I am trying to convert a shapefile from GCS to PCS to calculate the area of each polygon. I have tried two different methods:
1) "Data Management Tools->Projections and Transformations->Define Projection" and clearing the previous projection. I then go back in and define the new PCS projection ("World_Cylindrical_Equal_Area"). This creates a tiny shapefile centered on 0,0 lat/lon with a miniscule amount of area.
2) "Data Management Tools->Projections and Transformations->Feature->Project" and choosing a new Output Coordinate System ("World_Cylindrical_Equal_Area"). When I run this, an error message comes up that says the table name is invalid and cannot be found.
I am trying to convert from "GCS_Bissel_1841" to "World_Cylindrical_Equal_Area" - any help would definitely be appreciated.
Also, here is a link to the shapefile: https://filestogeaux.lsu.edu/public/download.php?FILE=tjoyne1/71691ctWDJg