In _Cadastral Surveying in Colonial South Carolina: A Historical
Georgraphy_ by Linda Marie Pett-Conklin (Ph.D. Thesis 1986, Louisiana
State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College) at 18, 19:
the author remarks,
"Because plats normally contain little reference to physical features
that can be identified on the contemporary landscape, it would be
difficult to 'field check' the accuracy of colonial surveys." The
footnote explains, "This has been done on a small scale by M. Elmer
Parker, a researcher at the South Carolina State Archives. He first
traces ownership of an old grant to a present-day owner, then compares
the plat to outlines of modern landholdings on aerial photographs
taken for tax purposes. Accurate acreages and boundaries are known on
the tax maps and can be used to test the precision of the old plats."
She remarks that the procedure is "extremely time consuming".
However, it would be interesting to know what areas of South Carolina
have interested Mr. Parker and whether his work is available at the