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Maps, such as Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, can help genealogists better understand the cities, towns, or neighborhoods in which their ancestors lived and worked. Similarly, land ownership maps, such as Metsker atlases and plat maps, list the names of the land owners.
Historical maps such as topographs, aerials, and surveys - when combined with more recent data, such as GIS data - can help researchers chart the environmental history of a location, and/or make arguments about urban development patterns.
Historical maps (e.g. topographic maps, aerials) – when paired with historical land use statistics – can help identify and assess changes in land use, and connect those to local, regional and global changes in the natural and built environment.
Lastly, historical maps allow us to see through the eyes of those who drew them, to come a little closer to understanding and seeing the world as they saw it. Perhaps their function as time machine is what makes maps such an alluring historical resource.
It's worth noting that several map collections in SCARC's holdings appear across multiple tabs, and can be put to a wide variety of research uses. Those collections include the:
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