Interpreting Land Records / Edition 1

Interpreting Land Records / Edition 1

by Donald A. Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471715433

ISBN-13: 9780471715436

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Wiley

The difficult task of boundary retracement begins with three substantial steps: recovering land records, determining the significance of those records, and applying the findings to conditions on the ground. Interpreting Land Records thoroughly details everything surveyors need to know to formulate sound, defendable opinions, including how courts interpret

Overview

The difficult task of boundary retracement begins with three substantial steps: recovering land records, determining the significance of those records, and applying the findings to conditions on the ground. Interpreting Land Records thoroughly details everything surveyors need to know to formulate sound, defendable opinions, including how courts interpret ambiguous words and conflicts between words in documents, and between those words and items outside the documents.

Packed with illustrative case examples accompanied by descriptions of how a retracement was performed, what the problems were, and how the surveyor resolved them, Interpreting Land Records features:

  • Practical information on records research
  • Surveying methods used in the United States over the past several hundred years—including the English system, Napoleonic Code, Mexican and Spanish land grant systems, and more
  • Two appendices providing definitions for historical words and phrases as well as how to interpret them
  • Guidance for confirming a land record with physical evidence on-site
  • Advice on using historic maps, photographs, and written documents in establishing a boundary for which official records are lost or corrupted

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471715436
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreward.

1. Introduction to Land Records.

2. Geometry of the Description.

3. Records Research: Title Search or Deed Search.

4. Rules of Construction.

5. Relative Importance of Conflicting Elements.

6. Exceptions and Reservations.

7. Words and Phrases.

8. The Use of Extrinsic Evidence.

9. Maps, Plats, Plans and Charts.

10. Pictures.

11. Document Examination.

Appendix One: Definitions of Words and Phrases.

Appendix Two: Definitions of Ancient Land Terms.

Index.

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