Forensic Procedures for Boundary and Title Investigation
January 2008, ©2008
In the era of CSI, forensic science has taken on an unaccustomed glamor. The fact is, forensic science plays as crucial a role in the field of land surveying and title investigation as it does in flesh-and-blood criminology. Land location, the stability of property lines, and the sanctity of title documents are of utmost interest to the legal system in general, and the court system in particular.
Forensic Procedures for Boundary and Title Investigation is the first book to present the application of investigative forensic techniques to the field of land boundary retracement. Covering basic logic, document research, and the interpretation of physical evidence on site, Forensic Procedures for Boundary and Title Investigation is an indispensable guide for?surveyors faced with a difficult retracement having little or faulty evidence.
Demonstrating the techniques that can be applied to boundary location, this fascinating and useful introduction to forensic science:
Covers basic logic with tips for avoiding assumptions during the investigation that might result in error and bad conclusions
Explains the standard operating procedures, common to all forensics fields, for the protection of scenes, evidence collection, and photography
Provides detailed information on records research, reconstructing historical documentation, dealing with damaged documentation, and interpreting historic records containing antiquated measurements and wording
Includes a unique presentation of physical evidence investigation techniques including interpreting stone, wood, and metal evidence found on site
Takes an international approach, presenting universal investigative techniques and methods beyond the specifics of any single country
Includes advice on using the Internet for research and how to draw upon surprising sources of historic information such as postcards, advertisements, and family histories
This extensive treatment is sure to become a standard reference work for professionals in many fields related to land investigation as well as a practical text for the training of investigators in the evidence recovery and interpretative processes leading to successful property location and ownership.
1. Forensic Science.
2. The Nature of Evidence.
3. The Scene.
4. Investigation - The Search of Evidence.
5. The Thought Process.
6. Studying a Land Parcel.
7. Interpreting the Evidence.
8. Land Records.
9. Dealing with Words.
10. Following Footsteps.
12. Directions and Distances.
13. Dealing with Directions.
14. Dealing with Distances.
15. Dealing with Mathematics.
17. Interviewing (Interrogation).
18. Wood Evidence.
20. Other Types of Monuments and Markers.
21. Highways, Roads and Streets.
22. Water-related Problems.
Donald A. Wilson is President of Land & Boundary Consultants, Inc., in Newfields, New Hampshire.
* Covers basic logic with tips for avoiding assumptions during the investigation which might result in error and bad conclusions
* Detailed information on records research, reconstructing historical documentation, dealing with damaged documentation and interpreting historic records with antiquated measurements and wording
* Unique presentation of physical evidence investigation techniques including interpreting stone, wood, and metal evidence found on site.
* International in scope, book does not deal specifically with records unique to any one country, rather it presents universal investigative techniques and methods
* Advice on the use of the internet for research, and making use of surprising sources of historic information such as postcards, advertisements and family history's