QGIS is a great tool, I use it to georeference aerial photos and hand drawnmaps. Georeferencing allows you to overlay a stretched and rotated version of your photo/map over an array of different maps.

QGIS can take a little while to get to grips with as it has so many features many of which will be of no interest. I reccomend taking the time to check out some tutorials ([1], [2], [3]) which should help.

While I was georeferencing I had trouble working out which features were already included on the eDoB, so I set about making a quick and dirty XYZ Tile layer. The layer shows the eDoB symbols on a transparent background, this allows you to superimpose the eDoB over any layer you like.

So if you want to add my XYZ layer you need to do the following (Adapted from link [3] above):

  1. Open a QGIS Project and navigate to the ‘XYZ Tiles’ option in the Browser panel. Right click and select ‘New connection…’
  2. In the XYZ Connection window, provide a name appropriate for the service you are connecting to e.g. ‘eDoB’, and enter the URL of the tile service (Find URL below).
  3. As it is an open service, no authentication is required so these settings should be left as default.
  4. The ‘Max. Zoom Level’ can be changed to 20 but that is up to you. Note: Markers will not be shown at zoom levels less than 10.
  5. The eDoB tiles are high definition so you can change the ‘Tile Resolution’ drop down to ‘High (512x512 / 192 DPI)’.
  6. Select Ok to establish the connection, and a new option should appear under XYZ Tiles in the Browser Panel, under the name given in the previous step. This can now be added to the project as a data layer.

Server URLs:

eDoB https://edob.mattaldred.com/map/tiles/{z}/{x}/{y}
Google Sat http://mt0.google.com/vt/lyrs=s&hl=en&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
Google Hybrid http://mt0.google.com/vt/lyrs=y&hl=en&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
OpenStreetMap https://tile.openstreetmap.org/{z}/{x}/{y}.png