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Land Descriptions

February 9, 2017

I know that several folks out there are really wanting to know more about plotting land descriptions and such, so I guess today is as good a day as any to begin this journey. What I know is self-taught, so I will do the best that I can with the knowledge that I have, but as always welcome input. I have saved a handy glossary of measurement terms in the continuing educations folder so that everyone can access it.

According to the LIT course “A comprehensive treatment of land descriptions would require excursions into astronomy, geography, geodesy, geometry, trigonometry, photogrammetry, terrestrial coordinated, land surveying measurement systems, geophysics, cartography, systems of descriptions, cadastres and economic, cultural and societal effects.” WTH!!! All I want to know is how to figure out if two pieces of property are related to each other, do I really need to know about cadastres, whatever that is?

Word of the day-cadastre [kəˈdasˌtər] NOUN a register of property showing the extent, value, and ownership of land for taxation.

I guess those GIS maps that we use in the Assessor office would qualify as a cadastre, who knew?