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###Process: This is a repository of the sql queries needed for creating mapstories of US land patents. Each state will be processed separately as follows:
- The Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data will be found. The following are needed: townships (township and range), sections, quarter-sections, and quarter-quarter sections (aliquots, the smallest plot of land that was sold as land patents).
- The land patent data will be downloaded for the corresponding state. The data is here: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/BulkData/default.aspx For more info on this data: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/reference/default.aspx#id=07_Web_Services_And_Bulk_Data|01_Web_Services_Introduction
- Using SQL queries, a csv file will be generated of the Land Patent Descriptions that can be used to join to the GIS data. Each state will have a separate SQL query file. All SQL query files will be under the SQL_Queries branch (click on "Branches" above, and click on "SQL_Queries").