On February 9, 2012, professional surveyor Don Teter will present "Property Research for Genealogy and History” at the Thursday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Teter will provide an introduction to research sources and analysis methods used by boundary surveyors, with tips for their application to genealogical and historical research. His presentation 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.
A graduate of Davis and Elkins College, Donald L. Teter 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 state’s 55 counties. In addition to his work in the field, Teter presents continuing education seminars for licensed surveyors. He is a director and past president of the West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors and edited West Virginia Surveyor for 10 years. He has served on the national board of directors of the Surveyors Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving historic surveying instruments and records and educating the public about the history of surveying, for almost a decade.
Teter is a consultant for the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation and Historic Beverly Preservation and is a published author on Randolph County history, including Goin’ Up Gandy, A History of the Dry Fork Region of Randolph and Tucker Counties, West Virginia (2nd ed., 2011). Teter also portrays Porte Crayon (David Hunter Strother) as part of the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! Program.
For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the program, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
West Virginia Archives and History Genealogy Club Programs