Continuing Education: Non-Rectangular Surveys

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Course Description

This course will assure legally defensible and accurate conduct of dependent resurveys of non-rectangular surveys, students will be able to collect and analyze survey evidence in a thorough and professional manner. This 3 part course will cover:

  • General Historical Background
  • Common Elements
  • General Metes and Bounds Issues
  • Donation Land Claims
  • Mineral Surveys and Retracement Issues
  • Land Grants, Small Holding Claims and Reservations
  • Indian Allotment Surveys
  • U.S. Surveys
  • Townsite Surveys
  • Congressionally Designated Areas
  • State and International Boundaries

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Summarize basic historical background on each of the NRS entities.
  • Explain records and evidence collection unique to each NRS.
  • Explain evidence analysis techniques for each NRS.
  • Describe important considerations in the restoration of lost corners on NRS resurveys.

Course Instructors

Roger Green (bio)
Mike Harmening (bio)
Paul Hickey (bio)
Jack Kesler (bio)
Dennis Mouland (bio)
Ron Scherler (bio)
Linda Smith (bio)
Tom Tauchus (bio)


Please print the Course Map before you begin to help guide you through the course.

Each unit has a study guide associated with it. It is included here as a PDF file for you to view online.

Unit 1 Study Guide 
Unit 2 Study Guide 
Unit 3 Study Guide

Each topic has a study guide associated with it. You can view/print a specific study guide under the Course Materials tab in each topic. Course length = approximately 20 hours, 9 CE credits.

Upon reaching the final quiz, you must answer at least 80% of the questions correctly to achieve a passing grade. Retakes are limited to once per 24 hour period.

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