Does anyone know if it is possible to use deedmapper to plot a
There seems to be some cautionary language on the website about using it for
legal property research that isn't quite clear enough on if this is
would simply want to plot graves in relation to each other. (More accurately
gravestones in relation to one another. Has anyone tried this? Thanks.
DM is based on the metes and bounds system which tends to allow almost any
system of land description and measurement. While I have not seen DM used
for plotting cemeteries I see no reason why it cannot be used.
Depending on the cemetery, the cemetery may be divided into lots having one
or many graves. These may often be placed in somewhat random patterns
depending on how many graves are in one lot and how many persons are buried
there and in what order they died. For example, you may have a lot that
may be large enough for nine graves but only have five or six graves
perhaps arranged more or less like a five spot playing card, The remaining
spaces would never be used. Or a lot may contain nine graves and you may
find ten persons buried there.
Newer cemeteries tend to have graves arranged in rows which have been dug
and prepared prior to sale. Thus these would be easiest to plot in that
all you would need is the site information for one and the measurement
between grave and how many in a row.
Still, in most cases, you can probably start with one grave or lot and
fairly easily plot the remainder on that regardless of how the cemetery is
arranged. The end result may be off slightly, but not by much. There
should not be much difference than trying to plot out a sub-division
created from an ancestor's land patent. Actually, it would probably be easier.
Hope this helps -
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