Land Records History
This history of parcels, land records, and GIS is a personal reflection from one of the founders of the principles and concepts for automating land records that we still strive for today. Dr. David Moyer is thoughtful and knowledgeable about land titles, the role of landownership to society, and its importance in supporting policy and decision-making. He has quietly taught and influenced many of the leaders in modern GIS principles and programs. He has agreed to put pen to paper for this reflective piece. It is a history through his eyes, derived from his experiences. He has identified some of the critical points in the development of automated, modernized land records, so that those building today’s systems understand the paths that have led here. The references in the footnotes provide a guide to key points in history. The foundational materials he describes contain important information that is carried forward into all of our work on land records today.