10 The Research Problems

I had many surprises as I worked through these pages, having only two major problems from beginning to end. One problem was that for all the maps I used, all the waterways and a good many roads were different from map to map. The second problem was trying to understand how the Boone-Sears Cemetery could be south of Cummins Road, as is described in several articles and cemetery publications in the county from long ago. I have suspected that an error may have occurred years ago and has never been caught.

    My work took me through the oldest maps I could find, working my way through the publication years and the different types of maps available. After studying about fourteen maps of this township from different sources, I found an important clue when zooming in on a USGS topographical map. This was a map which would not be disputed because of the way the topographical maps are created. We can see hill tops and low waterways, the elevations being drawn from aerial photographs and survey information, combined with careful calculations. After studying the map for a few minutes, I realized they were also marking a few residences and driveways. When all was said and done, I had a fair understanding that all sources had been accurate enough, from someone’s point of view even though none of them were the same.

    The topographical map was an enlightenment which caused me to realize that I still had not used yet another resource that is certainly more correct than hand-plotted maps which include man’s interpretation of where a property line is in relation to a waterway (which changes from year to year, for instance) or in relation to an invisible boundary of sections, townships and ranges.

    In the earlier editions of this documentary which are held in a few libraries, I showed three of my graphics from a satellite photograph from the Microsoft Terra Server. The importance of  this photo was fourfold: (1) it was an actual photograph and only portrays what is there to be seen; (2) the photo was taken in 1994, two years before the Boone-Sears Cemetery was plowed over, and when examined, shows markers and a patch of land laid differently than the rest; (3) I have been able to magnify the photos as though from different elevations; (4) Boone-Sears Cemetery shows north of Cummins Road. The original photos from the Terra Server were very dark, almost black, because the photos were apparently taken at night, but I was able to electronically treat them with filters to lighten and brighten them so we could see more of what is there.
    I have replaced those photos in this document with newer technology, using Google Earth66. This satellite server gives us a beautiful photo in color (Map 212-02) taken during daylight hours  and I have diagrammed and labeled parts of our interest .
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