You shouldn't adjust the scale. The question is how the survey is in error.
Is the parcel too small? Too large? Maybe the survey units are not correct
(chains vs. poles). How much in error is the calculated area of the
From: "Renee via" <deed-mapper-users(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: [DMU] Scale of Map
Oh darn, no was clicking on "enable". So, now I have the
map again and it
scaled correctly. It is not working out with the deeds, though. The
cemetery is shown on the usgs map, as well as a pond referenced in the
lawsuit records - above the cemetery. According to a whole lot of
in 1910-1913, the old graveyard was a dividing line of the property. So
would I need to mess around with the scaling until it matches where the
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Broyles" <steve.broyles(a)verizon.net>
To: "Renee" <dennis.newman(a)cox.net>;
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 3:02 PM
Subject: Re: [DMU] Scale of Map
> So if we understand you correctly, you have a .JPG image file in the
> folder that contains your deed file. Using Windows Explorer you can
> verify that these two files are present together inside the same folder.
> (The number one reason people can't see a background image is because the
> image file is not in the same folder as the deed file.)
> If the deed file and image file reside together then you should start DM,
> open the deed file, and then go to View>Options>Images. Check the box to
> enable the image display. Check that you have entered 2000 ft/inch and
> 250 dots per inch. Press OK. The image should be visible in the Plot
> View. If not, use PgUp to zoom out and look around for it.
> If you still don't see the image, use Windows Explorer to examine the
> contents of the folder that houses the two files. You'll find a third
> file there called Images or Images.DAT. Delete the file and redo the
> previous paragraph.
> Let us know if you're still having no success.
> Steve Broyles
> From: "Renee via" <deed-mapper-users(a)rootsweb.com>
> Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 3:27 PM
> To: <deed-mapper-users(a)rootsweb.com>
> Subject: [DMU] Scale of Map
>> I started out with one question but now have two! Some of you may
>> remember a few years ago when I asked for help with several deeds in
>> Sampson County, NC, which were from an estate settlement and were all
>> supposed to be 272 acres but most varied, by a lot. At the time I was
>> working on them, I downloaded the usgs map and it has always since that
>> time, displayed in the background. I had fairly good knowledge of where
>> at least one parcel should be placed but the parcels in deedmapper did
>> not reach certain features on the map, that I believed they should. I
>> have recently studied a lawsuit brought over 100 years later involving
>> the land, and I was correct. The faulty surveys do not appear to be the
>> reason that the first parcel doesn't get near the feature it should, as
>> the first one I want to place, which I can now locate a fairly true
>> landmark for, was one of the ones with too much acreage, not one shorted
>> acreage. So, I thought maybe I had originally scaled the map wrong!
>> . I took it out of the deedmapper file, put it back in and added the
>> correct scale according to the directions. Now, no matter what I do,
>> map does not show up when I open deedmapper. I've tried a number of
>> So first, what would be preventing deedmapper from opening the map that
>> it has always opened? It is in the right place and nothing was changed.
>> Second if the map was scaled right to begin with, which I believe it was
>> as I had followed the directions the first time I added the map, then
>> what would be the solution on scaling? The lawsuit I mentioned and
>> much later, show that one of the corners of this parcel should be at the
>> old cemetery. I have the location of that cemetery and it would have
>> been there in 1814 when these deeds were made, as that is where James
>> Herrington (the owner of the land) was buried in 1814 - his headstone is
>> still there. Without the background map displaying now, I can't say how
>> far off it is, but it is quite a bit off.
>> Thanks for any help,
>> Renee Newman
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