Place Search Guide [PDF Version]
Click on the "Places" link on the Front Page or select "places" from the drop down search box on any other page to begin a Places Search:
I'm searching for...
In the top right hand corner of this screen is a search box (labelled "Address") in which you can type any place you wish to search for. This search will look for the full address listed in the Post Office Directories so may include building name or number, roads or areas of the city.
The PODs predate modern post codes so you cannot search using these. Searching for neighbourhood or area names (e.g. Newington) does work well though many listings do not contain this information. Using the most accurate address information you are able to provide will usually yield the most concise and relevant results.
Select a specific Post Office Directory
By default the Places search will search all PODs for the street or area name you have entered. If you wish to specify a particular directory you can use the drop down box to select your chosen POD. The list of PODS currently included in AddressingHistory can be found in the FAQs.
Show historical map overlays
By default your search results will be shown as pins on a modern map of Scotland. Zooming in to a particular city or selecting a city from the drop down "Select a specific Scottish Post Office Directory" menu will refocus the map and filter the results to your chosen city with the results shown as pins on both a modern map and any appropriate historical map overlays.
If you select a city (or both a city and a year) when you first run your search then the results will be shown on both a modern map and the appropriate historical map overlays. At any time you can choose to view any combination of historical maps by selecting or deselecting any of the check boxes from the "Show historical map overlays" section which can be found by clicking on the double arrows in the grey area to the right of the map (just above the “Reset Map” link).
You can see a full list of the maps used in AddressingHistory in the FAQs section of the website.
Clicking the "Reset Map" button at any time will return you to a default view of the map zoomed out and featuring all three map overlays.
When you search for new Places you will see a list of results and a series of pins on the map.
Each result represents a single entry in the PODs - this might be an individual, a business or an organisation.
The address is shown and, where possible, will also be represented by a pin on the map (not all results will correspond to a map pin). To find out more see our Post Office Directories (POD) Guide.
In some cases there may be multiple addresses, transcription errors, etc. See our Known Issues Guide for more information on particular people search issues such as gender disambiguation. We would welcome your help in making corrections or reporting problems here via the "Contact us about this entry" or "Edit this entry" buttons.
You can view the maps at various different levels using either the slider on the map or by using the scroll wheel of your mouse.
The slider position nearest the + sign is the most zoomed-in level showing the map at street level whilst the slider position nearest the - sign indicates the most zoomed-out level (a worldwide map).
Please note that many of the historical maps will only be visible at slightly zoomed out levels. If you wish to place or view a POD entry at the more precise zoomed-in level of the map you will see a modern map of the relevant area. This is intended to act as a guide where more detailed historic maps are not available.
To move around the map you can either use the arrow buttons shown in the top left hand corner of the map or you can click and drag different areas of the map into view.