[APG Public List] APGPublicList Digest, Vol 12, Issue 26

James Burnett dougb81042 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 26 10:44:06 MDT 2010

Good Morning All
I must be missing something very important here. I use GPS all the time to
MARK AN AREA.  There are ALWAYS words to accompany the marker. We never do
anything in isolation do we? We give facts and then some qualifier or
descriptor accompanies it. Why do we think we would use GPS coordinates
without descriptors? Coordinators sure make it easier when using google
earth to see what an area looks like.

> Message: 3
> Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 16:33:55 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Connie Sheets <clsheets1 at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [APG Public List] place names
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> I must admit to only a general knowledge about, and frequent lack of
> attention to, GPS coordinates.? I have been operating under the assumption
> they describe a specific point on the earth, not a large area like a rural
> US township of 36 square miles.
> I can comprehend how I might want to visit the crossroads approximately one
> mile southeast of a very small village in Northwest Missouri where my
> great-great grandfather's house once stood, obtain the GPS coordinates, and
> record them for posterity with a photograph I have of the house.? I also
> understand how GPS coordinates are useful for locating cemeteries, graves
> within cemeteries, and other landmarks.
> However, if all I know about an ancestor's location is a rural township or
> county, I would be concerned that I was promoting inaccuracy if I
> arbitrarily chose (and yes, it would be arbitrary) the center of the
> township or county.
> I will continue to use standard historical place names, with a reference to
> the modern place name when necessary, for the foreseeable future.
> Connie Sheets
> Arizona
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Douglas Burnett
Satellite Beach
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