Message text written by CBStark:
In a message dated 10/29/2000 11:10:11 PM Central Standard Time,
Do you or anyone else think it would be worthwhile for me to
a copy of Deedmapper, obtain deed documents and plot my Sullivan Co.,
TN deeds? Is there a long learning curve with this software? How
much and where do I get it?
I hope these questions will be answered on the list because I, too, am
lurking to see if this program is something I can handle. I'm beginning to
***Unsolicited Testimonial from a long-time happy user***
Without getting long-winded about this, I'll say that
(a) a map of the lands of (and in the neighborhood of) one's ancestors can
be about as illuminating a genealogical product as anyone could want. It
often exposes either answers or clues as to the relationships between
neighbors hinted at in other records, and helps to reinforce guesses or
speculations about all manner of things.
(b) DeedMapper is without question the simplest and most powerful software
available to average genealogists to develop such maps.
(c) I've witnessed a number of people with no experience in mapping start
from nothing and rapidly get up to complete speed in DM. It's not
completely painless - what is? - but there's nothing magic, mysterious or
overwhelming about it. It's very straightforward and logical.
(d) The on-line tutorial is a fine aid to getting on board.
(e) My observation is that almost anyone "can handle" DM, and soon be
proudly sporting a self-generated map that adds new dimensions to any
project in which land records play a part.
So I'd say it all depends on you! If you can use a tract map in your
research and no one has been kind enough to make one for you already, DM is
- IMHO - the least-expensive, easiest-to-use and best tool to get it.