Frequently Asked Questions

What is "Map The Past"?

In a way, it's a virtual time machine. "Map The Past" lets you use your computer, iPad or even your smartphone to both record and share historic places from around the world.

Registered members can upload, map, and share historical images from any given location and time period with other users around the world.

What does a membership cost?

Nothing. "Map The Past" is free. The images on the site are contrinuted by their owners(or are free of known restrictions). We make no claims of ownership, and we do notcharge users to upload or view them.

How do you deal with mistakes with your historical data.

We rely on image uploaders to make sure their images' location and information are correct. However, we also encourage feedback from our users. If you think you see a mistake, contact us and we'll let the uploader know about it. In the future, we'll be implementing a better system for this process.

I can't find the historical location I searched for


I don't see any images for the location I searched for.

Locations and images are generally member generated. The image collection on "Map The Past" grows daily, but only because of our community members, who use their passion for history to expand the collection.

If you don't see images from a specific location, we encourage you to contact the historical society, library, museum, or other institution for that location and tell them about "Map The Past". Why Upload?

Whose images are on this site?

Anyone who wants to be. We welcome historical images from private collections to archives from libraries and historical societies. The more people who upload their images, the better the experience for the user. We also encourage users to volunteer to help their local archives by uploading (if permissible) their collections.

How does an image get uploaded?

Images can be uploaded by any registered user. It's free, fun and easy to do.

Who owns the images?

It varies from user to user. Some folks upload their own images. Some upload images with permission from archives, or upload images that are free from copyright restrictions. Before uploading images, registered members must electronically affirm that the image is either owned by them or free from restriction. As explained in our Terms Of Service, we make no claim on the copyright status. We exist only to provide an interesting historical experience.

How do I report the misue of an image on your website?

What is next for "Map The Past"?

We are hard at work in the "Map The Past" Labs on several new features that will make your experience even better, from improved search capabilities to uploader profiles plus a cool new mapping game. Stay tuned and keep checking back.