Review the georeferencing process and how to apply that to historic maps for use in geographic information systems (GIS), specifically using ArcGIS 10.x software. Cover the basic geoprocessing workflow and explore how to georeference raster (image) data to real-world coordinates using cultural resource examples. Learn how to georeference historic maps to vector GIS data to assist in cultural resource management.


  • Historic maps and images
  • Georeferencing process
  • Starting the process
  • Creating control points
  • Creating control points on historic maps
  • Adjusting control points
  • Choosing control points: tips
  • Rectifying the image
  • Overview of the other modules in the ArcGIS for Cultural Resources: Advanced Techniques series

Training Curriculum

30-minute, on-demand eLearning

  • 1

    Welcome Letter

    • NPI Welcome Letter

  • 2


    • Georeferencing Historic Maps: Part 1

    • Georeferencing Historic Maps: Part 2

    • Georeferencing Historic Maps: Part 3

  • 3

    Download Course Slides

    • Georeferencing Historic Maps (slide deck)

  • 4

    Download Video Transcript

    • Georeferencing Historic Maps (transcript)

  • 5

    Course Evaluation

    • NPI Evaluation



Deidre McCarthy, GISP

Deidre McCarthy, GISP, chief, Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) Facility, National Park Service; facilitates the use of GIS to manage the location, status, and condition of cultural resources.
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This training is suitable for

  • Archaeologists; architectural historians; planners; preservation architects and landscape architects;

  • Community leaders; contractors, consultants, and project managers; cultural and natural resource managers responsible for compliance requirements;

  • Facility managers of historic properties; national, statewide, and local preservation and land management organization members and staff

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ArcGIS for Cultural Resources:
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