I am working on a project, that shows a list of German institutes financed by a treaty in the year 1949. Therefore I need to work with an historical map of this year, which I have. How can I upload this map into QGIS?

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    Which data type does your map have? What happens when you drag&drop it into QGIS?
    – Erik
    Jul 1, 2020 at 11:21
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    – Ian Turton
    Jul 1, 2020 at 12:21
  • Can you post a image of (a section) of the map? It will be important to try to figure out the map projection (which may or may not be explicitly listed on the map in enough detail), and also decide whether you georeference specific points on the map, or have a grid you use instead.
    – Houska
    Jul 1, 2020 at 18:28

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I am guessing a map from 1949 is paper. Scan it and use Raster > Georeferncer to import it and align it to the other data you are using. (Load Open Street Map into QGIS and use it as a base to align the 1949 map)


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