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First has DeedMapper come out with any upgrades? I have version 3.0, build 25 is that the latest?
I am currently using a civil war map scanned as a jpg image to place my Virginia patents on. What I did to get the correct scale was to create a square plot using the older "poles & rods" measurements to equal a square mile plot. I then scaled the jpg map by changing the data in the "feet/inch" box on the "View Options" tab. I kept changing this number until the one mile square plot I created fit the maps legend for one statue mile.
When I check the "Table View" on the main menu my area column for that plot shows 10,890 acres, again all of the other patents I have entered are pretty close to the correct acreage. The other issue is that when "Area" is selected in the "Display" pull down menu it does not display on any patents when selected.
Any help would be appreciated.
In response to James McConnell's database query and Steve's further query on
how a database can be used, I would recommend that a simple Excel based
database/spreadsheet be used as a starting place. You can use the Listview
function to create a tab-delimited text file (Steve can explain the steps,
which involve the .prn function) which can be imported into Excel and
manipulated there by adding additional columns (i.e. Neighbors listed in the
"adj" column can become "Neighbor 1, Neighbor 2 etc. and alphabetical sorts
can show the resulting connections to other deeds). I have added columns
that show cross-references from a particular grantee to later deeds,
genealogical data such as noting marriages between neighbors etc., divisions
of property mentioned in wills etc. My recollection is that database
programs such as Access or Filemaker can also import tab-delimited text, but
I am not positive about that. The key thing though is to try to avoid having
to reenter into the database the same information that has already been
entered into Deedmapper, and using listview is the only way I know to do