No more bouncing maps and evasive red dots!

Just a brief note here to let you know of a fix to an issue that has been reported by a number of users of all of the randymajors.org map tools (such as the County Lines on Google Maps, Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps and all the others). The issue was related to the maps “bouncing” and the red dot (shown below) moving even though the user didn’t intend for it to move. In particular, if the user was panning around the map (e.g. dragging the map with their mouse) in order to see something just off the edge of … Read more

Why have all the map tools changed…again?

If you’ve recently used any of the map tools on randymajors.org (such as Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps or County Lines on Google Maps, etc) you may have noticed some changes. So why fix it if it ain’t broke?! The biggest reason is that all the map tools were about to break due to Google shutting down their Fusion Tables technology, which is what I had been using to draw all of the maps.  So after some very, very heavy-lifting for many weeks (just ask my wife!) I was able to move all of the map tools to another Google … Read more

Happy Independence Day! Enjoy This Historical County Boundary Animation

In honor of this 4th of July, here’s an animation of county boundary formation in the United States starting in 1629 up through the present day, derived from the Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps tool: And here’s a close-up focusing on the northeastern U.S.: Explore all of the historical county boundary lines in your area of interest in great detail using the Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps tool.  I’ll leave you with this example centered on Independence Hall in Philadelphia, 4 July 1776: Wishing you and your families and friends a happy and peaceful 4th!

Show me ALL of the names!

You’ve always been able to search or click on the map and have information about the ONE spot where you clicked appear at the bottom of the map, like this: “But wouldn’t it be nice,” many people have asked over the years, “to see ALL of the names of the counties on the map rather than just the one that I clicked?”  Or something to that effect. Now you can.  Just go to the Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps tool and check “Show labels…” checkbox in the lower left corner of the map, and your map will be pleasantly … Read more