I know this question is really basic and I feel quite dumb asking, but I just can't figure this out. How do you read (and locate) property based on legal descriptions? Is there a free GIS tool that helps?
I see how the public land survey system has townships of 36 sections and each section is 640 acres. But according to this, I should be seeing descriptions like:
N 12 SE 14, SW 14, 24, T32N, R18E
Which would read, "The north 1/2 of the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter of section 24, township 32 north, range 18 east."
So, how do I locate this? Where do I go online to find this kind of map or at least the section so I can draw it out? This is a bogus example from a book so I can't really look it up, but I'm having a difficult time applying this in real life.
When I look a legal description online, I see even less information. Maybe you all can help me work through a couple of examples (one in Texas and on in Oklahoma)?
Texas (Young County): A-964 SEC 1677 TE&L SUR (this happens to be mine)
What does the A-964 stand for? It's not the section, right? That would be 1677. All I know from this description is that the interest is in all of section 1677. Where do I find maps of the townships and sections of a county? This doesn't even tell me which township - unless that's what the A-964 represents.
Oklahoma (Pontotoc): 15-04N-07E (just a random one I found online)
I'm assuming this is section 15 - but of which township?.
What does 04N mean? North something? I was expecting to see something like 1/4 N. Same question for 07E. And, where do I find maps of this?