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Fact Sheet 154–99

Historical Mapping

By U.S. Geological Survey

Archived Publication—Most of the information contained in this publication is no longer current and is not expected to be updated.

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Maps become out of date over time. Maps that are out of date, however, can be useful to historians, attorneys, environmentalists, genealogists, and others interested in researching the background of a particular area. Local historians can compare a series of maps of the same area compiled over a long period of time to learn how the area developed. A succession of such maps can provide a vivid picture of how a place changed over time.

First posted November 1999

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U.S. Geological Survey, 1999, Historical mapping: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 154–99, 2 p., available only online at

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