. I used just a rare family surname and it came up with three hits — spot on. The ancestral farm is right where we know it to be. I tried some less rare names and got far more than I hoped. This site is remarkable and I will forward it through ACC to others. Thank you John

  2. This is amazing John!! I have been doing the All About That Place event going on right now and this will be an immense help.

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