Deeds, Patents and Surveys all tell a different story. It stands to reason that they all use a different language. Understanding the terminology used in each is an absolute must if you chose to reference your ancestors property on a map or visit it in person on the ground.
In this presentation I will discuss:
Deeds, Patents, Surveys: the differences
Boilerplate language: an overview of the basics
Legal land descriptions: Rectangular Survey vs Metes and Bounds
Cardinal direction vs survey direction: a look at declination (three different north angles) and how directions are written from compass direction.
Placing land descriptions and surveys on modern maps
Repositories: Where to find property descriptions and surveys