"When in doubt, go Northeast 50 poles".
Ln NE; 50p; [est]
The [est] is to remind you that the line is just a guess.
If you have more than one line like this, sprinkle a few NW, SE, etc.
You'll get a plat. It will certainly be wrong. Use Display>>Lines to
see which line(s) need their direction changed to make a reasonable
shape. Then Display>>Area to see your estimated lines are too short or
long. Adjust accordingly.
By the way, you can also use the little-used Lc instead of Ln. It will
cause the line to be drawn dashed, a graphic reminder that the line is
----- Original Message -----
From: "Billie R. McNamara" <billie(a)tnhillbillie.net>
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2001 9:08 PM
I'm working on a project to map all parcels owned by one family
before 1860. In order to do this, I've got to overcome an
algebraic/geometric hurdle: some of the deeds say, for example, 20 acres
of land with only two complete sides described. The others say "north to
the sassafras on John Smith's line." I'm only running into this on less
than a dozen deeds so far, but it's exasperating...
I could brush off my math skills, but it would take me forever. I need
someone who's already got the skills to help with this so I can get the
project completed. A professional probably has software or a formula that
can back-solve the equation.
Does anybody know of a surveyor/civil engineer who would be willing to
donate a few minutes to giving me a refresher? Or, is there a way to do
that some on this list have figured out?
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