Paul and Paul wrote:
I am trying to determine if this Deedmapper program is right for my
needs, and if I should purchase it. If I read their information
correctly, to make a multiple-deed plot you manually combine 2 or
more surveys along their common borders (by moving the plots in the
program). Sounds fine, but is there any way the program can do this
for you by averaging common lines that do not read the same.
As it says, _you_manually do the combining. This is a _visual_
thing. Now, some of it is derived from text in the deed itself
("...along the John Jones line...", "...corner with Jane Doe...",
etc.) as well as the lines matching up. A lot of it is just plain
judgement-calls. DeedMapper does not do the matching and can't as it
is not designed to do that.
The problem is that a great many deeds have minor errors in them --
from transcription errors to surveyors errors. Most are easy enough
to figure out, but a few are way off. It is going to take some work
to fit all those deeds together. But it can be done. There are a
number of people who have done it. At least one county in Virginia
has platted the most or all of the county based on the early land grants.
Hope this helps -
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