ZIP Code Maps of Every U.S. County

ZIP Code Maps by County

In addition to the county maps showing cities and townships announced previously, now you can also view an interactive ZIP Code map of every U.S. County, found in the Reference Maps menu. As an example, here is a ZIP Code map of Auglaize County, Ohio: As shown in the above example, if a ZIP Code area falls completely OR partially within the county, it will get included on the map. If you then want to see all of the ZIP Codes in the surrounding counties too, just click the button on the left side of the map called Show Surrounding: … Read more

AncestorSearch & PeopleSearch: limit your Google search to recently updated pages

AncestorSearch and PeopleSearch new Find pages updated dropdown

Do you have ancestors that you’ve searched Google for repeatedly over the years? If so, now you can quickly limit your search on AncestorSearch or PeopleSearch to only include pages created or updated in the past 24 hours, week, month or year as shown by the red boxes below: This will catch pages that are either NEW or UPDATED in the timeframe that you specify. Also, be sure and check out the other enhancements to the tools over the past couple of years. Have fun searching!

Quick Links: Individual County Maps with Townships

county map with townships

In case you want to see a map of civil townships for just one county at a time, here is a list of ALL U.S. Counties showing townships: Listing of all U.S. County Maps showing Civil Townships and Township Boundaries This will give you maps that look like this, using Champaign County, Illinois as an example: If you want to view ALL civil townships on one map, just use the Civil Townships map tool. There are also options to overlay civil townships on many other map tools, including in the lower left of the Historical U.S. Counties tool: Happy mapping!

Quick Links: Individual County Maps with Cities

county map with cities

Sometimes you may want to see just ONE county with the cities also shown. For that purpose, here’s a list of ALL U.S. Counties with City Limits: Listing of all U.S. County Maps showing Cities and City Limits For example, here is Sacramento County, California: Sacramento County, California – County Map with Cities You get a map like this: Then, of course if you want a map of ALL counties (and optionally cities), just go to the County Lines or City Limits tools. Then, optionally choose the layers/settings in the lower left of the map: Happy Mapping!

Create custom areas and add your own points to any map with NEW mapBuilder

mapBuilder example adding custom areas and custom points to the same map

mapBuilder, found below the map on most map tool pages on randymajors.org, lets you add custom areas and custom points to any map! There are three main sections to mapBuilder: Custom Areas, Custom Points and Map Title/Display Options Within each section, read the description and click the Show Me How button or sample map links to get a feel for what’s possible. Here’s a screenshot of the Create Custom Areas section, where you can overlay custom areas based on a list of ZIP Codes (5-digit or 3-digit), or you can color-code ZIP Codes or Counties from a live-linked spreadsheet: For … Read more

If you have trouble reaching the randymajors.org website, try this

randymajors.org Site Screenshot

Because of server changes, it is possible that some people may experience trouble reaching the randymajors.org website this weekend. (If you are subscribed to email updates, you will receive this notice via email). If that happens to be you, please first try clearing your browser cache and/or pressing Ctrl+F5 while on the page after trying to visit the randymajors.org website. If that still does not work, you can also trying flushing your DNS cache. If by some chance you still are facing issues reaching the website after trying the above, then please contact helpdesk at randymajors dot org (turn that … Read more

Custom Map Tools or Genealogy, you decide

Email Subscription Preferences Form-1

Given than the randymajors.org Research Hub website has a pretty broad range of topics — from custom mapping tools for business to search and map tools for genealogy — I thought it would be helpful to give you a choice of what topics you want to receive email updates about. Here’s how it works: Be sure you are subscribed to email updates using the Subscribe via Email button near the top of the right sidebar or at the bottom of each page: Then, to change the topics you’re interested in receiving updates about, just click the “Manage Email Subscription Preferences” … Read more

Video Walkthru: Historical U.S. Counties map tool and Auto-Checker extension

LifeMap example

By popular request, I finally have gotten around to recording a couple of video walkthoughs of a couple of the tools. Certainly not polished and produced, but should give you a good understanding of these two tools: Walkthough of the Historical U.S. Counties map tool: Walkthrough of the Historical U.S. Counties chrome extension: I recommend you view them in the above order, as understanding the Historical U.S. Counties map tool will help you have better success with using the Auto-Checker chrome extension. Be easy on me please, as its my first foray into doing a screencapture walkthrough for youtube :) … Read more

Website Infrastructure Updated: You may need to clear your browser cache

randymajors.org Site Screenshot

Good news: In an effort to improve the performance of the various map and search tools, the randymajors.org website infrastructure has been updated over several days this week. Action: As a result, if you experience any unexpected issues when viewing the map and search tool pages, try doing a hard refresh of the page using Ctrl+F5. If something still isn’t working quite right, please clear your browser cache, exit all browsers and go back in. This should solve 99% of issues, but if you still are having any trouble, please get in touch using the Help link at the bottom … Read more