On 23 Jul 2004 at 7:45, William B Clark wrote:
It appears that the numbers like 5- are the numbered points along \
the border where the direction changes.
Figured that one out already. :-)
As long as you have a direction and distance for each point, then
DeedMapper will draw the figure. If you are missing one or the other
for any point, DeedMapper doesn't know where the next point so it
truncates the drawing, There are ways to get around this, but it
takes some tedious fussing with the data to do it.
I think that will be a problem as I go back in time where they say so
many feet to a tree or a rock on the bank of the Delaware river or
something similar. But I guess I'll worry about that when I get to it. I
really would like to 'paint' the original farm lands and owners of our city
as the place is only 1/2 square mile big and it should be doable.
I gather that the trick is to have accurate directional degrees on a
property description but the program permits entry of "North 85
degrees 10 Minutes West" even though I don't understand what that
means? I guess it says in a general northwesterly direction, right?
I don't know what to do about streets, but I see no reason why
couldn't import a street map into DeedMapper.
The problem is which streets? Even recent property descriptions talk
about a street which never really existed except as a sort of carriage
route into the back of the properties. That street ran through my
property and there is a mention of a right of way for others to get
through. Today it's my boundary and I removed an iron fence with a
big gate in it a few years ago because a tree had surrounded the gate.
:-) The gate proved that 'something' was back there for carriages to
Maybe it doesn't even matter as all measurements are from the center
of only two streets and I can manually enter their curb lines.
If you have a GPS or a friend who has one, you could get one of the
points in Lat/Long coordinates and start from that point in DeedMapper
too. Then you wouldn't need a street map.
Well, if I'm going to spend $99 just to draw my property lines through
the ages, I think I can also buy a GPS system if it will help. How would
this work? I just stand in the center of two intersecting streets and get
a location reading and draw everything else relevant to that?
Exactly what does that do for me? I mean no latitudes/longitudes are
ever mentioned anywhere and I know where my property is.
This is all very new to me but I do want to learn.
PS I have another question. Does deeding a property back and forth
make any sense to anyone. It seems that in 1950 my place was sold
(deeded) and bought right back again on the same date and time.
Doesn't make a bit of sense to me as to why anyone would do that.
26 Warren St.
Beverly, NJ 08010
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