Surveyor/author to Share Genealogy Tips in Charleston

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A professional surveyor, author and historic-character actor will offer tips on using land deeds and other records to help trace family roots during a Thursday, Feb. 9, lecture in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center in Charleston. Donald L. Teter will provide an introduction to research sources and analysis methods that boundary surveyors use as well as tips on how to apply them to genealogical and historical research. His presentation, Property Research for Genealogy and History, will address land grants, books, and deeds; wills; circuit court records; tax, historic, and topographic maps; plotting property descriptions to create maps; online record resources; and errors and ambiguities in records. The program begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Teter, a graduate of Davis and Elkins College, began surveying as a chainman and brushcutter in 1974. Since receiving his West Virginia surveying license in 1982, he has surveyed some town and suburban areas but has worked primarily with rural properties, involving research in 26 of the states 55 counties. …