Once you have chosen your place, one of the first things you will want to do is to get a feel for it. One of the best ways to do that is to walk your place and see it through an explorer’s eyes. Like any good explorer, have you drawn a map of your place and plotted the various features? Have you included the location of the churches, schools, homes, parks, and businesses? In addition to those bricks and mortar places, are there interesting and/or important landscape features or monuments that you should include on your map? Could someone take your map and retrace your steps? Would they find important features you missed? Have the features changed over time? Can you gather these changes from photographs or earlier maps or directories and perhaps make layers for your map? How do you plan to put together the map of your community or place, whether it is a street, a village or a town?
Whether you map your place by yourself or, even better, with a group of like-minded researchers, it is best to learn some best practices and then have a plan of action. Our March Hangout-on-Air will provide you with an introduction to community mapping. Additionally we will discuss tips, suggestions, and links so you can get started with this aspect of your one-place study. We hope you can join us live on Friday, March 28th in the Google+ Community (have you responded to your Event invitation?).
If you would like to be “in the room,” please respond YES or MAYBE and post a comment that you would like to be “in the room” as a JOINer (we have room for 10 people). Otherwise you can watch live as a VIEWer either at the Community or at our YouTube Channel. Once the broadcast starts, you can click the play arrow and watch live. If you are unable to JOIN or VIEW live, remember that we record and archive our monthly hangouts. You can watch any of our archived hangouts at our YouTube Channel. Please join us as we learn how to make our own treasure maps with Community Mapping!