I have two Excel spreadsheets I'd like to make into shapefiles, or some equivalent. I have access to ArcGIS at work and want to try using GRASS as well. I have seen the help on doing so, but only if I have Lat and Long.
What I'm trying to do is create a shapefile from an old, 1870s, map that has property owner names on them. I've warped the map and I have an Excel file that has all the names already in it. I'd like to just be able to select a name and put a point where it would be on the map.
I also have a list of cemeteries, some with coordinates, that I'd like to map out. But since not all cemeteries have been located I don't have good GPS.
My question is, can I do this? Can I just make empty Lat/Lon columns? Should I put a 0 value in each cell? Or is this not going to work at all?
edit: The maps are in no way georeferenced, they are not that well done either, at least cartographically. They are useful if you know the road name and one can get an idea of where the property used to be. There are some 6000+ properties shown, I basically wanted to remake the map to make it easier to find the properties.
is what one of the maps look like. They are all for one county in Maryland. I already have the county outline, roads and other features. I also have a spreadsheet with all the names typed out, I just didn't want to have to retype 6000 names.
2nd edit: I guess I'm confused as to why it seems so difficult, what I was hoping to be able to do is just select a name and say, place a point here. I understand that the program wants a GP, but I would have thought it was possible to add them later.
As for the maps, they do not warp well at all. They are not the type of map that was surveyed at all. When I went to warp them it didn't work out at all. It works locally, but on the whole it doesn't. The exact placement isn't the point, just a general idea of the location. So I planned on warping as best as possible and then shifting the raster map around. The roads from then pretty much match the roads now so getting a general location is easy enough. It's just I'd rather not retyp3 6000+ names if at all possible.