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I also have Deed Mapper. It is very good. The author always has a booth at
the major genealogical conferences, and I purchased it after talking to him
at several conferences and attending a conference session on mapping tools
in general. I think I have a tape of that session if you want to borrow it.
I used DeedMapper to plot the Philip Benner deeds for the township book.
It's about $100. You can also purchase geo-survey maps from the same folks,
which you can then superimpose the plots onto (they can get expensive if
you want several). You can scan in the same maps yourself, although it
apparently gets a bit dicey if you can't set the resolution, etc within
Deed Mapper. I haven't used it for awhile, but there is also a list for
You might want to surbscribe and lurk for awhile. It's a complex program,
and I still find it a bit confusing to enter a deed if I haven't done one
for awhile. I have it on my desktop machine, but I could put it on the
laptop if you want to play with it sometime in the library while you are on
break. Let me know.
Have a great new year!
At 03:40 PM 12/26/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>What deed mapping software do you use? I still have the Black Oak Mapper
>but it will no longer work with my new Canon printer. Also, since it is
>DOS based it won't work with my Windows XP Laptop. I'm hoping to get a
>new desktop next year with XP and a flat-screen (probably by next Dec.) so
>it won't work on that either.
>I just wondered if you have come across anything else that you
>recommend. I see Black Oak is working on a Windows version (per the
>website, don't know when that was posted) and I left my email with their
>list to be notified. In looking around, I see that there are programs
>priced from the moderate ($49) to the very expensive ($500+). If you have
>any experience with any of these, let me know what you think.
>In the meantime I guess I'll have to use the web-based platter at
><http://www.genealogytools.net/deeds/> which is not bad for an online
>freebie. I found it some time ago.
>I've spent a few days gathering up the deed records for my Jacob and
>Elizabeth (Kern) Harter and have enough here to trace the property from
>when they bought the farm in Marion Twp., in 1835, down to present-day
>owners. It has been split a couple of times. Now I just need to put it
>all together! I also have copies of 1969 and 1980 plats of the area from
>the library which will come in handy shortly when I get some maps drawn up.
Marie Robinson wrote:
>Has anyone figured out how to create a printout other than the method of
>exporting the table view by printing to file? That has worked well for me
>so far, but what is cut off in a column in table view, for instance, is cut
>off when the prn file is saved in Word. Has anyone figured out how to merge
>the fields in the program's database into a table format or Excel? I would
>like to create a report that is sortable as it is in the program, but
>contains all of the information in a particular field. It takes a lot of
>work to convert the information in a prn file to table format.
Have you tried using Printer Setup and choosing the Landscape
Orientation? This would prevent the truncation at least. You may also
want to choose legal size paper (or whatever).
When I tried this and selected to print to file, the resulting *.PRN file
turned out to be some (v4? ) version of the Adobe PDF format. I can open
the file in the Adobe Acrobat (v5.0) program although I do get some errors
which seem to be more harassments than any real problem.
As for taking the table to Excel or some other program, I don't think there
is a provision for this in the current version. If you have the Adobe
program (not just the Reader), you may be able to convert the file to text,
but it will probably take some work. Also there a couple of utility
programs available (try Google or some other search engine) that will do
the same thing (e.g., convert a PDF file to a text or word processing file).
Hope this helps -
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