- I first created a legend for the map. I determined which surnames I wanted to map and chose a color for each one. Under each surname, I listed the addresses chronologically. I used a city directory street guide to determine which cross-streets an address was between.
- Working from the legend, I marked each address on the map with a dot. For this job, I thought it would be pretty easy to use a period from large heavy font (I chose Bauhaus 93) at the 72-point size. I changed the color of the font as needed to match the dots to the surnames on my legend. (If I had put each color, i.e. each surname, on a separate layer, I could later drop out unnecessary dots if I want to feature, say, only the Hauer addresses, by making a layer temporarily invisible. I forgot to do it that way, though, so all my dots are on the same layer, darn it.)
- I saved the map as a Paint Shop Pro file, thus maintaining the ability to make adjustments to the map later if I so desire. I also saved a separate copy as a JPG file. Below is a detail from the map, along with a quick-&-dirty screen shot of the legend. It's a work in progress!
Meanwhile, here's the map I used. It's a fairly large file (7.1MB) and measures 6563 x 5033 pixels. I looked into getting it printed and it would be in the $50-60 price range for a size about 3' x 4'. The printer wasn't sure it would print clearly, nor was he sure the street names would be large enough to read. However, I tried printing a section blown up to about the right size and found that the street names were legible, albeit tiny. My original idea was to tack the enlarged map to a bulletin board and mark all my significant places with little flags, but I couldn't bear the thought of poking holes in a $60 map, so I told the printer I'd reconsider printing after I've marked my significant places right on the map. (I do hope his estimate was for a color print!)
To download the map for your own use, right-click and select View Image, then right-click again and choose Save Image As and navigate to the folder where you want to save it. (No, my ancestors' homes are not marked on this copy!)