What are the coordinates of the point of beginning?
February 24, 2016 Leave a comment
“The reference point for finding my ‘point of beginning’ is the SE corner of a section. Because of the difficult terrain, it would be very difficult for me to physically go to that spot. My property description states . . . What I think this means is that property corner #1 is 2,654 and 7/10ths feet from the SE Corner of the Section along a line that runs about 7 degrees north of west from that corner.”
Your property description references a corner of a Section in a Township and Range. You can get the coordinates of that corner by using the tool at the following link:
Enter the State, Section, Township and Range data then click the View button. The LAT-LON are given in the Degrees unit. A 35 for the latitude should be entered as 35N, and a -95 for the longitude should be entered as 95W.
Once you have the coordinates of the reference corner, and you know the position of your point of beginning relative to that corner, you could set the reference corner as the First Node on the Feature Info page of the Deed Calls & Stakeout app. In the Calls page enter the angle and distance to your actual Point of Beginning (POB). Then enter a couple random segments with non-zero direction so as to form an area plot. Here, we are just after the location of your POB; the other segments don’t matter in this step.
After the bogus deed plot has been created, you can use the Pick button on the Feature Info page to pick your POB as the First Node. Write down the displayed coordinates.
Go to the “Calls” page and delete the unwanted calls.
Go back to the “Feature Info” page and enter the POB coordinates.
Then you can start entering the actual deed calls.
Your deed probably references magnetic north. You will need to find out the magnetic declination for your location to enter into the Orientation field.