I am recreating historic (1770s) land parcels for an area of a town based on their description in written deeds. This will be a series of intersecting polygons when I am finished, with many sharing borders of other adjacent polygons.
From the written deeds, I know a precise length of each segment of the boundary of the property. For example: "East along the street 140 feet, west along Smith's land 200 feet, south along a river 20 feet" etc. I would like to be able to know how long my polygon border segment is that I am extending from my previous verticy before I create a new verticy, given that I already know how long it should be.
I turned on advanced digitizing and was only able to see the latitude and longitude as I moved around the map.
I used the measure tool, which allows me to see and mark line segments at the appropriate length, but when I click to over to begin making a polygon, the measure tool marks go away. If I could use those as snap vertices or see the measurements still when I create the polygon that would work.
My current option appears to be to pre-measure each segment and "remember" where the vertices were as I draw the polygon. Is there a better option?