Jerry has 35 years of experience in land surveying. He obtained a degree in surveying from Southeast Community College at Milford, Nebraska, in 1985. For the first 12 years of his career, he was employed by several private engineering firms in Lincoln. He began working for Lancaster County Engineering in 1997 and currently manages the survey department where he balances time in both the office and field. The majority of his work is related to legal boundary surveying and section corner remonumentation. Jerry has recovered hundreds of original government corners. As a hobby, he frequently travels to other areas of the country in search of historical surveying monuments. Jerry has had over 50 professional articles published which are directly related to land surveying. He has also published seven books related to surveying, railroads, and WWII history. He is a frequent speaker in a multi-state area and is head of both the Historical Committee and the Ethic and Standards Committee for the Professional Surveyors Association of Nebraska while currently serving as a member of the board. Jerry lives in Lincoln and is a licensed land surveyor in Nebraska and South Dakota.
Restoration of Lost or Obliterated Corners
Friday, January 10, 2020, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., repeating
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Due to many inquiries received at the General Land Office by private and county surveyors, a separate manual was published describing how to properly restore lost or obliterated original corners. The first edition was created in 1883 to provide these instructions and to act as a set of guidelines for all retracement surveyors. This manual also provided instructions for the proper method to subdivide individual sections. A historical look will be given to the various Restoration of Lost or Obliterated Corners manuals that were printed and how they have evolved. Specific attention will be given and examples will be explained from the current manual.
Fractional Sections and Government Lot Numbering
Friday, January 10, 2020, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., repeating
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Many sections became fractional when a variety of circumstances caused them to contain non-aliquot parts. Since government lots had to be created when tracts contained less than 40-acres, they were numbered to correctly identify them within that particular section. This course will show many examples of fractional sections, what caused them to become fractional, and how the individual lots were numbered. Since numbering of the lots was a function performed at the General Land Office and not by the field surveyor, the numbering system was not always consistent. The importance of examining the original plat, understanding the verbiage in the various manuals of instructions, and why it is important for the retracement surveyor to describe the lots properly will be discussed.