Monday, September 25, 2006

Taishan maps

Administrative maps can help identify where records of a more local nature may exist, such as trial briefs and land title deeds. Tourist maps should show the major roads and identify the attractions. Those attractions like temples and cemeteries may have useful records, and certainly do have useful inscriptions. Topographical maps will show mountains, rivers, valleys, towns and villages, which can suggest market towns, routes and neighbours, all vital clues to relevant records. Historical maps may help explain life in your ancestral village by the type of streams, roads, towns and villages recorded. Be careful of their details, as they owe more to dead-reckoning by missionaries, tourists and self-serving civil servants than to accurate surveys by professional cartographers.

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