My e-mail provider has been really messed up the last couple of days. Sorry for all the
garbled messages it has produced. What I had tried to say was:
I use annotations extensively. My current project is an attempt to construct a Land
Ownership Map for the first generation of settlers in a 100 square mile area in the
northeastern corner of Weakley County TN. The original surveys were conducted using a
grid that was discontinued before 1850 and for which there are few good records. Even
using it, the grid located a tract only to a five mile by five mile square. Internal to
the square, identification was made using metes and bounds. Moreover, the combinations of
large scale corruption in land dealings (yes, even back then), very poor literacy even
among public officials, and a highly mobile and restless population led to many erroneous
and contested surveys. Each of my tracts or deeds is like a piece in a large jigsaw
puzzle and i use the annotations to record visually all that I know about the tract so
that I can connect the pieces when I find them.
I note neighbors where I know them, use dotted lines to indicate known corners and fence
or property line extensions, dates of transfer, Entry or grant numbers, current and prior
owners, and I use symbols (an X for example) to mark stream or known road crossings.
This makes a lot of clutter and must be edited a great deal once you know how the pieces
fit together but it does get everything into your minds eye and greatly facilitates my
puzzle solving. A draw back is that the location of the annotation is tied somewhat to
the scale of the view you were using when you created the annotation. So, when you zoom,
the annotation appears to shift somewhat. You just need to be careful and consistent.
The use of different fill colors to indicate confidence is a good idea that I haven't
used. I will try it.
Garry S Brown