displaying XY Data properly - coordinate issue?

06-12-2013 10:08 AM
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Okay, I know the issue, but don't know how to go about fixing this.

I am trying to display XY data from a .dbf file i created from an excel sheet. The lat and long in the table is in decimal degrees which is no big deal however when I display XY data, it is putting the points way off from where they should be. I already have the coordinate system set up in the data frame based off of a parcel layer.

Projected Coordinate System: NAD_1983_StatePlane_California_VI_FIPS_0406_Feet
Geographic Coordinate System: GCS_North_American_1983

What I realized is happening, is that while my display is showing coordinates in decimal degrees, the points are being mapped in feet.  I have never had to play with coordinate systems too much to know enough to fix what I think is the problem.  Anybody have any ideas?  When I change the display to show coordinates in feet the points are displaying correctly, but that isn't what I want.

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