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Subdividing the Land

Metes and Bounds and Rectangular Survey Systems, 1st Edition

By Gaby M. Neunzert

CRC Press

172 pages | 57 B/W Illus.

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Ideally, every tract of land has a description on paper and a physical survey on the ground. When boundary disputes arise, all parties concerned must quickly learn the vocabulary and processes involved with real estate. Written for anyone dealing in real estate transactions, Subdividing the Land: Metes and Bounds and Rectangular Survey Systems provides this background. It defines key legal terms, examines key concepts of Metes and Bounds, the structure of the U.S. Land Survey System and offers many illustrations and tables that clearly explain the concepts.

Each state has its own property laws, but the book's material is generic enough to be applicable across the entire United States and even Canada. Taking into account that local laws may be influenced by many factors, the book also covers the roots of English property laws and the effects of French, Spanish, and Mexican legacies. The author discusses topics such as water law, mining claims, and the Metes and Bounds and Torrens system of property registry. He provides a section of basic legal concepts applicable to land transactions and a glossary of special or semi-technical terms.

Unlike most other topics related to surveying, there is no math associated with the topics given; yet the subjects can be complex and tricky. Subdividing the Land is a resource of many interrelated topics, and thus presents a knowledge base for land surveyors and the background for handling many types of land transactions conducted by real estate agents, engineers, architects, and lawyers.

Table of Contents

Metes and Bounds Surveys

Direction of Each Leg

Distances of Each Leg

Additional Aspects of Metes and Bounds Descriptions

Metes and Bounds by Coordinates—The Future

U.S. Rectangular Survey System

Laying Out the “Grid"

The Aliquote (Area) Subdivision of a Section

Type of Monuments Set

Locating a

The Subdivision of Land— Summary

Supplemental Comments for Figure 25 to Figure 40

1855 Federal Manual of Surveying Instructions

Selected Bibliography

Surveying Roots

English Common Law

French Law (Also Called the Napoleonic Code)

Spanish Law

Colorado Land Grants

The Beginning of the Rectangular U.S. Survey System

Historical Notes— Summary

Supplemental Comments for Figure 43 to Figure 51

Selected Bibliography

Mining Claims and Related Items

Lode Claims

Placer Claim

Mill Site

Tunnel (Adit) Site

Some Mining Terminology

Selected Bibliography

Water Laws

Water Rights

Water Laws

Some Legal Concepts and Definitions

Role of Surveyor or Engineer



Transfer of Real Property (Real Estate)



Adverse Possession

Chain of Title

Relocation of Property from Previous Survey Work

Property Rights Abutting Water

Registry of Property—The Torrens System

The Torrens System


Bibliography and Other Resources


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems