Thanks for the suggestions -- that's kinda what I've been doing <g>. The
LC will be helpful, though... I've been putting a comment (preceded by !)
just before each LN entry in the text instead of [est] within the line.
At 09:47 PM 5/23/01 -0400, you wrote:
"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 in a
> 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
> 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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