You are definitely correct about the print function being very poorly
designed on this CD. However, if you have Microsoft Access, there is a
workaround. Go to the plats installation folder and look for the MDB file.
The data is unencrypted so you can view the raw data with no problems. You
can then format and print the data as you like, either using Access or
exporting your queries to Excel.
There are two things to remember about this CD. First, it has plats through
1866. Headright grants continued to be issued through 1909 in Georgia so
plats from 1866 to 1909 are not on the CD. Second, this is a *transcription
of the headright plats index* that was created in the early 1900s and is on
microfilm. There are many errors in the original index which naturally
appear in the CD. The CD index was not made by looking at the actual plats.
Paul K. Graham
From: William B Clark [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 8:13 AM
Subject: [DMU] GA Land Grants: New Source
The good news is that Mary H. Abbe's Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat
Index 1735-1866 is a CD that contains a user friendly searchable data base.
"The index lists the name of the person for whom the land was surveyed, the
number of acres, watercourses if any, the year of the survey, the plat
volume and page number in which the plat is recorded."
You can do a basic search by name and/or year, but the advanced search
feature allows you to search on any combination of 9 different features.
Once the search results are displayed you can sort them by clicking on any
of the column headings to get, say, an alphabetical sort by surname, or by
watercourse, or by plat book if you wanted to find and print out those plats
from the archives' microfilm with a minimum of film reel changes.
The bad news is that it has a print function that is essentially useless--it
will not print a whole line nor will it print a whole page.
You have to print in sections, much like "print screen" but not as useful.
We can only hope that there will be a future fix to this vexing glitch that
severely reduces the usefulness of this otherwise excellent product. In the
meantime you may find it easier to write down the info.
The CD is available from the gift shop at the Georgia Archives for about
$25, or you can order it from the Georgia Genealogical Society. Get an
order form from the Society's web site at www.gagensociety.org
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