Georgia Land Surveying History and Law

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University of Georgia Press, 1991 - History - 583 pages
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Georgia Land Surveying History and Law is the first definitive history and analysis of Georgia’s land system and the laws that govern it.

The book’s opening section tells the story of the surveyor’s role in transforming Georgia from a frontier to a bounded, populated, and productive colony and state. Paced by anecdotes of surveyors’ wilderness experiences, the narrative traces the evolution of Georgia’s land subdivision system, beginning with the original, and ultimately impractical, scheme of land granting and rectangular land subdivision under the Trustees of the Georgia Colony. The volume then covers the more flexible but easily abused headright procedure, and the subsequent lottery and succession of systematic, rectangular surveys under which most of the state was laid out and granted in the early nineteenth century.

Finally, in lay terms supported by meticulous citation of authority, the volume discusses the legal aspects of land surveying, including the interests that make up land ownership, the transfer of real property, the interpretation of property descriptions, the location of boundaries, riparian and littoral rights, and other topics. The book examines every point concerning boundaries found in any Georgia case or statute.

Based solidly on primary sources and the author’s fifteen years of experience in land surveying and title abstracting, Georgia Land Surveying History and Law is an exhaustively researched and scholarly reference that will be useful to surveyors, title attorneys, title abstractors, real estate professionals, geographers, cartographers, historians, and genealogists.

  

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Contents

The Colonial Period
3
Headright Grants under the State Government
60
Fieldwork and Office Work under the Headright System
121
The 1805 and 1807 Land Lotteries
168
The 1820 Land Lottery
204
The 1821 Land Lottery
234
The 1827 Land Lottery
242
The 1832 Land and Gold Lottery
267
Types of Real Property Interests
330
Transfer of Real Property
354
Relative Importance of Conflicting Boundary Elements
395
Strip Conveyances
437
Construction of Various Types of Descriptions 45
457
Riparian and Littoral Boundaries
474
Other Topics
490
Appendix A Order of Creation of Georgias Counties
507

g The Reserves
284
Some Closing Comments on the Land Lotteries
306
Georgia Land Surveying
317
Nature of Law
319

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