Georgia Land Surveying History and Law
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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The Colonial Period
Headright Grants under the State Government
Fieldwork and Office Work under the Headright System
The 1805 and 1807 Land Lotteries
The 1820 Land Lottery
The 1821 Land Lottery
The 1827 Land Lottery
The 1832 Land and Gold Lottery
Types of Real Property Interests
Transfer of Real Property
Relative Importance of Conflicting Boundary Elements
Construction of Various Types of Descriptions 45
Riparian and Littoral Boundaries
Appendix A Order of Creation of Georgias Counties
g The Reserves
Some Closing Comments on the Land Lotteries
Georgia Land Surveying
Nature of Law
A Note about Sources