Ok, I have about ten maps that connect along their edges to each other linking rivers and properties. When I link them all in Inkscape I end up with a large file that won't save (and a smaller one with 5 of the properties saves but is too big and slow in QGIS).
So I am thinking that I will load them, about three linked together at a time, into QGIS and create my shapefiles. Is it possible in QGIS to then merge/link the shapefiles along their edges so that the rivers and properties line up and create one large shapefile? additionally, is it possible to then take this large shapefile and georeference it to a base map or can that only be done with rasters?