One of the most useful resources I find for this problem is the David Rumsey Map Collection.
John A
On 11/02/2013 8:04 PM, Tim Lyons wrote:
paul womack wrote
My initial concern is my sheer ignorance
of English convention for the various
"regions" for which information is available
(county, parish (are organisational parishes the
same as church parishes), towns, and electoral
areas.

Q1) Can anyone point me at a reference or tutorial for how these
interact/overlap?
The classical genealogy way of handling 'regions' is by Chapman codes
(although this doesn't really help with a hierarchy).

See this URL for some discussion:
http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~jimella/counties.htm

Unfortunately, now that the Post Office deprecate counties, it is sometimes
difficult to get a good estimate for the current county name for a place,
let alone what it might have been in at some time in the past.



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