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From: "Kith-n-Kin" <>
Subject: Re: [DMU] Fun with KML files
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 09:07:17 -0700
Ah, that worked! Thanks Lee
Pretty cool -- think I'll try it with some of my Buckingham/Cumberland
County, VA, files.
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Lee Hoffman
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 7:50 AM
Subject: Re: [DMU] Fun with KML files
Steve Broyles wrote about the use of KML files using Google
Earth. It appears that some were/are not able to get the Pulaski Co,
VA KML file that Steve provided. Then Steve suggested downloading
the file to the local computer and then opening it in Google.
In case some still have problems, here are some steps that may help
and one or two suggestions that might be useful:
1. For Steve's Pulaski Co., VA KML file, click on that link
in his message.
2. That will probably open the file in your browser. It is
just a text file that can be read -- although the formatting of the
text is not conducive to human reading.
3. Save that file to the same folder in which you save any
other KML file. I keep all my deed files in a single folder with
sub-folders for different projects. This lets me easily break away
and copy any projects if I am working with another researcher.
To create your own KML files from your own deed files:
1. Open DM with the desired deeds (project).
2. Select File=>Save As... and choose KML files as the Save As
3. Give the file a name and make sure it is saved in the
desired folder similar to where you saved the KML file above. Note
that you must have a background map to create an KML file.
To use KML files in Google Earth:
1. Open Google Earth as normally.
2. Select File=>Open from the Main Menu.
3. Browse to the desired folder where you saved the KML file.
4. Select the desired files and click on the [Open] button.
5. After the file is open and displaying on the map, the
timeline bar will be displayed.
Using the timeline bar, you can display one, some or all parcels by
date. The easy way to display all parcels is to hover the mouse over
the timeline bar and click on the middle button between the left and
right arrow buttons. This will move the position indicators to the
right (latest dated parcel). Now click on the left side of the
position indicator and drag it all the way back. All parcels will be
displayed just like they are in DM. You can drag the timeline
position indicator to just show certain one or s group. And, of
course, you can select/de-select the displaying parcel(s) in the
Places Search panel at the left of the screen
Hope this helps -
>I've recently been cleaning up the Pulaski Co., VA, patent file in
>our Deed Data Pool. Many of the county's patents have been
>placed pretty well so I was wondering if I could confirm their
>location via Google Earth. Would the parcels match up with modern
>crop and tree lines?
>If you use our background maps, version 4.0 of DeedMapper supports
>File>>Save As>>KML file, which creates a KML file that can be
>read by Google Earth. All visible DeedMapper parcels get converted
>into KML format and placed in the file. When you open a KML
>file in Google Earth you see the parcels against an aerial photo
>backdrop. Note, your parcels must be displayed on our background
>maps for this to work. [If you have lots of parcels but only want
>to export a few to Google Earth, first select the desired parcels
>with the mouse, then use View>>Filter and set it to display only the
>I didn't spend a lot of time on this but I did find a small number
>of parcels that fit pretty well. In most cases only some of the
>parcel lines matched the modern land because those huge old patents
>were divided into pieces, recombined with other pieces, etc.
>over the years. All of the parcels needed some fine tuning on their
>precise location in DeedMapper for them to really sit where
>Google Earth says they belong.
>If you have Google Earth installed I think you'll enjoy looking at
>the following file. You should just be able to double click it.
>Be sure that Google Earth's timeline slide control at the top of the
>window is set to display the full range of dates.
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