The art of local surveying
Start at the Register of Deeds Office first to confirm the chain of title and related documents for your tract and any abutters necessary. You do this yourself courtesy of the handy-dandy indexes that are easily found, including the original plats for subdivisions and the GLO plat maps.
Then go a few steps down the hall to the County Surveyor Office where there are seventeen different indexed resources available including railroad strip maps and road records plus section corner records: both pre- and post-corner filing requirement. Bridge and highway plans are available that may impact your project. Discover that the most recent corners you need which are available from HubTack are crap once you go through the information that last surveyor from that well-known city in Mali chose to ignore.
Should you have a project tied to more than one county, you drive to the adjacent county courthouse and repeat the process to the extent necessary to solve any remaining issues.
In some cases, you know certain old-timers to contact who can answer some vital questions.
Mr. Timbuktu spent too much of his budget on travel and lodging expenses to have enough time to do the job correctly.
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