I also have Deed Mapper. It is very good. The author always has a booth at
the major genealogical conferences, and I purchased it after talking to him
at several conferences and attending a conference session on mapping tools
in general. I think I have a tape of that session if you want to borrow it.
I used DeedMapper to plot the Philip Benner deeds for the township book.
It's about $100. You can also purchase geo-survey maps from the same folks,
which you can then superimpose the plots onto (they can get expensive if
you want several). You can scan in the same maps yourself, although it
apparently gets a bit dicey if you can't set the resolution, etc within
Deed Mapper. I haven't used it for awhile, but there is also a list for
You might want to surbscribe and lurk for awhile. It's a complex program,
and I still find it a bit confusing to enter a deed if I haven't done one
for awhile. I have it on my desktop machine, but I could put it on the
laptop if you want to play with it sometime in the library while you are on
break. Let me know.
Have a great new year!
At 03:40 PM 12/26/2004 -0500, you wrote:
What deed mapping software do you use? I still have the Black Oak Mapper
but it will no longer work with my new Canon printer. Also, since it is
DOS based it won't work with my Windows XP Laptop. I'm hoping to get a
new desktop next year with XP and a flat-screen (probably by next Dec.) so
it won't work on that either.
I just wondered if you have come across anything else that you
recommend. I see Black Oak is working on a Windows version (per the
website, don't know when that was posted) and I left my email with their
list to be notified. In looking around, I see that there are programs
priced from the moderate ($49) to the very expensive ($500+). If you have
any experience with any of these, let me know what you think.
In the meantime I guess I'll have to use the web-based platter at
which is not bad for an online
freebie. I found it some time ago.
I've spent a few days gathering up the deed records for my Jacob and
Elizabeth (Kern) Harter and have enough here to trace the property from
when they bought the farm in Marion Twp., in 1835, down to present-day
owners. It has been split a couple of times. Now I just need to put it
all together! I also have copies of 1969 and 1980 plats of the area from
the library which will come in handy shortly when I get some maps drawn up.