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05 April 2013

Encore Presentation! Platting and Locating Lands from Metes and Bounds Deeds

Saturday, May 25, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

California Genealogical Society Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, California 94612

Using deeds and other land records to assist with researching family history can help us gain a better understanding of the family, the land, and the community. Unfortunately, land records are often overlooked by beginners and by more experienced researchers.

Pam Miller is back with an encore of this popular workshop. Pam knows how the art of surveying land has changed over time and she can help you navigate this rich record set. She will simplify the "metes and bounds" terminology seen in early deeds.

This hands-on workshop will help you:
  • understand the terminology of metes and bounds deeds
  • extract the critical information for platting and locating
  • create a hand-drawn plat of actual properties
  • use some of the online land platting tools
  • locate old properties on current maps

Please bring a calculator and pencils with erasers. Pam will furnish graph paper, rulers, and protractors. Laptops are strongly encouraged, but not required.

If you have an old deed, please bring it for the hands-on exercise.

Register online.

The class is limited to twelve participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-members fee is $20.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership on the day of the workshop.

Preregistration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first twelve registrants. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Pam Miller, a native of Dallas, Texas, attended Stanford University where she earned a B.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in Spanish. She was employed as an educator in the Bay Area for twenty-eight years, teaching Spanish and computer science. Pam grew up "walking the family lands" with her parents, inheriting her family's love of maps and developing a severe case of what she calls "Tara Syndrome." She has been a member of CGS since 2005.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.