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I'm an absolute beginner in map making.

I want to create digital maps with European historic borders that all have the same projection and style. All the data should be vectorized.

My idea is to have a blank digital map on which I draw the borders. To create the borders I take an existing map that shows the historic borders.

My questions:

  • Is there a collection of hgis data (freely) available so that I don't have to do it myself?

  • Is there a good tutorial for my task?

  • How do I map the map showing historic borders to the blank map?

  • How do I copy the border map? Should I use a tablet an pin a print of the map on it?

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closed as too broad by Paul, Jason Scheirer, Curlew, Fezter, BradHards Oct 28 '13 at 1:52

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

My guess as to why this question has receieved so many close-votes is that there are actually 5 or more questions here, none of which are very clear. The Q&A format of this site works best with singular, focused questions. The only question that this site can really help you with is "where can I find historic border data", which has been asked here before multiple times. – blah238 Oct 28 '13 at 1:38

the best source I know is:

you will need to use a good software like qgis

there are lots of tutorials, use google or bing or search this site

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