I'm working with 19th century land tax records that provide a direction (expressed as NW, SE, etc.) and a distance in miles from the court house. The info in the Land Tax Records (LTR) is in effect a version of polar radiation. For each reading you start at the court house as your 0,0. The records have: LastName; Direction, Distance or LastName, Distance, Direction. Such as Smith, 4, SW that translates to Smith, 4 miles southwest of the court house.
Is there a way to place a symbol/marker/whatever at that point using QGIS 2.0? The end result should roughly result in the shape of the county in 1860.
It is possible and very cumbersome to do that with CAD by using the direction and distance alignment on a line and then placing a loci at the end of it. I can use the direction and distance measures by placing them into Excel, plotting them in Vectorworks, and then exporting them to QGIS. I'm trying to cut out the intermediate steps by having QGIS do the work. I can convert the directions to azimuths in Excel and the distances to whatever I need. But having 400 separate lines for a county is cumbersome if there's a more elegant solution.