I am working with two shape files. One is made up of individual parcel polygons and the other is made up of larger zoning polygons. My goal is to join the two in such a way so that I create a new attribute table that contains both parcel data and zoning data. The problem I'm having is that I'm unable to get the text attributes (like the zone name) to transfer to the new file. The cumbersome work around that I've created is mapping each zone name to a number and then reconverting the numbers back into names once the join has been completed, but I'm looking for a more elegant way of doing this.