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What Software??[edit]

Hi, what software do you use to make your maps?? FairfaxMoresby (talk) 15:24, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

Hi, I use Photoshop for the map graphics and Xara for the labelling. XrysD (talk) 17:53, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
That great thanks, but what do you actually base the map themselves on?? for example do you capture a zoomed in shot from google maps and then import them into photoshop and then draw round the outline with the pen tool?? I ask because you seem to be able to get a level of detail in the outline of your maps, and i was wandering how you achieve it. Thanks. FairfaxMoresby (talk) 23:56, 22 September 2010 (UTC)
I use various sources for my maps. The reason for the high level of detail is that the base images are very large (typically 15000-20000 pixels on each side). So when they are reduced in size for publication you get good looking results. I use Windows7 64 bit on a PC with 4GB of RAM in order to process such large bitmaps. XrysD (talk) 17:50, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
Thanks so much for the information, I really appreciate it.FairfaxMoresby (talk) 18:41, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

Great maps[edit]

Great maps of Reichkomissariats, I categorized them as they should be categorized. Could you by any chance consider making a map of the en:General Government? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 17:42, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Thanks, and thanks for categorising them. I do have a map of the General Gouvernement in preparation, it should hopefully be published soon. XrysD (talk) 11:18, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

Thank you for the map (File:Generalgouvernement fur die besetzten polnischen gebiete.png). Could you do an English version? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 02:58, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

Agreed Great maps[edit]

Great maps you have here XrysD. I was wondering though if you think it would be possible to incorporate the german “protection zone” in the WWII Slovakia map (or perhaps such a zone would have no place on a map of administrative divisions?). To see what I am talking about check out these two files: and 00:05, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

Map requests[edit]

Some topic suggestions for when you are feeling like it:

I think for some of them the work is rather easy, as there are maps of larger regions with clearly marked borders of the smaller regions in question.--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 02:07, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Are you still here? File:Generalgouvernement fur die besetzten polnischen gebiete.png may need further modification, as based on File:Polska 1939-1941.png and File:Polska okupacja 1944.png it appears that the territory of General Government might have been somewhat adjusted after 1941, and your map doesn't indicate if it is for pre-1941 or post-1941 period. Also, File:ReichskommissariatUkraineMap.png and File:Reichskommissariat Ostland Administrative.png require a small adjustment, as they indicate that the territory to the east was w:Greater Germany, but in fact General Government was not part of the Greater Germany (Third Reich). --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 19:33, 23 April 2009 (UTC)

Tip: Categorizing images[edit]

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Hello, XrysD!

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NDH map[edit]

XrysD, your maps are simply fantastic! Thank you very much for your excellent work.

I have just a couple of comments about this map of NDH after 9 September 1943: . As far as I know, Pavelic actually claimed the annexion of the whole Governorate of Dalmatia and of "Croatian Istria", just as shown in this map: , but this proclaim was not fully accomplished, and in fact some of these lands are correctly shown as outside the NDH in your map. But I fear there are some mistakes: - the island of Arbe (Rab), just South of Veglia (Krk), was part of the Italian province of Fiume (Rijeka), thus I think it was in the OZAK and not in the NDH; - Cattaro (Kotor) was not occupied by the Croats, instead it was under German military administration and thus, theoretically (but I am not sure), still politically part of the Italian Social Republic (just like Zara); - moreover, even if the NDH had annexed Cattaro, its borders should have been the same of the Italian province, that had a shape more "squared" than the older Austrian/Venetian area of Cattaro (see this map, for example: ).

I do hope I was helpful, thank you again for your excellent maps, Guido

Thanks! I have looked carefully through your comments. For disputed states like NDH there are quite often uncertainties as to what the borders actually were. And indeed depending on the source you would get different answers! My map is an attempt to show the de-facto borders. Going over each comment in turn: You are right that Istria was claimed by NDH but never realised due to German objections (due to the strategic importance of the peninsula). Before 1943 Rab was part of the province of Venezia-Guilia (Carnaro county) which included Istria. Post 1943, Rab was occupied by both the Germans and Ustache (see This was not the case for the OZAK. So there is a case for considering Rab to be part of the NDH, where Istria was definitely not. This also ties in with the maps on this page While the maps do show NDH aspirations rather than actual borders, Rab is not shown as part of "Rasa" the NDH designation for Istria.
For Cattaro however, having done some more research I think I agree with you. The area was occupied by the Germans in 1943 but it seems it retained the pre-1943 borders and existed as a predominantly serbian/montenegrin exclave (see There is no evidence that the Ustache had a prescence there and the source map that shows the old Austro-Hungarian border there was probably more "Istria" wishful-thinking on the part of NDH! So I will change my map to restore the exclave of Cattaro.
Thanks for your comments. You left no Wiki Id or link so I hope you come back and read this sometime. XrysD (talk) 11:00, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

Dear XrysD,
about Cattaro, I have found these additional information: . It was a situation similar to Zara: Croatian claim but German military administration. The only difference is that in Zara there was still an Italian civil administrative structure too, while I don't think it was present in Cattaro after Sept. 1943.
I have thought about the matter of the Croatian claimed border in the area of Cattaro: probably it didn't follow the new borders of the Italian province of Cattaro, because Croatia both rejected the pact of 18 May 1941 (which defined the Italo-Croatian borders) and hadn't ever signed any treaty with Montenegro about their common border. For these reasons, the Ustasha hadn't any reason to follow the Italian borders, and were free to make claims based upon the older Austrian and Venetian borders.

Nice map style in general :) but a question to the NDH map. I work for a big european projekt on the administration boundaries of europe 1870-2000 and my Srezvois boundaries dont match with yours... no not a simple projection problem ;). also the number of units dont fit to mine. what was your basemap? my base is an admistrative map of yugoslavia from 1930s and in the most cases the boundary of the lowlevel units remain the same... most but not all cases :). hope we can create the ultimate correct map :D.


PS: Piotrus is polish extremist using the english wikipedia to spread the polish-national-extremist-view on the history. be careful in handle with him. Exec (talk) 15:55, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Hello. Well firstly NDH was divided into zupe and kotari, not srezovi. Srezovi is a serbian term that only applies to Serbia and pre-war Yugoslavia. Secondly all the sources for my map are listed on the wiki page where it is used - NDH Districts. A map of Yugoslavia is included and I took pre-war internal borders into account when creating the map. Several independent sources agree with the general layout with only very minor differences. If you have any original source data that directly contradicts the map though, I would of course be happy to review it. XrysD (talk) 18:40, 7 July 2009 (UTC)
My source (MAP) is of course much older (1922) but the 1980s Level 3 boundaries are nearly identical in bosnia... possibly the subadministrativ boundary changes were completly reverded after WW2 Exec (talk) 14:45, 13 July 2009 (UTC)
An interesting map! I shall compare it with the map of Yugoslavia that I have. I believe my list of zupe and kotari are correct, but it is possible that some of the kotari borders are slightly wrong. However, without a source map from 1941-45 that shows them, it will be always be debatable what the kotari borders were. XrysD (talk) 08:05, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

For the record, the Bay of Kotor area ("Cattaro" as the Italian fascist occupation called the place) was part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia after the collapse of Austria-Hungary. Along with large chunks of the region of Dalmatia, it was directly annexed to Fascist Italy in 1941. In 1943, after Italy switched sides, all territories in occupied Yugoslavia previously annexed by Italy were granted to the NDH. The Italian Social Republic was present only in Zadar ("Zara") since the town was held by Italy since 1918, and was even there hard pressed by the local NDH authorities who considered it part of their state. Kotor, having not been part of Italy before 1941 (or ever for that matter), was granted to the NDH along with all the other Italian-occupied areas in Dalmatia. It was not made a "special case", which is being suggested, and was certainly not a part of the RSI. It is possible that the German military occupation authorities that were in charge of Montenegro after the collapse of the Italian protectorate there, held de facto control over it (due to their proximity to the remote area), but legally it was granted to the NDH regime along with the rest of (previously-Italian) Dalmatia.

The second issue with the map has to do with the OZAK - I don't think its justified to show it as separate from Germany itself, since as it was administered as its integral part (by the Reichsgau Kärnten). If I may, I would recommend that the territory not be divided from the Großdeutsches Reich with a full line.

I would also recommend that the map reflect the situation in Montenegro after the Italian collapse, the place was little more than an extremely chaotic area under German military administration. The same was true with Serbia, which was a territory under the supreme authority of the Military Administration in Serbia (Militärverwaltung in Serbien), with the difference that in Serbia a puppet "Government of National Salvation" was set up by the German military authorities. --DIREKTOR (TALK) 10:54, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

Thankyou for your suggestions. However as they disagree with the current map (which was modified in accordance with the references stated above) I will need references for your statements before I consider any further changes. XrysD (talk) 15:02, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
The info is based on War and Revolution in Yugoslavia, Volume II: Occupation and Collaboration, by prof. Tomasevich (a highly acclaimed source). You'll find the relevant data in the respective chapters dealing with each of the occupied areas I've referred to. Generally speaking, the Stanford-published volume is a very detailed account on every aspect of the situation in WWII Yugoslavia, and may prove useful as an additional source for any future map research. Regards --DIREKTOR (TALK) 22:04, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
OK, I checked and they have Tomasevich at the British Library, so I will look it over on my next visit. XrysD (talk) 22:39, 10 August 2011 (UTC)


Hi XrysD! I have just came across your detailed administrative map of Hungary between 1941 and 1944. I was wondering if you intend to create a similar map for Romania. I started to work on such a map just a few days ago, but it won't be very accurate. It was very difficult to find maps showing the second-level divisions as of 1941-44. I only found a German military map from 1942 (Verwaltungsstand von Rumänien, Oktober 1941) which has many mistakes anyway. Just let me know (in case you are making a map for Romania) if you have a better source or if you need help regarding the Romanian administrative divisions of that period.



Andrein Talk 18:58, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

What a coincidence! I found exactly the same book in the British Library about 10 days ago. I was more interested in the book itself, because the results of the 1941 Romanian census were never made public for Bukovina and Bessarabia, and the number of Jews recorded for the whole country is not available anywhere. I then tried to find an accurate administrative map of Romania in 1941-44 on which to represent the census data, but I couldn't find anything better.

Well, to begin with, the main problem with the German map is that the limits of some counties are a bit wrong. In late 1940, after some substantial territorial losses, Romania reverted to the pre-1938 administrative system. In fact, the limits of the first-level divisions (the 'judeţe') in late 1941 were exactly the same as those of 1930. There were some minor changes between 1930 and 1938, but in 1941-44, the limits were those of 1930. The best maps showing the 1930 administrative situation are these German ethnic maps:

If you are familiar with the Hungarian administrative system, then you should have no problem understanding the Romanian one.

The judeţe and the 'plăşi' (second-level units) are the correspondets of the Magyar 'megyei' and 'jarasi'. Some Romanian towns (usually - but not always - those with over 50.000 inhabitants) had municipal status, 'municipiu' (sg.). The biggest flaw of the German military map is that it doesn't represent the town and municipality limits. The 1930 ethnic maps depict them, but between 1930 and 1941 about 10 new settlements became towns.

A special case was Transnistria, where the old Soviet second-level divisions, the rayons, were kept in place (even the rayon designation was preserved). They were however grouped in 13 judeţe. Two cities, Odessa and Tiraspol, received municipal rights, while the other Soviet urban settlements retained their town status. Again, the limits of the Transnistrian rayons and towns are missing from the German map. Luckily, I have a map showing the Transnistrian rayons in 1941-44.

There are many spelling mistakes too. I can send you the correct names via e-mail.

An accurate administrative map of Transylvania in 1941 can be found here:

You can send me your map here:



Andrein Talk 16:53, 30 May 2009 (UTC)


I coundn't find any source map with the second level administrative divisions in 1941-44, so I used only written sorces, mainly the monthly wartime official bulletin of Romania (called Monitorul Oficial in Romanian). There was a detailed list with all the administrative units of Romania (excluding Transnistria, Bessarabia and Bukovina) in the 30 April 1942 entry: counties, districts, municipalities, towns, communes and even tiny villages and hamlets. I found similar lists for the period 1941-42 in the regional bulletins of Transnistria, Bessarabia and Bukovina.

Another very good source was the Indicator of localities in Romania (1943) (Indicatorul localitatilor din Romania). Here I found all the administrative boundary changes between 1930 and 1941 at county, municipality and town level. This was especially useful as I used the 1930 ethnic maps as the background source for my map. Things were more complicated with the district (plasi) limits because I had to identify all villages in a given district in order to draw the correct border. It took me about 8 months to complete the map (June 2009 - March 2010), so you can imagine how difficult it was to oversee that every single village was placed in the right district!

Andrein Talk 14:00, 29 May 2010 (UTC)


Hi There, Found your great detailed map, would it be possible to share the vector version?

Many Thanks Paul

Hi Paul, sorry there is no vector version! XrysD (talk) 18:35, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

British Maps[edit]

Hi there! Those map that you created of Scotland and England are truly awesome!

L3eater (talk) 22:20, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! I am currently working on a map of England in 1947 which should be finished in the near future. XrysD (talk) 18:10, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

WWII Maps[edit]

Great maps XrysD! Amazing attention to detail.

I was wondering if you'll be continuing your work on the WWII era? I'm especially looking forward to maps for the countries occupied in Western Europe and the rest of Balkans. Montenegro and Belgium-Northern France would be especially interesting.

I think you also made an error in the Ukraine Reichskommissariat map. The Ostland region to the north of it seems like it extends too much to the east, unless it only covers 1941 and not the subsequent years.

Good job anyway. --User:Morgan Hauser 09:42, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! I do plan to finish the rest of Europe. If you are looking for a good WWII map of Rumania then look at the one produced by Andrein. You are correct that Ostland extends too far east. The map was based on a german map which included an area that in the end never saw the planned civil administration. I will correct it when I get a chance. XrysD (talk) 18:08, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Do you still have that German map by any chance (or any other ones)? Is it available online somewhere?--Morgan Hauser (talk) 04:26, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

I have several source maps of Reichskommissariat Ostland. None are yet in the public domain so cannot be posted on Wikimedia, sorry. I will do a version that includes the planned areas as soon as I can. XrysD (talk) 17:45, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Administrative Divisions of England map[edit]

Hi, would it be possible for you to make a couple of amendments to your map England_Adminstrative_2010.png. Chelmsford district in Essex is missing its label, and the label for Leicestershire should be moved so that it doesn't cross the city of Leicester (a unitary authority outside the county). Cheers, 21:11, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

Done! XrysD (talk) 21:55, 10 August 2010 (UTC)
In addition, whilst the maps are excellent, I believe you have accidentally switched East and West in a few places (e.g. East Sussex is to the left of West Sussex on the map when it should be the other way around) 11:10, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
Thanks! Have fixed it in both maps (1890-1965) and (1965-1974). XrysD (talk) 19:53, 31 August 2010 (UTC)

I was wondering if I could use this map in my dissertation? How can i reference your map?

Hi, all my maps are published under a creative commons licence so you are free to use them as long as you reference them. In this case all that is needed is for you to reference the URL of the map page which is "". What is your dissertation about? XrysD (talk) 13:28, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

That's great thanks! The title is: 'Domestic Energy Efficiency in North West England, an assessment of Trends and Impacts of Income', i've just used it as a template as i plan on creating a few colour coded maps to show patterns that's all. Thanks again!

Maps of Reichskommissariats[edit]

Hello, XrysD! I found a style of your maps of Reichskommissariat Ostland & Reichskommissariat Ukraine is great. Is this your own map style? Or is this a redrawing of the old map?

Hi, I'm glad you like my maps. The style is my own and is something I have developed over the years I have been making maps. It's a combination of things. For example the pastel map colours I use are from old maps of Philips. The source data for the Reichkommissariats are German military maps of the time plus pre-war soviet maps. XrysD (talk) 09:41, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! I like especially this pale colours and the condensed font. What is its name?

England. Administrative Map (1931)[edit]

Hi. Your historical maps are great - clear and professional, excellent work. I've got one suggestion as to the administrative map of England (1931) in TIFF format: next to the municipal district Alton there's name of rural district Alton (Hampshire County, south-west of London), but the name of rural district Alton is marked twice. I think that one of that should be removed. South-east of Alton there's another mistake - "Pet." should be written in italic, as it is, but also in capital letters because it's a part of rural district Petersfield. Best regards from Gliwice, Poland.

Cześć! Thanks for letting me know about the typos. Have fixed the TIFF and JPG versions of the file XrysD (talk) 11:58, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

Some other "mistakes"[edit]

Hi, XrysD!

File:England Administrative 1931.tif: there's also another small mistake such type that I didn't remark last time - at the top of "inset 6" rural district Hatfield should be marked in italic, as other rural districts.

File:Protektorat Bohmen-Mahren.png: in title between words "Böhmen" and "-Mähren" there's a gap (it should be written in linked form "Böhmen-Mähren"); it's not a mistake, however makes this map less professional.

Best regards from Gliwice, Poland.

A few corrections[edit]

I really like your maps. Keep up the good work!

I've found a few corrections for you. Firstly, Administrative map of England in 1931, Inset 5: 1) The district to the west of Wolverhampton CB is unlabelled, this is Tettenhall UD. 2) The district to the north of Aldridge is wrongly labelled as Tettenhall MB, this is in fact Brownhills UD. 3) Aldridge is labelled as a MB, but it was an UD until dissolution. 4) The district between Smethwick CB and and Rowley Regis UD is wrongly labelled as Bebington (>Merseyside?). This is actually Oldbury UD. 5) Bilston did not become a MB until 1933. In 1931 it was an UD. 6) Halesowen did not become a MB until 1936. In 1931 it was an UD. 7) Rowley Regis did not become a MB until 1933. In 1931 it was an UD. 8) Tipton did not become a MB until 1938. In 1931 it was an UD.

Secondly, England Admin Counties 1965-74: The 1889 Dudley CB was associated with Worcestershire, but followling the boundary changes of 1966 the greatly enlarged CB was from then on associated with Staffordshire. Between 1966 and 1974 the only districts still associated with Worcestershire that would be in the West Midlands county from 1974 were Stourbridge MB and Halesowen MB.

Any plans for a map like your 1931 map, showing all the UDs RDs MBs and CBs as they were immediately before reorganisation in 1974? That would be fantastic! Petecollier (talk) 00:00, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for the compliment and the information about the England 1931 Map. I'll review your comments and update the map. I do plan to do a 1974 map as you suggest, but I am currently working on another map. Thanks XrysD (talk) 20:07, 5 May 2011 (UTC)
I look forward to it! Petecollier (talk) 20:17, 5 May 2011 (UTC)
OK, all done. Have also updated the County Boroughs 1974 for Dudley. XrysD (talk) 18:50, 7 May 2011 (UTC)

Is that 1974 just-before-reorganisation map of all the districts still in your to-do list? I'm looking forward to that one. Could such a map also be used as the basis for a more detailed map on the Redcliffe-Maud Report article? P M C 21:53, 21 May 2012 (UTC)

Request for flag creation[edit]

Hi. I see that you are not active in Wikipedia for some time, but you done good job in creation of files that showing 1941-1944 flag and coat of arms of Serbia. I have one other request for file creation. While I know how to draw maps, I have no idea how to draw new files that showing flags. So, since you are good in that, perhaps you can create an SVG file that show flag of Serbian Vojvodina from 1848? (if you have free time, of course). You can use web site of Pančevo museum as source - this is the flag that should be created for Wikipedia: [1] (here is the whole page of Pančevo museum where this image is used: [2]). PANONIAN (talk) 14:50, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

And one more thing: I like your administrative maps of WW2 countries, so I hope that you plan to draw similar maps of some other WW2 countries of Europe (for example Albania, Montenegro, Bulgaria, etc). PANONIAN (talk) 15:14, 13 March 2012 (UTC)
If you have time, perhaps you can also create an SVG file that shows coat of arms of Serbian Vojvodina from 1848. You have images of that coat of arms here: [3], [4], [5]. PANONIAN (talk) 16:22, 13 March 2012 (UTC)
OK, no problem, I fully understand your frustration. DIREKTOR done same with some maps that I created and then posted his image versions into some articles. Anyway, I hope that you will not give up your work here because of these problems. PANONIAN (talk) 13:25, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

WW2 maps[edit]

Hi Xrys. I would like to tell you that I uploaded a SVG version of the administrative map of Romania during World War II:

If you are interested, you could use this file for creating other derivative works, translations etc. For instance I couldn't find the time to make a simplified county version of the map, or perhaps a simple map with the administrative situation in 1940-1941.

Cheers, and keep up the good work!


Andrein Talk 20:30, 23 March 2012 (EET)

I used Inkscape ( to create most of my maps. Only recently I switched to GIS software, but I still do the design and finishing edits in Inkscape.

In case you'd like to test with GIS software, I recommend you OpenJump, which is easy to use and compatible with Inkscape: Another option (open-source again) can be QGIS:

Good luck and I can't wait to see the pre-WW2 Polish maps and the WW2 maps of Germany. By the way, there is already a complex administrative map of Germany in 1944 available:

Andrein Talk 21:24, 23 March 2012 (EET)

I know that map has a resolution issue. I also think the Gau Baden-Elsass kept Karlsruhe as its capital. And I don't like that it's missing Southern Slovenia and Istria (parts of the Operationszone Adriatisches Kustenland).

Well I am eager to see your work. On the other hand, how do you plan to depict the NS - Gaue, the Lands and the Prussian provinces on the same map? Wouldn't this result in overcrowding? Andrein Talk 23:51, 28 March 2012 (EET)

Lancashire administrative map 1832[edit]

Great map but I think I have spotted a couple of mistakes: the parish between Walton on the Hill and Huyton (West Derby hundred) is Croxteth Park (not Toxteth Park, which is elsewhere); the parish between the two parts of Walton on the Hill is Sefton (or Sephton), not Seeton as you have it labelled. Asilan (talk) 12:02, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

Please make maps of the Administrative counties of Ireland in 1918 and Maps of counties of England, Scotland and Wales 1974-1996[edit]

Hello, XrysD. I love your maps, especially the maps of the British administrative counties. So, I would like you to please make a map of the administrative counties of Ireland in 1918 (set forward by the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898), showing all the counties, along with county boroughs, municipal boroughs, urban districts, and rural districts. I would love to see how it would turn out. And also, when you have time, could you please make maps of England, Scotland and Wales from 1974 to 1996, showing the counties and the districts? I would like to see the Ireland one first. Thank you! RKLuffy 00:13, July 24, 2012 (PST)

Hi, I do have plans to do the post 1974 maps for England, Scotland and Wales. I have data for pre-1898 Irish system, but not post-1898 at the moment. XrysD (talk) 12:52, 26 July 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, I would still like to see a map of pre-1898 Ireland, including the counties, baronies, and half-baronies. I'm glad you are going to make post-1974 maps of England, Scotland and Wales still. I am also looking forward to you getting info about the post-1898 Irish system, and see you make a map about it. Please let me know about the post-1974 maps of England, Scotland and Wales! RKLuffy 01:50, July 29, 2012 (PST)
Good news, I have located source data of suitable quality to create the post 1898 act Ireland admin map. One question though, your originally said 1918 (rather than 1898) but this is post-partition. As far as I am aware the only major difference between 1898 and 1918 would be to exclude the part of Ulster that remained as part of the UK. Is it a post-partition map you are seeking? XrysD (talk) 10:54, 3 August 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the good news. No, I am not seeking a post-partition map, I am looking for a pre-partition map, when all of Ireland (including the six counties of Northern Ireland) was a part of the UK. RKLuffy 01:55, August 5, 2012 (PST)
Hi, a quick update in case you are wondering. Things have been delayed slightly due to the DED (district electoral division) GIS source data not containing any counties currently in Northern Ireland. Administration of Northern Ireland post-partition was so fundamentally changed that all admin areas higher than townland bear little resemblance to pre-partion one. As a result only townlands show any continuity. Fortunately I have sourced a map of the townlands in these counties and am using this to create the equivalent DED data by combining this with the 1901 Ireland Census data which identifies what townlands each DED consists of. Once I have DED data I then use the 1898 Local Government (Ireland) Act to link the DEDs to the poor law unions and hence counties and districts. There is probably another month or so's work to complete the map, but it will hopefully be very accurate as a result. The in-depth source data will also allow the production of county level maps with the additional breakdown to DED level. XrysD (talk) 15:14, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
I would still like a pre-partition map. Thank you very much. User:RKLuffy:RKLuffy August 28, 2012 08:38 PM (PST)
Ummm, this is the pre-partition map I am talking about! Apologies if that wasn't clear. XrysD (talk) 18:01, 29 August 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for clearing it up. User:RKLuffy:RKLuffy August 29, 2012 01:25 PM (PST)
OK, it's done! Ireland Administrative Map. The date given is 1898 in reference to the act of parliament. There were minor changes to district names and a few more urban districts were added before the system was abolished in the early 1920s. XrysD (talk) 20:39, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
Thank you so much! BTW, on the England 1931 Admin map, you misspelled Uttoxeter Urban District as "Uttoxexter" Please correct it, and also, save the England 1931 map as a PNG like your others please! User:RKLuffy:RKLuffy August 29, 2012 02:15 PM (PST)
Thanks it was my pleasure :) It was one of the trickiest maps I've done. Thanks also for noticing the typo on the England 1931 map, I'll fix it ASAP. Sorry, it's not possible to have a PNG version as Wikipedia won't display PNGs with more than 12.5Mil pixels. The map is too detailed to reduce the size enough to fit within this limitation in PNG format. I'll also be creating a map of the Ireland poor law unions (the basis for the rural districts) if you are interested. XrysD (talk) 21:51, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
Also, I forgot to tell you, on the Wales 1947 map, you misspelled Bethesda as "Bethseda" Sorry for telling you this. Thanks! Now I am looking forward to the post-1974 maps of England, Wales, and Scotland! User:RKLuffy:RKLuffy August 29, 2012 09:21 PM (PST)
England post-1974 map is done! Others in progress. XrysD (talk) 22:52, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for making England post-1974! One more thing: you forgot to label Bedfordshire, Northumberland, and Humberside, and you misspelled Bournemouth as "Bournmouth". Sorry for pointing these errors out, my mother got upset with me, I didn't mean it as an insult, it's an autistic trait of mine. User:RKLuffy:RKLuffy Nov 9, 2012 08:40 PM (PST)
No don't worry that's very useful, thanks for pointing out the mistakes! I find it hard to spot things like that when I've been working on a map for a while. I'll fix them and re-upload. 09:31, 10 November 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for correcting the mistakes. I also just noticed that on the Scotland 1947 map, Borrowstounness was misspelled "Borrowstouness." Sorry for pointing this out. I'm now looking forward to the 1974 Wales and Scotland maps! Your England 1974 map is well-done! User:RKLuffy:RKLuffy Nov 10, 2012 02:02 AM (PST)

Wales post-1974 map is done! Scotland in progress. XrysD (talk) 12:57, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks! You are the best mapmaker on Wikipedia! I love the all your maps you have made. I am now looking forward to Scotland! By the way, because you have made a map of the historic counties of Wales, sometime, may you please do historic county maps of England and Scotland? And maybe, can you do a map of the current counties of the Republic of Ireland (1993 - present) and the districts of Northern Ireland? I'm sorry for asking you. Thank you so much for the maps! User:RKLuffy:RKLuffy Nov 11, 2012 03:28 PM (PST)
Thanks for the compliment! I'm not sure what you mean by the Historic Counties of England and Scotland? Do you mean the pre-1889 county boundaries (before the reforms)? I will eventually do modern Ireland/NI but I am concentrating on historical maps at the moment. Once the Scotland 1974 maps is done I intend to go back to finish my English Counties/Hundreds maps series. XrysD (talk) 00:14, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
Exactly, I mean the pre-1889 counties of England and Scotland, before the County of London was established. BTW, you forgot to italicize the districts of Cleveland on the England 1974 map , as it was a non-metropolitan shire county (you misspelled Middlesbrough as Middlesborough, too.) Sorry for pointing these out. Would you also please fix the Uttoxeter "Uttoxexter" typo on the England 1931 admin map as well? Sorry for pointing out errors, I hate to sound demanding, which I am not. I love your maps, and I always look forward to upcoming maps of yours. Also, I made a mistake: the new Scotland map is supposed to be post-1975, not 1974, because the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 took effect in 1975. After the Scotland 1975 map is done, I'll leave you alone, and I'll wait for the England and Scotland pre-1889 historic county maps, and the modern Ireland/Northern Ireland maps. User:RKLuffy:RKLuffy Nov 13, 2012 03:12 PM (PST)

Thank you for the Scotland map. Sorry, I found out that the regions and districts of Scotland took effect in 1975. My mistake saying 1974 and leading you to write that. Thank you so much for the map anyway! User:RKLuffy:RKLuffy Nov 24, 2012 02:10 PM (PST)

Thanks for all the maps. Sorry to nitpick, but I saw on the Wales 1974 map, on the inset, you mislabeled the Carmarthen district as South Pembrokeshire, and the Dinefwr borough as Carmarthen. Also, you misspelled Tweeddale as "Tweedale" with one "d" on the Scotland 1975 map. Please correct the mistakes if you have time on both maps. RKLuffy Dec. 2, 2012 12:44 PM (PST)

Sort key for your maps[edit]

Hi. I recently checked this map category: I remember that few months ago I added sort key to some of your maps there and you reverted me. Why? I think that versions of same map should be together in every category, not scattered all over it. Perhaps you can add sort key to your maps in that category? Or you would give me permission that I do that? PANONIAN (talk) 18:38, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

But I do not understand why you are against sort key? Can you state a reason for that? I do not mind in which order your maps should be sorted, but it is better if they are all together in categories. Why you think that they should be scattered all over it? Look at the bottom of this category: There are several maps named "Western Balkans 1942" and all of them are together. Why you do not want that your maps are sorted like this as well? PANONIAN (talk) 19:13, 11 September 2012 (UTC)
What mine version? I think you somehow confused me with DIREKTOR. DIREKTOR uploaded his versions of your maps and I only uploaded one older version of your map which is still your version because it was fully created by you. Also what is point to add sort key only to map that I uploaded when there are as much as 9 versions of your map? Sort key should be added to all of them if we want to have them together. Anyway, your maps are already listed in that category before something that could be really called "mine" map: You somehow think that my good faith efforts of categorization of images in commons might have other background. Anyway, do what ever you want with your images, forget that I asked you this. I have better things to do that is sure. PANONIAN (talk) 20:13, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Your England Historic County maps with Hundreds and subdivisions are great![edit]

You are indeed great with the individual county maps! I am looking forward to more like Middlesex and others, and please let me know when you do maps of all the pre-1889 historic counties of England and Scotland (not indvidual maps, maps which show all the counties of England, along with the exclaves), as well as the modern Admin maps of the Republic of Ireland (1994-present) and the present-day districts of Northern Ireland? Thank you for all the maps I requested you to do, like Ireland, 1898, England and Wales 1974, and Scotland 1975. You are the best! RKLuffy 11:08 PM PST, Nov. 30, 2012

Thanks again for the compliment. It's nice to be appreciated! :) I will be doing a map of the whole of England with pre-1889 counties and sub-divisions in the style of my other maps, but I will need to do the individual counties first. I may in the meantime create a map of just the pre-1889 counties, but these exist already by other authors so it is not a priority. I will also get to the modern Ireland maps too, but my priority at the moment is the English pre-1889 counties. XrysD (talk) 10:07, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
It's even better you will do a map of the whole of England with the pre-1889 counties and subdivisions! Now that's even better. I'll just leave you alone to do the individual county maps. RKLuffy 2:08 AM PST, Dec. 1, 2012

Map request[edit]

Hi XrysD, you put together an excellent map for [6] some time ago, and I wondered whether you would be willing to have a go at a map for the areas of Yugoslavia that were annexed by Hungary in WWII. I am currently looking to have the current article [7] expanded to something like this one [8] (currently being developed in my user space). Your help would be greatly appreciated. Peacemaker67 (talk) 21:47, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

The geographical boundaries for Backa and Baranja are here [9], and can I suggest p. 62 of this [10] source for the boundaries of the other two areas? I know the map is large scale, but it gives good guidance I think. Regards, Peacemaker67 (talk) 08:08, 1 January 2013 (UTC)

Map of NDH suitable for use with template:location map on WP[edit]

G'day XrysD, I know I'm being greedy, but something that would help enormously with Yugoslav Front articles on WP would be two blank maps of the NDH (41-43 and 43-44) suitable for using as a location map. I currently have an article at FAC which really needs one of these. I've had to use "Bosnia and Herzegovina location map.svg", and there have been negative comments about not using a contemporary map. If you were able to do this, it would help if the 41-43 map had the "Vienna line" on it (probably doesn't need the NDH counties), showing the demarcation between the German and Italian zones. Your help would be appreciated. Regards, Peacemaker67 (talk) 23:34, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

Another NDH map request[edit]

Hi, I would like to ask you if you could help me with some NDH maps. First of all, could you add the second line in Italian (southern) occupation zone from this map to this one. That's just the line dividing Italian occupation zone into three zones.

About this map, I didn't create it. You need to ask DIREKTOR about it. XrysD (talk) 19:25, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

Also, this dual map and this map of yours need a change. From this map of Third Reich and some info from Croatian sources, as well as German Wikipedia article about OZAK, it is evident that this small part of territory around Rijeka and the island of Krk were under NDH civil administration (note the different color on Thir Reich map, as well as national border which goes around this area). Maybe you should put that onto map in the shape of stripes of some purple color, different than the closest county (since this area wasn't part of any county), and mark it as "Građanska uprava Sušak-Rijeka" (Kommissariat Suschak-Krk in German).

When you have time, you could make an infobox map of NDH counties (for each of them).

My second request is way more important than other two. Thanks in advance! --Bojovnik (talk) 13:49, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

Thanks a lot. Croatian sources called it the way I wrote here, so you can put Croatian and German name. Also, the map of Third Reich clearly shows this area is on the other side of the border. Thanks once again!--Bojovnik (talk) 18:29, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
Thanks a lot once again! I'll try to find the borders of districts in Kommisariat, there were 5 of them. Cheers,--Bojovnik (talk) 17:41, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
There. There were five of them: Krk (the entire island), Sušak (central one), Kastav (southwest one), Čabar (north one), Bakar (southeast one). --Bojovnik (talk) 18:01, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Another map request[edit]

At first: Thank you very much for lots of different great maps from Europe during World War II! I am searching for maps like you created them because I need them for the project I am working in. I have to work with ArcGIS: Is it possible to get shape-files from your maps (for example: Reichskommisariat Ukraine, Ostland, Generalgouvernement, Scotland, Wales etc.)? And furthermore: Do you have more of these amazing maps? I am searching for administrative maps all over Europe (1933-1949). Kind regards

CAHDPA (talk) 14:13, 20 March 2013 (UTC)(talk)
Hi, thanks for the compliment! At the moment there is no GIS data for any of my WWII Europe maps. I have just started the process of moving over to using GIS data and tools. There is almost no existing publically available GIS data for this era so I am digitizing original WWII era map data myself. As you can imagine though, this is a huge task at the level of accuracy I work to, so it will take some time! For example the source maps I am using are 1:100 000 so this means there are almost 700 maps to cover Germany alone. So sorry I think it's not likely that I will be producing any GIS output on the sort of timescale you need. In your position I guess I would geo-reference my existing maps and then digitize them yourself? Sorry I can't be of more help to you. XrysD (talk) 16:59, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Oh, it's a pity (on the one hand). But on the other hand, as you said, it makes a lot of work to create these maps so you've already helped me soooo much with all the maps you have created! :) It's easier to digitize a part of Europe from your maps on myself instead of studying old 1: 100 000-maps for all the area. So, it's no problem. Thank you very much for answering that fast. And, of course, thanks for all your maps! Great work!! CAHDPA (talk) 22:52, 20 March 2013 (UTC)(talk)

No problem, I'm glad to help. That's what Wikipedia is for and why I publish my maps here :) What is your project about exactly? XrysD (talk) 13:26, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

We are going to build up an online-bibliography about early holocaust-literature between 1933-49. In addition there will be a kind of online-atlas so that you can see were the literature was written and several stations of the authors' lifes were situated. It will be possible not only to search texts but also to search with help of the maps, too. For example "what was written or who wrote about what in the area of countries, provinces, cities etc.". So we've lots of work but I guess there will be good and important results. CAHDPA (talk) 20:21, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Sounds an interesting and worthwhile project. I'll be happy if you can use any of maps as source material for it. Have you seen this site? US Holocaust Memorial Museum Maps The maps here aren't high-res but they may be helpful to you? XrysD (talk) 19:35, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Oh, this site is new to me, it looks usefull. Thank you so much!!! I don't know, wheather you are interested or not, but you've created so much administrative maps - perhaps this site will interest you: Historical vector-shapefiles of administrative boundaries CAHDPA (talk) 08:18, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the link, that site is great. It's taken me several weeks to be able to download the datasets though! They are comprehensive and will be very useful for seeing changes over time, but the boundaries are quite schematic and low res. My version when complete will be a *lot* more accurate :) XrysD (talk) 18:51, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

I just received a very interesting mail today: There is a project getting ready right now and in May 2014 they will publish a book and maps from Europe 1870-2000 on CD in GIS format: Sounds interesting and the data should be more accurate than the other shape-files I found before (I heard there were mistakes in European borders and German ones between 1938-45). It seems that I don't have to create the maps on my own. Thank God there are hard working people like you :) CAHDPA (talk) 22:50, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

I've had a look at the description and it looks very interesting indeed! I am not sure though as to how accurate the data will be. There are a few reasons for this. The first is that all their GIS data fits onto 1 CD-ROM and it has to cover the whole of Europe every 10 years from 1870-2000 - that is 14 data sets. Assuming 700MB CD capacity that gives 50MB per set. Now a decent resolution SHP file for one country can be 10-15MB each so simple maths tells you they can be that accurate. Secondly there is the copyright issue. If you want to buy an accurate set of current GIS data for all Europe's admin boundaries it costs about EUR10000! The reason it is so expensive is that to publish it one must have license from the copyright holders (each country) to do so. So I think there is no way they would be permitted to publish data that accurate for a fraction of the cost. So I imagine the level of accuracy will be similar to the Mosaic site. I really hope I am wrong as it could be an amazingly useful resource to a mapmaker like myself! XrysD (talk) 13:11, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Recently I got more information about the project. It is possible that they are going to cooperate with our project. For "normal" users the maps will cost about 600€ - not THAT much but still expensive. Of course, everyone wants to compliment his own work but I hope they will keep their "promise" that their maps are accurate. We will see. Another quite interesting link: CAHDPA (talk) 19:49, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Hmm... €600 is still pretty expensive as you say! Beyond my reach for sure. The YouTube clip is very interesting. It does concentrate on the integration with Google Earth rather than the quality (and level) of the data though. I guess we will have to wait and see now. Do let me know if they do agree to co-operate with your project please :) XrysD (talk) 15:03, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

No problem, I'll inform you whether the other project is going to cooperate. But I guess it will take some time because of copy right questions of their publisher... First I'm going to create vector-maps using your boundaries from WWII. I like digitising :) CAHDPA (talk) 10:08, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

OK that's cool :) I find digitising can be quite relaxing. It's geo-referencing the raster map in the first place that can be tedious! I am currently doing the 1944 border for Greater Germany from 1:100k maps which will be more accurate than the ones that exist on my current maps. So you might want to hold off doing that one as I can share the results of that digitising with you if you like? XrysD (talk) 10:28, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Oh yes, digitising is quite nerve-racking. I got a hint today that sometimes the results can be more accurate if you know the projection-type. Could you tell me the projection of your maps from GreatBritain and WWII (RK Ostland, Ukraine, NDH, Serbia, Generalgouvernement, Hungary, Greece, Slovakia, Böhmen und Mähren)? Perhaps it will work... Or do you have better hints? First I tried to digitise Hungary. Looks good but could be better :D I'm sorry, but what map of Germany 1944 do you mean? Of course, it would be great if you would share your results with me!!! CAHDPA (talk) 14:24, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

It depends what you mean by digitising. If you are just creating vector versions of my map, then you don't need to know the map projection. If you are trying to geo-reference the data so it can be used in a GIS application, then projection does matter of course :) The source map of Hungary that I used to create mine has a conical projection but I don't know which one. The other maps are similar. Until recently I didn't use GIS software at all so projections weren't important. XrysD (talk) 18:12, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

First I am going to georeference the map and then I'll create vector-data. It is possible to georeference it wothout knowing the original projection but a kartographer told me I could get better results knowing it. That's why I'm going to try it this way. Perhaps you still know which maps you used so I can find them in a(n) (online)library and find out the projection on my own? CAHDPA (talk) 12:18, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

We've got the dateset from the other project! :) CAHDPA (talk) 12:57, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Wow! That's amazing!! Have you looked at it yet? What is the quality like? It is possible to upload a bitmap snapshot showing what it's like somewhere? XrysD (talk) 18:30, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

I'm just busy with sorting, arranging and changing the coordinate-systems of all the data we've got from different sources (I also found free vector data in Estonia and Slovakia) - it is so much to do with it, I just couldn't imagine. At first sight the data looks good but I didn't yet match it together with our other data. I guess this will take a few months and we didn't decide whether we will show it as a kind of mosaic or as a real puzzle where all boundaries fit together... I don't know whether it is permitted to show snapshots anywhere because we only got the data with permission for the project (of course, a snapshot is not the data itself) - But I can tell you when the first maps are on our website :) CAHDPA (talk) 21:16, 11 October 2013 (UTC)

I understand you are limited by the terms of your agreement so don't worry if you can't show anything yet! So I think for me to get a feeling for how accurate the data is compared to what I am doing, it's best that I generate a sample map from what I have done so far and upload it to commons. Then perhaps you would be so kind as to look at it and say how it compares? :) I'll also look forward to seeing the first maps when they are up too. By the way are you involved with these guys IEG-MAPS? XrysD (talk) 16:09, 12 October 2013 (UTC)
OK the sample map is done and uploaded here --> KDR44 Extract :) XrysD (talk) 19:08, 12 October 2013 (UTC)

hello again! we are still working, but it gets more and more interesting. i've already found ieg-maps and used some of them to get an overview. i just finished digitizing generalgouvernement with help of your map, too. now i'm working at district bialystok. perhaps you can give me your mail-address - i forgot to visit your site for so long and could give you more information by mail, if you are interested CAHDPA (talk) 13:27, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Did you already mention: is online! You can choose the english version at the bottom of the site. To see the historical web-map choose "search" - "geographical search", to download some maps choose "help" - "information about geodata downloads". Have fun! CAHDPA (talk) 11:57, 19 February 2016 (UTC)

1974 Map Request[edit]

Hello there. I don't wish to sound stupid but wow, you are just amazing! I love your 1931 administrative map and you 1974 county boroughs map. Would it be possible to create one for 1974 but include the county boroughs, municipal boroughs urban districts and rural districts; kind of like a combination of the two? Would be ideal if you could. And also maybe a version without the labels? Thanks so much, 07bargem (talk) 15:35, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! I do have plans for a 1974 version of the 1931 map but I'm not sure at the moment when I will get to it as I have two other large projects on the go. I might be able to fit it in at some point though :) XrysD (talk) 18:47, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

Occupied Yugoslavia[edit]

Hello, Peacemaker67 and I are creating an article on the massacres that took place in occupied Yugoslavia during WWII. Currently we are using this map, but it shows the state borders of the SFRY after the war and no map of occupied Yugoslavia currently exists in the location map style. I was wondering, would it be possible for you to create a location map that shows the borders of Yugoslavia when it was occupied such has here? -- ◅PRODUCER (TALK) 19:15, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi, yes I should be able to create a map like that for you fairly quickly. One question though; the occupation zones changed after the capitulation of Italy in 1943. Do you want the zones pre or post capitulation? XrysD (talk) 15:06, 22 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. Pre-capitulation would be best as most of the massacres occurred in 1941 and 1942. -- ◅PRODUCER (TALK) 17:09, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
OK, it's done! Let me know what you think. XrysD (talk) 19:03, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
Looks good. Thank you again. I'll inform PM67 and ask what he thinks. -- ◅PRODUCER (TALK) 08:16, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
Brilliant as usual, XrysD! Thanks very much, you are a champion. Peacemaker67 (talk) 13:15, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

1931 England map again[edit]

It is so frustrating to realise that, even though I love your administrative maps of the UK's constituent countries, and have long admired their clarity, elegance and informativeness, I wasn't sufficiently motivated to come here and tell you that until I noticed an error in one of them. Praise really ought to be easier to give; I blame my character and its associated apathy towards matters of a generally social nature.

Of all your maps, I have appreciated File:England Administrative 1931.jpg the most, and I have spent many a happy hour studying it. The error in question is that the urban district of Uttoxeter, in east Staffordshire, has been misspelled as "Uttoxexter" (though the neighbouring rural district of the same name is spelt correctly).

On a completely different matter: have you ever created, or been interested in creating, or can recommend to me someone who has likewise created or been interested in creating, a building's floor plan? I am working on a (very) long-term project for the expansion and improvement of a large and famous building's Wikipedia coverage, and I feel that a vector plan of its principal floor (White-House-style) would be useful, especially for the daughter articles about particular rooms (or groups of rooms) which are intended to be created in the course of the said project. Waltham, The Duke of 13:31, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for the compliments :) I'll fix the typo ASAP. Don't fret about reporting errors, it is valuable work. I've not done anything related to building floorplans. I don't think the GIS tools I use would be useful for that. I imagine there are specific packages for it or plugins for CAD tools. Alternatively something like Inkscape might suit? XrysD (talk) 18:18, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for your gracious response. I have no particular experience in creating images of any sort—the occasional border crop of photographs notwithstanding—so I was basically asking about someone who could do the job for me. (I did once try out Inkscape, but that didn't work out very well.) Anyway, I'll check at the various graphic labs; I just wondered if you had any particular recommendation, but it isn't anything pressing. It will probably take me years to finish that project (progress is glacial), and I'm sure I'll find someone for that floor plan in the meantime. Waltham, The Duke of 01:20, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Non-wiki Map Request[edit]

Hello, I'd just like to preface this by reiterating what everyone else has said - your maps are brilliant! I have an interest in alt-history fiction and without going in to too many details I'm attempting to find an appropriate map for UK local government. I was wondering whether there were versions of England Adminstrative 2010.png, Scotland Administrative Map 2009.png and Wales Administrative 1974.png without the labels and whether you could possibly let me have them? Just to reassure you, their use would be strictly personal. Noxolia (talk)

Hi, thanks! Non-labelled versions of the maps don't currently exist but could be generated fairly easily. If you are familiar with GIS data though you can download an ESRI shapefile of the current boundaries from the Ordnance Survey Opendata website. Otherwise get back to me and I'll see what I can do about generating and uploading blank versions. XrysD (talk) 23:44, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick reply! I'm afraid I don't have any knowledge of GIS data, so if it is at all possible for you to generate non-labelled versions it would be immensely appreciated. Noxolia (talk)
OK, I've generated them and they're available for you here: England (2010) , Scotland (2009), Wales (1974). Your project sounds interesting, how are you going to use the maps? XrysD (talk) 22:34, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
Thank you very much, it's greatly appreciated! Primarily to indicate political allegiance in the various parts of my timeline's Britain, along with the primary language of that area. The idea behind it is that Britain is a much more decentralised nation, with local government hoving wide-ranging powers akin to the cantons of Switzerland, and that both Scots Gaelic and Welsh continue to be spoken to a great extent so are therefore considered official languages alongside English. Noxolia (talk)

Wales Administrative Map 2009[edit]

What typeface/font did you use for the uppercase letters?

Hi, that font is called Bullion. XrysD (talk) 17:47, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

G'day again![edit]

Hi XrysD, I was wondering if you could do me a favour and tweak the text on an existing map for me? The file is File:TeritorialGainsHungary1920-41.svg. It's used in the Hungarian occupation of Yugoslav territories article on enWP which is currently a FAC. Tony1 has suggested the text in the legend is too small to read, and he has a good point. I would really appreciate it if you had a few secs to increase the font size. I'm sure I should be able to do it myself, but graphics are definitely not my strong suit. Thanks in anticipation. Regards, Peacemaker67 (talk) 13:30, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Managed to do it myself in the end... Maybe I'm getting the hang of photoshop. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (talk) 11:40, 7 August 2013 (UTC)


Good evening!

I really appreciate your administrative map of Hungary between 1941 and 1944. I've made a similar map, with all the ditricts of the Hungarian Kingdom in the 19th century. I want to ask you the permission to reuse the colors of this map.

Thank you in advance, continue your nice job on Wikipedia!

Regards, Mikovari (talk) 22:37, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi, sure no problem feel free to use the colours. I'll be interested to see your map when it's done! XrysD (talk) 15:48, 23 July 2013 (UTC)
Thank you!! Just another question: did you use a special program to do this map? Mikovari (talk) 16:35, 23 July 2013 (UTC)
I use Photoshop for the map and Xara for the text. XrysD (talk) 17:37, 23 July 2013 (UTC)
Hi, I've just finished the map I was talking about, here it is Mikovari (talk) 23:26, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi ho[edit]

G'day again, XrysD! Might you have time to make a couple of maps similar in style to the excellent one you did for the Territory of the Military Commander in Serbia showing the boundaries of the Yugoslav territories of Bačka and Baranja, and Međimurje and Prekmurje that were occupied then annexed by Hungary in 1941? I can point you to some source maps if you don't have access to any. I have taken this article to FAC and a reviewer wants maps included that show the exact boundaries. I was thinking that one map showing Bačka and Baranja and another showing Međimurje and Prekmurje would probably be best. Let me know? Warm regards, Peacemaker67 (talk) 11:49, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Karten zum Zweiten Weltkrieg[edit]

Von dir stammen viele sehr genaue Verwaltungskarten für Osteuropa während des 2. Weltkriegs. Welche Quellen verwendest du dafür? Hast du die SVGs dazu noch? Es geht um ein Projekt, historische Weltkarten für das 20. Jhd. zu zeichnen - siehe de:Benutzer:Antemister/Weltkarten. Ich bearbeite da gerade die unzähligen Grenzverschiebungen im zwischen 1940 und 1945 in Osteuropa.--Antemister (talk) 15:18, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

Aha, gut das zu erfahren. Vielleicht kannst du dennoch die Quellen in der Dateibeschreibung angeben, das hilft den Nachnutzern. Ich komme jedenfalls auf dich zurück falls ich konkrete Fragen habe.--Antemister (talk) 21:27, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

WW2 Map of Greater Germany[edit]

Hi Chris,

Sorry for my late reply. I've reduced my wiki contributions lately because I'm working on my own historical maps website.

I saw your map sample. Looks great! So you say it's too big to be published as a single image. Hmm, have you considered uploading a jpeg or svg file? It might work this way. Another thing. You say you used the KDR100K as reference. Don't tell me you geo-referenced every single map sheet covering Greater Germany! These map sheets could be used as a base layer mosaic for a big WWII interactive map (just an idea).


Andrein (User talk:Andrein) 11:31, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

You're right about svg's and the abusive use of wiki maps for commercial gain. I found many of my maps used in newspaper articles, book cover&content etc. You know, wiki doesn't allow you to publish under the cc-by-nc 3.0 license, and this is one of the reasons I started my own website.
So you couldn't find the KDR100K map series in colors? Yes, it must have been tough to separate the administrative limits from other map features.
I thought 70 years since publication is the extent of copyright protection. If the maps are from 1944, they should be free to use from 2014 (or 2015?).
It would be cool to also have the rivers, lakes, roads, railroads and the extent of urban areas digitised from the German maps, but I guess It's too much work :)
Andrein (User talk:Andrein) 14:17, 21 October 2013 (UTC)
Yes, my website is working: link However, I still have to finish the English version and to add more maps. My colleague has provided me a large number of historical ethnic maps and I also put my own historical, administrative, electoral and ethnic maps. It's enough for the beginning. Next year I want to start another website focused on European history (this one is mostly directed to a Romanian audience).
Oh, so you only used the maps on mapywig. It's sad they don't provide more maps for distant regions. For example Romania and Hungary have some decent maps only for the northern regions. Anyway, I'm now working on a mapping project regarding the Saxon fortified churches in Transylvania. With the earnings from here I plan to go to Vienna (next spring) and scan some WWII 100K, 200K and 300K topographic maps. Andrein (User talk:Andrein) 18:56, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

Kingdom of Hungary[edit]


I love the detail and elegant look of your File:Hungary 1941-44 Administrative Map.png. I'm wondering if you could also upload the original SVG version of this map (assuming a vector version actually exists). The reason I'm asking is that I'd like to make some derivative maps. Also, there are some minor typos I'd like to correct.

Thanks, and keep up your great work,

--Malatinszky (talk) 16:02, 3 July 2014 (UTC)


Hi XrysD, korrekter Weise sollte die Bezeichnung doch "Provinz Ostpreußen, 1939-1945" heißen und nicht "Ostpreußen", oder? Zum Landstrich bzw. zur Landschaft hat die Region nie gehört. VG, --Tiem Borussia 73 (talk) 20:05, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Evolution of Worcestershire county boundaries (additional)[edit]

Hi there...thanks once again for the Worcestershire (pre-1832) map! I'm just wondering if you could make a couple of minor adjustments please.

My article Evolution of Worcestershire county boundaries is a GA nominee and I'm currently editing this to meet the criteria. One thing that was raised was that on the map, could the exclaves within Worcestershire (Halesowen, Tardebigge, Clent, Broome and Rochford) be marked in some way? This would give the reader context of why there's 'gaps' within Worcestershire, perhaps some of the counties own exclaves like Dudley or Shipston-on-Stour could be marked in addition. Also thanks for the edit regarding Warley...looking at "A Vision of Britain through time" it appears that Warley Wigorn was smaller and more fragmented. See what you think. Thanks once again for your assistance! Bellow558 (talk) 12:25, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

England Administrative Counties 1965-1974[edit]

Hi there again...just noticed on your map of England_Admin_Counties_1965-1974.png, that there is a slight error regarding Worcestershire's county boroughs. Warley County Borough was associated with Worcestershire, not Staffordshire. Thank you Bellow558 (talk) 15:29, 28 August 2014 (UTC)


G'day XrysD! I've had a query about the original information used to compile this series of maps (including the county one) for an article at FAC. Could you clarify? Thanks very much. Regards, Peacemaker67 (talk) 22:56, 18 October 2014 (UTC)


Hallo XrysD, auf der Karte hat sich im Generalbezirk Lettland ein Dünaberg (richtig Kreisgebiet Dünaburg) eingeschlichen. Grüsse, --Tiem Borussia 73 (talk) 15:55, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Districts of the NDH map[edit]

G'day XrysD, as usual, awesome job on the NDH district map. Reading the talk page, I wanted to caution you to be careful of the POV warriors that pop-up here. There is no shortage of them, and few have any real basis for their objections to your well-referenced maps. Can ask you a huge favour? The font you used for this map is rather "arty" and makes it hard for old bastards like me to read. Could you use a more (boring) mainstream font like Arial or Calibri etc? It would be greatly appreciated by my tired old eyes, and probably more acceptable for FAs (on en WP at least). Regards, and thanks so much for all the map work you have done on wartime Yugoslavia. You really have made a big difference for those of us that write articles and lists in that space. Peacemaker67 (talk) 09:01, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Cheers Peacemaker! Thanks for the warning. I'm all too familiar with the POV warriors where the balkans are concerned, but as there are no changes to the maps in terms of NDH boundaries I hope the new versions will not provoke anyone further! Ironically the biggest areas of contention have generally related to the surrounding areas like Kotor, OZAK and you-know-where. The problem is, of course, like a lot of NS Germany occupied areas there were multiple competing organisations nominally in charge. Take OZAK; de-jure part of RSI (to placate Mussolini), de-facto annexed to Reichsgau Karnten (for military operational reasons), part-claimed by NDH (territorial irredentism)! So what does one show on the map?
About the font, it's funny I had another similar comment about another map just the other day after not having any for 5 years! For that one it wasn't as justified as the map is more decorative than informative so the font doesn't cause issues. However for these maps which are quite crowded with information it makes sense to have as clearer font as possible. I will review it when I get home and see if I can find something more suitable. XrysD (talk) 13:40, 26 November 2014 (UTC)


Hallo XrysD, die o.g. Karte sieht toll aus, jedoch möchte ich dich bitten "Silutes" und "Klaipedos" Namen zu tauschen. Für deine Mühe vielen Dank im Voraus. --Petriukas (talk) 18:12, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Dankeschön :) Ja, es tut mir leid, ich weiss es schon, über diese Fehler, aber hatte keine Zeit die Karte zu ändern! Ich mache es bald!XrysD (talk) 19:30, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

New level {{User VG-4}}[edit]

Hi ; new level 4 for you ?--Medium69 You wanted talk to me? 15:04, 11 December 2014 (UTC)


Which English county maps are you doing now?[edit]

Hi XrysD. I enjoy your new County maps. Which ones are you working on now? I am also now looking forward to present day admin maps of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. I want to see maps of Middlesex, Surrey, Essex, Devon, Cornwall, Cheshire, and the other counties! Thank you! -RickyK777

Thanks! My UK and Ireland county maps are on hold at the moment while I concentrate on my european work. But rest assured the series will continue in the new year! XrysD (talk) 14:27, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

File:GovernateOfDalmatia1941 43.png[edit]

Hallo, there are some problems with this map, as I wrote here.--Friedrichstrasse (talk) 14:35, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for spotting the typos I will fix them ASAP, but it isn't necessary to raise a Disputed Map tag. There is no dispute as to the spelling of the names - that is a matter of fact, it is simply an error. I believe the tag is for cases where what the map shows (e.g. boundaries) is disputed. XrysD (talk) 17:23, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

WWII maps[edit]

Hello. I was wondering what WW2 maps are you working on now? I have recently completed a map of Finland in 1942-1944 ( and I was planning to do Denmark and Norway this year (if you haven't already started working on maps of Norway and Denmark).

PS Can you please tell me your e-mail again (I lost it, sorry). I want to ask you a question. Andrei (talk) 12:40, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi Chris. Glad do hear you are working on Germany, Serbia and Bulgaria. Any plans for Poland 1939? The map of Finland is in the link above :) You can write me at and I'll answer from my real e-mail. I won't post it here because I'll get spams afterwards. Andrei (talk) 13:40, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Map of Serbia[edit]

Hi. I see that you placed this map into articles in Serbian Wikipedia: Map is generally OK, but I have one strong objection: in file title you implanted name introduced from POV pushing in English Wikipedia and not widely supported by majority of sources: [11]. Therefore, I kindly suggest that you rename this file to "MilitaryAdministrationInSerbia-MilitaryAdminAreasCYR.png" or maybe to "VojnaUpravauSrbiji-VojnaUpravnaPodručjaCYR.png", which would be Serbian equivalent of this name. Otherwise, I will be forced to remove your map from sr Wikipedia because of the POV title. Thank you. Also, I remember that we had some similar discussion before and since then I found an undisputed proof that official name of that country was simply "Serbia" (check this document: [12]). It is an school graduation sertificate from 30 june 1944. This school was located in Bečkerek (today Zrenjanin) and name of the country in which this school and this city were located is written on the top of this document with Cyrillic letters "С Р Б И Ј А" (Serbia). I have a similar certificate from my own graduation where name of the country written in the top of that document is labeled as "Federal Republic of Yugoslavia - Republic of Serbia". This destroys entire POV "territory of the military commamder" construction from English Wikipedia, which was simply a name of German military district organized in the country of Serbia. PANONIAN (talk) 14:07, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

And appart from that original document I found plenty more which using name "država" (country) to describe the status of Serbia from 1941 to 1944. Even this graduation sertificate on its bottom have label: "Published and printed by the country/state printing house (državna štamparija) - Belgrade". PANONIAN (talk) 14:18, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Good afternoon PANONIAN. For the sake of WP:CON I have requested a file move to the title you suggested "VojnaUpravauSrbiji-VojnaUpravnaPodručjaCYR.png" as I have no objection to a name change. I didn't realise you considered the old title a POV issue as this is the name given to the territory in the section where I added the map. The change has now gone through. XrysD (talk) 14:32, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, name is used in the article text, but with the proper explanation. I only object to the POV introduced in en wikipedia that this was a name of a "primary political unit" and that all Serbian state institutions from that period were simply "a government" and not a country. Anyway, thank you for renaming. I generally aprreciate your work and your maps. So, keep it up and have a nice day. PANONIAN (talk) 14:41, 28 February 2015 (UTC)


Well, I just noticed similar issue with the case of Montenegro. I was not aware that known POV-pushers from en wikipedia destroyed article about WW2 Montenegrin state as well and that they renamed it into this: And again with no background in majority of literature: [13]. Nevertheless, the issue I want to discuss is this map of Montenegro which you made: Because of the same issue as with map of Serbia (POV title), I would avoid using this map in sr Wikipedia in this form. However, I think that these administrative units of Montengro are interesting subject and that map which showing that would be good illustration for sr wiki article. So, perhaps you can upload another version of this map with another filename into wikimedia coomons? You should only change few things in new map version: 1. There should be "Montenegro" instead "Governorate of Montenegro" (in both, map title and map description) and 2. names should be local instead Italian (or misspelled): Nova Varoš (not Novavaroš), Štavnica (not Štavica), Bijelo Polje (not Bijelopolje), Pljevlja (not Plevje), Andrijevica (not Andrejivica), Podgorica (not Podgorizza), Kotor (not Cattaro) and Bar (not Antivari). Another map can be also in English. So, can you upload that map? Also, I want to ask you: in the cited source which you used (Ubersichtskarte von Mitteleuropa) is there a label "Governorate of Montenegro" or something else? PANONIAN (talk) 15:28, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Sure, I will create a Cyrillic map version. I would be happy to label it "Kraljevina Crna Gora" as it was nominally a monarchy and this also applies to the entity that existed 1941-44. This is also listed on and as a valid name. "Independent State of Montenegro" (NDCG), according to the referenced source for the name (Kurapovna) is the state that was proclaimed on July 12 1941. This only lasted a day until the uprising. The Italian Governorate was what was created afterwards and this is what my map is of. I have no reference source that gives the administrative divisions of NDCG so I can't create a map with this label. For your interest, the KvM just labels the area as "Montenegro". However it also labels NDH as "Kroatien", RSI as "Italien" so isn't a useful source for definitive names! XrysD (talk) 16:41, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
OK, Cyrillic version would be fine. Anyway, I think that best label for Cyrillic map is also just "Montenegro" (Crna Gora / Црна Гора), as we are not sure about exact nature of these administrative units of Montenegro - are they meant to be local or occupational (and you said that your source using simple name "Montenegro" as well). In theory, Montenegro was an Italian protectorate (like Albania), not just simple Italian province (like for example Dalmatia or Ljubljana). Anyway, I also suggest that you make alternative (more NPOV) versions of your English language maps of WW2 Serbia and Montenegro, because things in en Wikipedia can easily change in the future when certain POV pushers become tired of their "work". Therefore, it is more likely that your alternative English language map versions (which you havent made yet) will be the ones which would remain in the articles for longer time. And when I say more NPOV, I mean that you should use labels from your own source (which uses simple names "Serbia" and "Montenegro") instead to add into maps "governorates", "territories of the commanders", etc, which are propagated as political original research in en wikipedia. PANONIAN (talk) 17:53, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
As I said, I will do a Cyrillic version of the Montenegro map as you requested. I will however not be modifying any of the existing Balkans maps unless the WP:CON changes. This is my last word on that subject until then. Please respect WP:CON. XrysD (talk) 18:33, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Nice work with this map: However, map have few errors:

  • 1. name of Italy is depicted wrong: it should be ИТАЛИЈА (ITALIJA), not ИТАЛПИЈА (ITALPIJA)
  • 2. correct name of one of the districts is Милешева (Mileševa), not Милешевка (Mileševka)

There is also grammatical error in this map: - in map legeng there should be Окружна Команда (Okružna Komanda), not Окружних Команда (Okružnih Komanda).

Last thing, can you tell me which font you used for descriptions in your maps? I think that I did not used correct font for changes in this map: PANONIAN (talk) 08:14, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi PANONIAN. Thanks for spotting the typos, I've corrected the maps. About the other map, the original version you used has been superseded by the new one. So I've uploaded a version of that one for you as it (hopefully) now has no typos. Feel free to make any further changes as you wish to it. For the record the font used on the new one is ALTE Din Mittelschrift. XrysD (talk) 10:40, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
OK, all 3 maps are good now. By the way, I categorized better some of your maps as there are more specific categories in commons for them. If files are not categorized well people would not find them easy. PANONIAN (talk) 11:00, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I saw your category updates too - they're OK. It's never clear to me if "Maps of xxx" is for current maps only or historical maps too! XrysD (talk) 11:35, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
If there is no separate category for history maps then parent category can host history maps too. However, in the case when separate category for history maps exists history maps should be there, as it is most obvious place where one would search for them in commons. PANONIAN (talk) 07:46, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
G'day Xrys. Thanks for all your great work on these maps. Sadly, it is PANONIAN that is the POV pusher (who no longer edits on en WP for good reason, BTW). It could not be clearer from Lemkin and other authoritative sources that the attempted proclamation of the monarchy was abortive, and the Italians therefore kept Montenegro as a military governorate. Lemkin reproduces the Italian decrees in full, and I'm happy to email you scanned pages if that helps. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (talk) 10:09, 4 April 2015 (UTC)

Ostmark 1941: Reichsgaue, Land- und Stadtkreise[edit]

Bei der Karte sind Oberdonau und Niederdonau vertauscht.

Nun korrigiert, danke! XrysD (talk) 14:30, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Ulcinj Municipality[edit]

Hi, XrysD, first I want to thank You for your contribution in Albania and Montenegro WW2 maps, and what I would like from you, of course if it's possible, to create a map for Ulcinj Municipality with it's settlements. I made a png map and uploaded it in sq.wikipedia and I marked the locations with numbers. You can see here what I made. Thanks in advance. --Ammartivari (talk) 11:55, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Ammartivari and thanks :) Sure I can do a map of Ulcinj Municipality, but I will need to source some data first. Also I am curious why just Ulcinj and not the rest of Montenegro? XrysD (talk) 00:26, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi, and first thanks for the quick answer and why just Ulcinj is because I am from that tiny town, but if you can make some maps for other Montenegrin municipalities that would be great. I dont really understand how a map is made but you have here (in page 50) a map of Ulcinj with it's settlements, and you can also get some infos here%5D here. --Ammartivari (talk) 18:49, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for those links. But I need to find some GIS data to make my map. I will see what I can find. Modern data is usually not too hard to locate :-) XrysD (talk) 18:46, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

Locator map for the Territory of the Military Commander in Serbia[edit]

G'day XrysD, I am working on improving the subject article, and wondered if you could tweak one of your existing maps of the territory to turn it into a locator map? I need to show changes in the locations of occupation troops over time, as well as highlight the locations of particular events. Your help would be greatly appreciated, as always. Regards, Peacemaker67 (talk) 20:51, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Hi Peacemaker! Do you mean a blank outline map? Like these ones I did for NDH? XrysD (talk) 19:17, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
Yep, exactly like them. Thanks, Peacemaker67 (talk) 07:52, 7 June 2015 (UTC)
I was thinking the only internal line might be the divide between the Banat and Old Serbia. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (talk) 07:53, 7 June 2015 (UTC)
Do you know what I mean? Cheers, Peacemaker67 (talk) 12:39, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
Hi Peacemaker, sorry for not replying! Yes I know what you mean, I'll put something together this weekend. XrysD (talk) 19:59, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
I've uploaded a locator map. Let me know if it's suitable. Cheers! XrysD (talk) 08:56, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
Brilliant, as usual! Thanks, XrysD! Peacemaker67 (talk) 03:08, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

England, Wales and Scotland local government historical maps[edit]

Hi XrysD,

I'm another fan of your work! I've been referring to your local government history maps for England, Wales and Scotland pre and post 1970s reorganisation for a data project. While I've been using multiple references, it'd be nice to be able to cite your work - how best to do this?

I'm unable to use the maps on their own as I don't know how they were made - could you share your sources?

Thanks, Dataskivvy

Thanks! To cite a map, simply refer to its wikimedia commons page link. As for sources, they were created from maps in the British Library which are under copyright as they are less than 70 years old. However, similar maps can be viewed online at Vision of Britain (see the Boundary maps page). I think you can now also download some of them if you agree to use them for non-commercial purposes only. XrysD (talk) 20:07, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

Blanc map request[edit]

Could you upload a blank File:Wales Administrative Map 2009.png map, please; only Welsh language is needed on cy, ca ga, etc. Thanks. John Jones (talk) 19:32, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

Hi, I've created a Welsh language only version of the map for use on Gaelic language wikis. If you need the map in any other language please let me know. XrysD (talk) 22:40, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
Many thanks! A fine piece of work! John Jones (talk) 03:58, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

Do you happen to have this one in Welsh too? File:Wales Administrative 1974.png + File:Wales Historical Counties.png ??? Thanks. John Jones (talk) 08:05, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

I do now! It's nice to do a few UK maps again for a change :). Welsh versions of Wales Administrative 1974 and Traditional counties of Wales have been uploaded. XrysD (talk) 19:37, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

Hello XrysD,

I'd like to tell you that your map of "Ober Ost" is really great! For my historical presentation about WW1 in eastern Europe I'd like to ask you for your kindly permission using your map.

Hope to hear you soon, best regards!

Local government in Wales[edit]

I believe you created the map at the article on Local government in Wales. There's some discussion on that article's talk page - essentially, Usk needs to be shown as the administrative centre for Monmouthshire. Thanks. Ghmyrtle (talk) 14:53, 25 May 2016 (UTC)

Vector maps[edit]

I have been heartily impressed by your colourful maps, in particular looking at the Lathes of Kent and the Rapes of Sussex. I have been known to express severe antipathy towards PNG as a file format, but you seem to have overcome the limitations to produce detail that is not lost on screen.

I use SVG myself: if I get a line wrong, I just drag it along a bit, colours easily and consistently changed and the resultant image can be blown up to the size of a house without loss of definition. Inkscape can do just about anything on that front. I have done a large series of locator maps of counties, islands etc: county ones have been based on British Isles in counties.svg, or a set of far more detailed vector maps provided for me for this purpose. I have done some hundred maps, such as Cashio Hundred, Hertfordshire.svg and some more specialist (Geology of the Falkland Islands.svg). However I have not sat down with the detail nor artistry you have put into these maps.

Hogweard (talk) 22:54, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

Hi, many thanks for the kind words! Your SVG maps are excellent, but it's a format I'm not keen on (so far). This is due to the difficulty of getting results as good as I can get with raster PNGs, plus SVG line and text is still only optimized for one size (like a PNG) so the only main advantage you get over PNG is file size.
The way I get my results is by combining vector and raster tools to get the best of both. The source data is in GIS format (ESRI shape files) and edited using QGIS. Most of this involves geo-referencing digitized old maps then tracing the boundaries using a pen tablet. Occasionally (like with the English county series) there is a base set of GIS data (in this case Kain, R.J.P., and Oliver, R.R. (2001) "Historic parishes of England and Wales"), which I use to derive maps from. The next step is to render a raster version of the data for the area I need. This is done at high-resolution (typically 10k pixels square) and not anti-aliased. This is then shaded in Photoshop and reduced to the correct size to produce the raster base-map. Then it's imported into a vector drawing tool (Xara) where I add names, titles and legend. Finally the PNG that is uploaded to Wikipedia is rendered. Although quite laborious, this approach gives total control over the way the map looks. My philosophy is to try and produce something you might want to print out and put on the wall as it is as decorous as it is useful! XrysD (talk) 12:39, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
You are certainly getting better results from PNG than I ever have, but with fingers full of thumbs like mine, that is unsurprising. SVG shouldn't have display problems - it is scalable, so I have drawn designs an inch square and happily used them at A4 with no loss of definition. I reproduced some county flag patterns too that can be screen printed on flags 5 feet long! There is an issue with text in that few fonts are properly recognised on Commons and Wikipedia, so if the look is important, the text has to be converted to a "path".
I will have to look at how to convert between, say an shp or kml file and SVG; then some serious data can be used, thinking in particular of OS Open Data and the sources you have referred to. Hogweard (talk) 23:22, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
Sorry, I was unclear about SVG. Of course being vector they scale perfectly. What I was referring to is that with vector maps, when you zoom in you really want to see more detail. In GIS apps, line width is constant so as you zoom in this happens. OSM is a great example online. Also as you zoom out, there are algorithms that simplify line structures to make them more legible. An SVG is essentially just a vector snapshot as it scales everything as you zoom. There are plugins that convert SHP to SVG, but I haven't found any so far that are good with anything but simple cases. The problem is what I alluded to above that it's not just a case of converting points and joining them. If you do find an efficient tool I would be very interested. The other issue I always have with SVG is going from lines to filled polygons which is laborious as most auto conversions struggle with the detail in maps. XrysD (talk) 07:46, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
I will keep looking for conversions. I tried one out this evening and just got a blank picture, albeit that I might have chosen the wrong source file.
When I did the locator maps for the hundreds of Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Surrey, I started with a high definition county boundary supplied by the chaps at Wikishire and traced the boundaries laboriously: each section from tri-point to tri-point being separate line. Then I duplicated the lines and joined them up to make polygons. The colour of the polygon is in the "fill" and the lines in the "stroke", which can be made as broad or as narrow as you wish. Hogweard (talk) 21:34, 29 July 2016 (UTC)


G'day again, XrysD. I am using File:WWII_Occupied_Yugoslavia_Locator_Map.png in an article undergoing Military history A-Class Review, and I've been asked what the source was for the drawing of this map. Could you advise? Thanks, Peacemaker67 (talk) 01:26, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Hi Peacemaker. The original source was this map:
Ungarn 1 : 1,000,000. Verwaltungskarte bearbeitet von der Publikationsstelle Wien. Die Karte beruht auf dem Verwaltungstand vom 1. IX. 1943.
Subsequently it was revised from a contemporary Hungarian map, given to me by another Wikipedian, for which I don't know the publisher or exact date. However the changes were mostly cosmetic and fixing typos in the German map so consider the first reference as definitive. XrysD (talk) 08:51, 2 October 2016 (UTC)
Hi Peacemaker, mahoosive apologies I got confused about which map you were talking about. I thought you meant File:Hungarian_Occupied_Yugoslavia_1941_44.png. The reference is only one of the sources for the other map. It also uses the sources quoted on this page NDH Districts. XrysD (talk) 20:02, 3 October 2016 (UTC)
No worries, have added them as well for completeness. Cheers as always, Peacemaker67 (talk) 09:15, 4 October 2016 (UTC)

Some typos in Reichsgau Sudetenland map[edit]

Hi, there are reported two typos at - any chance to get the map corrected? Thanks! -- 13:29, 4 November 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for spotting those! Fixed now. XrysD (talk) 19:47, 4 November 2016 (UTC)

Query re File:Territory Of The German Military Commander In Serbia 1941-44.png[edit]

G'day again XyrsD! I've had a query about the original sources used to create this map, just wondering if you could provide? Thanks as always, Peacemaker67 (talk) 06:39, 5 April 2017 (UTC)

G'day Peacemaker, always nice to hear from you :) The sources for that map and the others in the series are:
Serbia - June 1944 1:2M MDR Misc 8380, Survey Directorate, Middle East (1944)
Volkstumkarte Jugoslawien 1:200k, Wilfried Krallert, Publikationsstelle Wien (1941)
The first is not public domain so cannot be uploaded. The second can be found online here: Ethnicity Maps of Southeastern Europe Project
Hope that helps! XrysD (talk) 18:43, 5 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks again! Regards, Peacemaker67 (talk) 07:35, 6 April 2017 (UTC)

Bohemia and Moravia[edit]

Good day! You have this image in SVG? or . I want to make flag-map of Bohemia and Moravia, and for that we need the SVG source of the contour of the country. Thank you in advance if you help. Sorry for English if something wrong. Stasyan117 (talk) 13:49, 8 May 2017 (UTC)

Hi, the map image only exists in PNG format. But I do have the original ESRI shape file format I created it from so I might be able to use that to create an SVG of the outline. I will take a look and get back to you. XrysD (talk) 20:47, 9 May 2017 (UTC)
OK, it worked! :) You can find it here XrysD (talk) 22:10, 9 May 2017 (UTC)
Thank you very much, that's what i need. Also thank you for made a reminder in/on my page. Here is what I could do: Stasyan117 (talk) 01:32, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Lithuania Counties Districts (1918-1940)[edit]

Hello. Do you have this image in SVG? I found some mistakes on this map, so I'd like to fix them. Thank you. --H-JAM (talk) 16:16, 26 May 2017 (UTC)

Hi, the map does not exist as Svg. Please let me know what the typos are and I will correct them and re-render the map. XrysD (talk) 17:22, 26 May 2017 (UTC)
Or, could you convert it to SVG (like the file of Bohemia and Moravia)? This format is suited to maps, and it is recommended to do so ( If you are not able to do so, I will create a list of the typos, which need to be corrected. Thank you. --H-JAM (talk) 02:33, 29 May 2017 (UTC)
The conversion of Bohemia and Moravia was a simple outline generated from an ESRI shapefile line. A complex full map cannot be automatically converted this way. At least, not yet! So please let me know the typos and I'll re-render the map. XrysD (talk) 13:17, 29 May 2017 (UTC)
First of all, in my opinion, the title "Republic of Lithuania 1920-1939" is misunderstandable, since the administrative divisions of districts had changed some times during this period. This map is based on the administrative divisions in 1923, isn't it? For instance, Žeimelio valsčius was a part of Biržų-Pasvalio apskritis in 1919–1924, then Biržų apskritis in 1924–1926, Šiaulių apskritis in 1927–1940 (and later). Traupio valsčius was a part of Ukmergės apskritis until 1933. Since 1933, it was a part of Raguvos valsčius in Panevėžio apskritis. There are more such examples, so I think it is better to indicate which year exactly (maybe 1923?).
  • Labanoro valsčius in Utenos apskritis should be renamed to Linkmenų valsčius (if it's based on the divisions in 1923)
  • Luksnėnų valsčius and Panemuninkų valsčius in Alytaus apskritis did not exist during the interwar period. According to data that I have, Antnemunio valsčius and Alovės valsčius existed (but I'm not sure the location of these valsčiai).
  • Leipūnų valsčius and Radiškės valsčius in Seinų apskritis did not exist. There were Punsko valsčius and Leipalingio valsčius.
  • There was Kidulių valsčius in Šakių apskritis.
  • The official name of Biržų apskritis was Pasvalio apskritis in 1919 and Biržų-Pasvalio apskritis in 1919–1924. If this map is based on the data in 1923, it is better to rename to "Biržų-Pasvalio".
I have found some more errors, but I forgot which ones were. I will write you, if I'll find them. --H-JAM (talk) 02:52, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay, I've had a chance to look at these now, I'll go through them below. This page I will refer to below [[14]]
  • TITLE - I accept your point that the map is date specific so will change it to Republic of Lithuania (1923)
  • Linkmenų valsčius - The town was in Poland during this period (known as Łyngmiany). The source map I have shows Labonary as the main town however the page above lists Linkmenų. Will change.
  • Alovės valsčius - This lies within the area currently labelled Alytaus which is actually in what is named Luksnėnų. I will rename Alytaus to Alovės and Luksnėnų to Alytaus.
  • Panemuninkų/Antnemunio valsčius - I cannot find where Antnemunio valsčius was so while it is likely this is another misnaming I won't change it.
  • Leipūnų valsčius and Radiškės valsčius - have found these on map so will change.
  • Kidulių valsčius - currently Gelgaudiškio valsčius covers this by mistake. Will change.
  • Biržų-Pasvalio apskritis - lt.wikipedia entry confirms this so will change.

Let me know if you turn up any more errors. XrysD (talk) 19:19, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

Thank you for your contribution! --H-JAM (talk) 01:47, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

Request for data[edit]

G'day again XrysD! I have a favour to ask. I want to create a location map template for File:TerritoryOfTheMilitaryCommanderInSerbiaLocatorMap.png, similar to Template:Location map NDH, but I need the border and map centre coordinates. Can you provide? Thanks, Peacemaker67 (talk) 03:56, 1 July 2017 (UTC)

G'day Peacemaker! Sure I can provide those for you. Point coordinates in decimal degrees (lon,lat). Top left (18.79,46.46) Top right (23.21,46.46) Bottom left (18.79,42.41) Bottom right (23.21,42.41) Centre (21,44.435). XrysD (talk) 08:49, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
Awesome. You are a champion, as always! I was actually after the left margin, right margin etc, rather than the corner points. Does that make it easier or harder? Peacemaker67 (talk) 09:29, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
You can work them out, but to make it easy here they are :) Left 18.79, Right 23.21, Top 46.46, Bottom 42.41. XrysD (talk) 10:07, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for that, I expect they are the mid-points. Cheers again, Peacemaker67 (talk) 02:47, 2 July 2017 (UTC)
If you can give me a link to the other template (the NDH one) I'll take a look to see if I've given you the right info! XrysD (talk) 08:13, 2 July 2017 (UTC)
w:Template:Location map NDH is the one. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (talk) 02:42, 9 July 2017 (UTC)
Ah, OK that makes sense now! The values I gave you above for Left, Right, Top, Bottom are the correct ones. XrysD (talk) 08:18, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

Imperial Japan and British India Maps[edit]

Hi. I have been following your map making progress for a while. I am the one who asked for the 1974 England, Wales and Scotland maps and the 1898 Ireland map. I have now been impressed with your pre- and WWII era maps, such as Poland. I wonder when you will do maps of Imperial Japan (its prefectures and divisions, both English and Japanese language maps like what you did with the WWII maps of Europe), Korea under Japanese rule, Manchukuo, etc. And I hope you are going to do maps of British India. Thank you! You are the bomb! RickyK777 (talk) 00:03, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

Hi Ricky, yes I remember you :) Thanks for your kind words, it's always nice to get appreciation! I have already started on British India with the map of Burma Province. I plan to gradually do the rest of British India ending with a complete map. I would like to do Imperial Japan too, but I have struggled to find decent quality source maps to work from. These are likely to be Japanese language based which makes them hard to search for, though not impossible! And I haven't forgotten the rest of the English county maps, but they are still on the back burner for the moment. XrysD (talk) 08:20, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
Thank you very much. I am looking forward to the rest of British India. Hope you have good luck working on Imperial Japan as well! And sorry to tell you, I hope to see maps of Austria-Hungary and Weimar Germany as well. Also, I just found out that the current prefectures haven't changed at all since 1886, the exceptions being Tokyo Prefecture (Tokyo-Fu) being changed to Tokyo Metropolis (Tokyo-To) in 1943 and Karafuto Prefecture (Southern Sakhalin) being lost to Soviet control after WWII, as well as the US administering the Ryukyu Islands after WWII, after which they went back to being under Japanese rule. So, it looks like it is possible to make Imperial Japan Maps after all. My idea for the maps of Imperial Japan is to make individual maps of Japan proper (plus Karafuto and Okinawa prefectures), Japanese Korea, Japanese Taiwan, and Manchukuo. Hope I gave you some helpful knowledge! RickyK777 (talk) 23:45, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

Re: Your kind email to me[edit]

Dear XryD, sometimes all you need to get even better in what you do is a second pair of eyes. I've dealt with similar challenges before; when my own colour adjustments to maps in Commons; i.e. little improvements requested in English Wikipedia by users with colour vision impairment were reverted by original uploaders overly possessive of their own work, beyond what (in my humble opinion) was nothing more than reasonable replies to problems alerted. If you're an artist like myself, you sure can understand. I will not edit war about the revert because of your kind email, but you did not disclose the source of the colour key which can be claimed by Bartholomew UK as part of the original copyright. We should not be doing this regardless of how poor the result might be. In the thumbnail reduction, the File:PolishRepublicAdminMap1939.png is unnecessarily dark and flat. Some of the provinces are totally indistinguishable from the background which is a challenge for people with disabilities. Yours, Poeticbent talk 17:05, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

Hi Poeticbent. Thanks for your considerate reply and for not edit warring. You make some very good points about map legibility, it is very important and one mustn't exclude people with visual problems by making things over-difficult. I have changed font style and size in relation to this to improve clarity based on user comments, but have mostly stuck to the colours set for the reasons I gave you. The other point you make about possible copyright issues for the colours is well made and not something I had considered before. There are the Wiki recommended map colours, but they are geographical feature based and so don't really apply so well to detailed political maps. I'm sure there must be a way to reproduce the sound design principles of the Bartholomew colour set without directly using the exact colours. I shall do some research and see what I can come up with, and if you have any of your own thoughts/ideas about this you'd like to share I would love to hear them. XrysD (talk) 19:56, 5 August 2017 (UTC)
I looked more closely at the Wikipedia map specs and the colours come from a tool called ColorBrewer. This was created by Cindy Brewer at Penn State University and is based on her book Designing Better Maps : A Guide for GIS Users. The colours on the ColorBrewer site are a bit more extensive than those at Wikipedia but having done some experimenting today I've not been able to produce a satisfactory 6 colour gradient set to replace my existing one. So I've ordered her book to try and get to the theory behind her schemes so I can use that to create my own versions. XrysD (talk) 11:03, 6 August 2017 (UTC)
Very impressive, best of luck with your research. Face-smile.svg Poeticbent talk 20:10, 6 August 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! Face-smile.svg. XrysD (talk) 21:33, 6 August 2017 (UTC)
Here's the link to the actual discussion that might help you decide how to compose your own version:
Poeticbent talk 17:02, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the link. Yes I can see the original map would be particularly difficult if you were blue-green colourblind. Even with unimpaired colour vision though, those two colours made it difficult to distinguish at a glance between the two so your version is a huge improvement. The ColorBrewer site has a toggle to check for "colourblind safe" and all apart from the qualitative schemes are OK. So assuming I apply the same methodology to my schemes they should also be colorblind safe. XrysD (talk) 12:30, 9 August 2017 (UTC)
I've now read the book and done some additional research through some of the references and I feel I've got a better understanding of the issues now. It was clear that my original colour set while pleasing was lacking in clarity, especially with reduced size images (as you mentioned). The ColorBrewer system itself seems the best approach as it is designed for maps and doesn't have copyright issues like all commercial swatch systems (e.g. Pantone or Munsell). It has a systematic approach to creating colour sets with perceptually equal colour distance and also provides example sets based on this. So using the sets as published on ColorBrewer and the principles I have created a new set of map colours that have the same general palette pairs as the old one (brown/orange, pink/purple, yellow green/blue green). I've redone the two recent Poland maps 1930, 1939 in the new scheme to see how this is received in general. If successful then I will create any new maps in this scheme and update my older ones as I get the chance. If you get a chance to look, your opinion would be valued Face-smile.svg XrysD (talk) 11:05, 13 August 2017 (UTC)
Thanks XrysD. I really like File:PolishRepublicAdminMap1939.png. The other one is way too bright and fiery for my taste. I think you could also use the same color scheme for both of them. Cheers, Poeticbent talk 03:38, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, I like the green 1939 map colours too. I was a bit dubious about the orange 1930 version for the same reason you are - the colours are too saturated and it hurts the eyes rather! The orange scheme is directly from Colorbrewer, but my green one I adapted from their GREENS scheme so I think I will have a tweak of the orange scheme as well. I need a multi-hue system for the more complex maps and I still want the 1930 map to be a different colour from 1939 as it provides a nice contrast and clearly differentiates between the two. Thanks for your feedback on the maps it's very helpful in refining the scheme. XrysD TALK 13:07, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

French Indochina and British Burma[edit]

Your maps on French Indochina and British Burma are great! I am now looking forward to the rest of British India. Hope you also do British Hong Kong.Sorry for asking you about the Imperial Japan map. You are the best. RickyK777 (talk) 03:38, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

Thanks again Ricky, your appreciation is always valued! XrysD (talk) 11:07, 13 August 2017 (UTC)


Hey enjoying your superb county maps. Do you have any plans to do Buckinghamshire? 19th or 20th century? Would love to see my home area given that treatment! Thanks! 23:22, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for the kind words! I do have good source material for Bucks so could do it fairly easily. Will see what I can do :) XrysD TALK 19:27, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
It's done :) Buckinghamshire 1832 XrysD TALK 20:21, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

Bengal Presidency[edit]

Hello, your map of the Bengal Presidency is a fine work, do you think you’ll go on with the others? Gherkinmad (talk) 03:25, 19 February 2018 (UTC)