Q. In my land records research, I’ve come across the term “metes and bounds.” What does it mean? A. Metes and bounds is an old method of surveying territory for settlement, used in the original 13 Colonies. “The indiscriminate survey system, or metes and bounds, dates to England,” says Ohio genealogical speaker and writer Jana […]Read More
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