# RECTANGULAR SURVEY

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```					 RECTANGULAR
SURVEY
A system of describing the legal
boundaries of property and property
ownership.
Outline
   Brief history

   How the system works

   Writing a “legal description”

   Calculating area
History
   Ownership of property a fundamental right
   “Public Domain” v. Private Ownership
   Metes and Bounds
   Original Rectangular Survey – 1785
   Modified Rectangular Survey – 1785/86
How the System Works
   Point of Origin (Initial Point)
   Baseline and Principal Meridian
   Standard Parallels and Guide Meridians (24
miles X 24 miles)
   Townships (6 miles X 6 miles) Township and
Range designations
   Sections (1 mile X 1 mile), 640 acres, uniform
numbering
How the System Works
   Subdivision of the Section
   Fractional breakdown using only ½ or ¼
fractional components
   Begin with smallest component and work toward
largest (Section number)
   Use of a comma (,) is read as “and”, when
preceding section number
Calculating Area
   Work backward from the Section
   Assume Section to be 640 Acres

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