Our Cartography Department has the expertise and equipment to create and provide the author, historian or researcher with historically accurate maps showing specific topographic or man-made features from any period of western history.
We are able to create maps from “metes and bounds” descriptions from historic or current property records.
What is GIS?*
Think of the analogy of an encyclopedia’s set of plastic overlays of the human body. Each GIS layer is like one plastic overlay. Where before GIS, you had to look at different paper maps, each probably at a different scale and potentially different projection, now using GIS, you can overlay all these different maps easily to find the relationships betrween the different features you are researching.
Computerized Geographic Informations Systems are useful in analyzing data about land uses, migration and settlement patterns, and trails and roadways. Aerial photographs, historic maps, and current maps can be compared using GIS techniques to determine the nature and extent of land use changes through time. A GIS-based cartographic database can be both continuous and scale free, creating a standard scale for maps and photos having different scales.
We often say “I see” to mean “I understand.” Pattern recognition is something most people excel at. There is a vast difference between seeing data in a table of rows and columns and seeing it presented in the form of a map. The difference is not simply aesthetic, it is conceptual–the way one views data has a profound effect on the connections they make and the conclusions drawn from it. GIS gives the historian the layout and drawing tools to present facts with clear, compelling documents.
*Computerized Geographic Information Systems