[APG Public List] mapping and research
kohlerbj at bellsouth.net
Mon Nov 1 13:48:07 MDT 2010
Michael, there is also the aspect of your clients actually navigating to the places you have researched for them.
Bonnie Dunphy Kohler
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From: Michael Hait
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Sent: Monday, November 01, 2010 1:04 PM
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] mapping and research
I use historic maps in nearly every project. But these historic maps do not have latitude/longitude on them usually. I also use land records in nearly every project, which allows me to place the land on the maps (at least in a general sense). My point is that discovering the general location (especially when dealing with a 200-acre farm) is an important step, but pinpointing the exact longitude/latitude seems like an extraneous step that does not add anything to the research.
I look at it this way – location of a piece of land is important for the following reasons:
- records jurisdiction
- relation to topographical landmarks
- distance to county courthouses
- distance to nearest town
- location of nearest church
- identities of neighbors
- identifying possible migration routes (through relation to bodies of water, historic trails, etc)
- (and of course other more creative uses I am sure)
All of these tasks, however, can be completed using historic records and historic maps, including identifying topographical landmarks, etc. But how does taking the extra time and effort to pinpoint a precise latitude/longitude provide additional USEFUL information, not covered by the historic records/maps?
michael.hait at hotmail.com
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