After an initial discussion about the project and fees, we start with a face to face survey with our customers. This can take a few hours and we review the following:
- Subject area and size of the map.
- Interests of the family and personal events.
- Area history
- Places of interest to be noted.
- Overall tone, color scheme, and borders.
- More technical cartography elements; topography, nautical, etc.
Our customers typically share photos, other maps and family stories with us. We’ve found that the survey process is enjoyable and helps jog the memories of all involved. The Linscott team will also spend time researching the history of the area and all available topo/geosurvey, historical and road maps to insure we include relevant information.
After the initial survey meeting, there are typically a few follow up calls or emails. Depending on our backlog, the process usually takes about 3 months from initial survey to completion. Custom matting and framing, and high-quality reprints are provided at an additional cost.
All members of the Linscott Maps team use complete discretion in dealings with our clients. All information regarding the families we serve, including all contact information, is kept confidential. Once completed, the rights to the map belong to our customers.
Link here for a video of a custom map in process: Hand Drawn Map In Process