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I finally got DeedMapper on Monday and have thoroughly enjoyed building my
map. After a lot of playing, I have become comfortable with pretty much
every aspect of the program, except for the Possible Neighbors filter. That
filter has completely frustrated me.
My bottom line question is, what is the algorithm used by the Possible
Neighbors filter? I am mapping Georgia headright grants, most of which
include the names of adjoining warrantees, grantees, or owners. In my
abstracts, I have listed all the names, separated by commas, in the Adj
abstract line, and I have included the names of each adjoining person with
the appropriate lines in the actual legal description. See an example of my
With this example, I have abstracted the plats of Samuel Jordan and John
King as well. When I click on Hugh Eager's plat, and change the filter to
Possible Neighbors, every plat except Eager's disappears. I cannot get
Samuel Jordan and John King's plats to show up.
Can someone please tell me what the software is looking for when it tries to
make a match? I would expect it to look for single word matches for at least
Jordan and King, or Saml., Jordan and King. Is it also looking for matching
bearings? No matter what I try, I can't get the Possible Neighbors filter to
grab any adjoining plats, even the ones where I have standardized the
spelling and placed the plats right beside each other.
What am I doing wrong?
Typ Headright Plat
Dat 10 Oct 1785
Frm State of Georgia
To Hugh Eager
Re 200a on Wells Creek and Branch of Wells Creek
Adj Vacant, King, King, Saml. Jordan, Saml. Jordan, Saml. Jordan
Pt B. Jack on Branch of Wells Creek
Ln s75w; 40.00c; Vacant
Ln s15e; 45.00c; King
Ln n75e; 50.00c; King
Pt P. Oak
Ln n73w; 9c; Saml. Jordan
Ln n15w; 11.00c; Saml. Jordan
Pt Hickory on Wells Creek
Ln ;; following meanders of Wells Creek and Branch of Wells Creek: Saml.
Question from a "gross beginner." The Deed-Mapper topo map for my area
does not have any of the roads or streams identified. I am puzzled about
how to place the plat. I can identify the correct area on a standard
I have a small start on plats around Little Reed Island Creek.
Quoting Marty Hiatt <martyhiatt(a)starpower.net>:
> Has anyone platted early deeds and/or grants from Montgomery, or
> Botetourt counties in Virginia?
> Ms. Marty Hiatt, CGRS
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> love and respect your work." John Morris
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Has anyone platted early deeds and/or grants from Montgomery, or Botetourt counties in Virginia?
Ms. Marty Hiatt, CGRS
"Document what you find, listen to what you are told, and especially, love and respect your work." John Morris
CGRS is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists,
used under license after periodic evaluations by the Board.
Dennis is traveling these days, but asked me if I could get him the Campbell
and Charlotte border map files.
If we have computer labs are you interested in doing a DeedMapper workshop
in Nashville at NGS?
Thanks everyone for your comments. My project involves plotting every state
grant and deed for a militia district for 50 years, so maybe by paying
attention to any changes in legal descriptions I can determine how much to
rotate plats (if at all).
I just looked at the sites I found, and the historic declination site is
DeedMapper's site! http://users.rcn.com/deeds/decl.htm
The 20th Century calculator is from NOAA and is at
From: William Doyle [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2004 3:06 PM
Subject: RE: [DMU] Determining and Using Magnetic Declination
I would be very interested in the URL of the web site you found with
magnetic variation in each decade of early state's modern capitols.
I looked for but did not find such information for North Carolina in the
period 1760 - 1810. I was able to get a fix on magnetic north in 1790s from
the directional description of one property line that was common to the
Orange County Line. If you have a metes and bounds description for a
property that has a line in common with a County, Town or State Line you
should be able to calculate the magnetic declination for the date when that
metes and bounds was written.
I am piecing together the land owners in an East Georgia militia district
and wanted to find out more about the impact of magnetic declination when
plotting a map like this.
First, how do I determine the approximate magnetic variation for my area
during the years 1783-1823? I found a government website that calculates for
the years 1900-current, and I found one site that has values for each decade
in each early state's modern capitol, including Atlanta. Unfortunately, none
of the state grants during this period include magnetic variation values.
Second, if I am able to reconstruct historical magnetic declination values,
are there any pitfalls I should be aware of when using them to adjust the
orientation of my plots? Is it as simple as just rotating the plot a certain
number of degrees?