DeedMapper is most helpful for "metes and bounds" boundaries of land. Arizona
uses the "rectangular survey
system" with "township/range" and subdivisions, which are on a (generally)
90 degree angle squared
system, identified in "sections" and subdivisions of same.
I'm not too clear on how Deedmapper would help you in placing these -- not that you
can't, because people
have, but a basic map with the land survey grid will do you quite as well.
For a good description, the General Land Office Primer, go to:
Here's a "quick sheet" I use also:
With the land descriptions, from the original land records, or any subsequent deed
changes, you can easily
plot the land on a map that has the meridians and townships marked on it.
You can go down to the Bureau of Land Management office and get a map with the township
system marked on
it, and perhaps they will have it on a CD, or you can go to:
which will allow you to type in a location description (I used Anita Peak) in Cochise
County, and get
several maps which have the ranges and twps marked. Some are better than others, so I
don't recommend them
unless you have no other choice.
Somewhere I had a URL for a set of maps that were, I think, for Oregon, but which were
part of a larger
system, and may have included Arizona. I don't recall where it was, perhaps someone
Here is some interesting information as well:
I'm not sure what costs you reference in your e-mail. Unless Cochise is very different
from Pima, all you
have to do is go to the Co. Recorders office, look up a parcel, and copy down the legal
description of the
property. If not that, make a copy on the copy machine? In Pima, we can look all this up
on the web, but
I don't see where Cochise has that option.
They, by the way, probably have lovely plat maps, going back to Territorial days, which
will provide you
with much information.
Let us know what you are researching (modern or historic? Specific or area?) -- maybe we
Pat (in Tucson)
|From: David Morgan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
|Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2006 13:37
|Subject: [DMU] AZ Property records
|While trying to learn more about deeds and deed restrictions in AZ I
|stumbled across the DeedMapper website and ROOTSWEB.
|I am interested in 'playing with' the software to see how we
|might use it in
|news research and in print and web publications.
|I am really only interested in maps, deed, etc related to
|AZ. I have found information (in any form) difficult and/or
|obtain from the County Assessor and Recorder's offices.
|I would be most interested to hear your ideas and suggestions.
|David M Morgan
|the COCHISE COUNTY RECORD
|PO Box 1725
|Sierra Vista, AZ 85636-1725 (USA)
|(520) 417-0154 or Cell (520) 236-4051
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