Cheri Ramos February 22, 2021 Map
Since the early days of humanity, people have created maps. At the beginning very simple, and later more and more complex. A map is a simplified depiction of a space which highlights relations between components (objects, regions) of that space. Most usually a map is a two-dimensional, geometrically accurate representation of a three-dimensional space; e.g., a geographical map. More generally, maps can be devised to represent any local property of the world or part of it, or any other space, such as the brain. Map-making dates back to the Stone Age and appears to predate written language by several millennia. One of the oldest surviving maps is painted on a wall of the Catal Huyuk settlement in south-central Anatolia (now Turkey); it dates from about 6200 BC. One who makes maps professionally or privately is called a cartographer.
In the course of researching an old building, your home or an ancestors house, maps can provide some additional and interesting information about the building and its neighborhood. They show details in ways not examined by other sources, and can often provide leads for further exploration. Atlases and Maps Atlases and maps provide a visual history of an area. While a map is usually just one sheet of paper, an atlas is generally a bound collection of maps, charts, plates or tables. Historical city and county maps and atlases may show your home on them, and perhaps even list the owners name as well. These maps often show the location of roads and other landmarks that may no longer exist. You might find these at city hall, county courthouses or local libraries or archives.
Interactive map making software usually supports custom definable regions, areas and location points. Users can select pre-designed flash map templates, and easily change color settings of countries or counties, and pinpoint locations on the map by using pushpin buttons or icons. A hover over tooltip box can be displayed with your own text, images, with links to another web page, PDF documents, or sites on the World Wide Web. As the main purpose of these maps are for navigation or data representation purpose, geographical details such as highways, buildings, rivers are not always necessary, which makes the map cleaner and easier to navigate by visitors. With few click-through on the national, state or county map, visitors can quickly find information or be redirected to specific page about a particular location on the map image.
Years ago, people looking for antique maps would often have to wait around for opportunities to find them. They may have had to wait for their vacation periods in order to find the time to travel to find them at different famous shopping outlets or antique stores. Many collectors have gone to antique stores all over the world looking for the artifacts that they found interesting. Today, finding old maps is easier than ever before due to the availability of online shopping opportunities. There are entire websites devoted to locating old maps and selling the ones that are available. Old world map enthusiasts should spend some time searching for what theyre looking for online, and they should be on their way to getting the sort of ancient maps theyve always wanted.
Some libraries carry the Sanborn maps on microfilm. Look up your property on the various maps and check for any existing house and outbuildings, such as a garage, shed or barn. The house number will be located at the front edge of the lot. Make note of the number as it was not unusual for the house number, or even street name, to change over the years. If you can find your property on a succession of maps, you can see how it changed over time. The fire insurance maps were updated somewhat irregularly, based upon the likelihood that enough had changed to make possible the sale of updated maps. However, when found, they can offer proof of the existence of your home and represent a unique snapshot of the community. Looking at maps can provide you with a unique perspective about the property you are researching, and can often offer new leads in your search for who lived in your home. Whenever you are at a library, government center or historical society, ask about the maps and atlases that are held in their collections.
Maps of places give details as to the geographic location, physical characteristics, climate profile, vegetative structure, flora and fauna, soil structure, latitude and longitude, etc. Over the years, these maps were used in schools and colleges, offices and in houses for the purpose of education and/or reference. These maps used to be in paper-printed two-dimensional formats. Now three-dimensional, interactive or dynamic maps represent more accurate and up-to-date information. The art and science of map-making is called cartography. Maps are created representing political, geographical and other particular aspects. Most of the maps are drawn on a scale, say 1: 10,000, meaning that one unit of measurement on the map represents 10,000 units on the land. Maps depicting land areas are called political maps or physical maps. Political maps show land boundaries or territorial boarders between states and provinces, say those between India and China or Maharashtra and Gujarat. Physical maps depict geographical features such as terrain structure, mountains, deserts, plateaus, rivers, land under use, etc.