1944 Historical Kansas Counties Map

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1. In Google Sheets, create a spreadsheet that includes these columns in any order: ZIP Code, Data* and optionally Color • Free version has a limit of 1,000 rows; monthly contributors can map up to 10,000 rows per map
• You can use any combination of 5-digit ZIP Codes and 3-digit ZIP Codes
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• If you don't have a Google Sheet, create one by importing from Excel or a .csv file
• The header of the Data column will be used as the map legend heading
• The Data column can contain links beginning with https:// that will appear when the user clicks the map on that ZIP Code
• The Color column is optional. If used, the Color column can contain any browser-supported color name or any 6-digit hex color code

2. In Google Sheets, Share your spreadsheet with Anyone with the link permissions and click the Copy link button In Google Sheets:
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2. Click the Get link section in the box that appears
3. Change the sharing setting to Anyone with the link (keep the drop-down to the right set as Viewer)
4. Click the Copy link button
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* The Data column will be the first column found other than ZIP Code and Color, such as Territory in the image at right

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1. In Google Sheets, create a spreadsheet that includes these columns in any order: County, State Abbrev, Data* and optionally Color • Free version has a limit of 1,000 rows; monthly contributors can map up to 10,000 rows per map
• Map data will be read from first tab in your Google Sheet; the first row must contain column headers
• Any additional columns beyond those required will be ignored
• If you don't have a Google Sheet, create one by importing from Excel or a .csv file
• The header of the Data column will be used as the map legend heading
• The Data column can contain links beginning with https:// that will appear when the user clicks the map on that county
• The Color column is optional. If used, the Color column can contain any browser-supported color name or any 6-digit hex color code

2. In Google Sheets, Share your spreadsheet with Anyone with the link permissions and click the Copy link button In Google Sheets:
1. Click the Share button in the upper right corner
2. Click the Get link section in the box that appears
3. Change the sharing setting to Anyone with the link (keep the drop-down to the right set as Viewer)
4. Click the Copy link button
5. Click Done
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3. Paste the link you just copied into the box below:

* The Data column will be the first column found other than State, County and Color, such as Salesperson in the image at right

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1. In Google Sheets, create a spreadsheet that includes these columns in any order: Longitude, Latitude, Data* and optionally Color. You can also map Addresses** • Map data will be read from first tab in your Google Sheet; the first row must contain column headers
• Any additional columns beyond those required will be ignored
• If you don't have a Google Sheet, create one by importing from Excel or a .csv file
• Longitude and Latitude must be in decimal degrees such as -87.633, 41.854 for Chicago (note: the U.S. and western hemisphere have negative longitudes)
• The header of the Data column will be used as the map legend heading
• The Color column is optional. If used, the Color column can contain any browser-supported color name or any 6-digit hex color code
• If present, the Address column must contain U.S. addresses in this format: address, city, state, ZIP Code**
• If you don't already have Longitude/Latitudes and want to build your Google Sheet interactively: As you click the map or use Search places, the Long Lat is shown above the map and you can copy/paste it into your Google Sheet

2. In Google Sheets, Share your spreadsheet with Anyone with the link permissions and click the Copy link button In Google Sheets:
1. Click the Share button in the upper right corner
2. Click the Get link section in the box that appears
3. Change the sharing setting to Anyone with the link (keep the drop-down to the right set as Viewer)
4. Click the Copy link button
5. Click Done
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3. Paste the link you just copied into the box below:

* The Data column will be the first column found other than Lat, Long and Color, such as Name in the image at right

** Addresses will be converted to Latitude and Longitude so they can be mapped. Read details about mapping addresses.

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1. Export a KML file from Google My Maps, Google Earth or GIS software • The KML file MUST contain Longitude and Latitude (geocoded addresses without coordinates are NOT supported)
• Only one data attribute gets included. If the KML file has multiple attributes, the first attribute that contains 'name' in its name will be used, otherwise the first attribute will be used.

2. Upload the KML file to Google Drive

3. From Google Drive, right click the file and choose Share. In the Share with people and groups box, click Change to Anyone with the link, then click Copy link and then Done

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1944 Historical Kansas Counties Map

1944 Historical Kansas Counties Map

Why would you want to see historical Google Maps? County boundaries in the U.S. have changed over 17,600 times since America was settled in colonial times! This historical counties tool built on Google Maps will help you make sure you’re searching in the correct county for the place and any historical date you are researching. Research with confidence knowing that this tool is built using the complete dataset of the authoritative Newberry Library’s Atlas of Historical County Boundaries project.



Quick Tips for using this 1944 Historical Kansas Counties Map tool

  1. There are four ways to get started using this Historical U.S. Counties map tool
    • Type any PRESENT-day place or address in the “Search places” box above the map and choose the one you want from the auto-complete list
    • Click the map to see the historical county name for where you clicked (Monthly Contributors also get Dynamic Maps)
    • To search using GPS coordinates use the “Find lat long” box in the top right above the map*
    • Click the button in the upper right corner of the map to use your current location. Click the button again to automatically update your location every 1, 5 or 10 minutes (Monthly Contributors also get an option to update every several seconds, shown as ◉A for Active).**
    Then, type any HISTORIC date or year in the “As of date” box and click Go! The date must be in the format M/D/YYYY or can be just a 4-digit year.
    Historical county boundaries will draw, and an information pane about the county of interest will appear at the top of the map. The information pane lists the historical county name at the blue dot, and provides details on the latest boundary change as of the date you typed, including reference to the particular statute that triggered the change. The latitude and longitude for the blue dot is also displayed.
  2. Optionally, check the “Show historical county labels” checkbox in the lower left corner of the map to see the names of the historical counties on the map
  3. Check the “Show county chronology of this place…” checkbox in the lower left corner of the map to see a complete listing of every county boundary change for your chosen location from the date you typed back in time to original county formation
  4. Optionally, show present-day counties (thin red lines) and present-day townships (dark orange lines) by checking the boxes in the lower left corner of the map. If you have historical county labels checked and are also showing present-day townships, then township labels will also draw.
  5. Subscribe to receive notification of tool updates and usage tips

* You can search using various formats of latitude longitude, including degrees, minutes and seconds; degrees and decimal minutes; or decimal degrees
** The “Locate” button will be more accurate on smartphones and other devices containing a GPS; desktop browsers typically show an approximate location

Why would you need a map with historical county boundaries?

Here are several example uses for historical U.S. counties on Google Maps (see disclaimer):

  • Genealogical Research: While tracing your family tree, pinpoint where your ancestors lived and understand how county changes might have affected them.
  • Archival Searches: If you’re delving into historical records, knowing the pertinent county during the time in question ensures you’re searching in the right archives or courthouses.
  • Land and Property Lineage: Understand the context of historical ownership changes of a piece of land or property over the years, especially if county borders shifted.
  • GPS Coordinate Historical Context: For specific GPS points, understand which county they would have fallen under at any given past date.
  • Historical Address Verification: Determine the specific county of a present-day address during a past era, aiding in accurate historical context and study.
  • Academic and Educational Insights: Teachers, students, and researchers can better grasp county evolution, aiding in geography, history, and social studies education.
  • Infrastructure and Urban Planning: Urban planners can consider historical county boundaries when assessing older infrastructure, roads, and city development patterns.
  • Cultural and Community Evolution: Understand the historical narratives, events, and shifts that influenced community changes over time.
  • Legal and Land Dispute Clarification: Provide context to historical legal disputes or issues rooted in historical county demarcations and jurisdictional changes.
  • Environmental and Ecological Studies: Researchers can trace environmental changes, land use, and conservation efforts in relation to historical county boundaries.
  • Historical Tourism and Exploration: Travelers keen on exploring historical sites can gain context about the county boundaries that existed during significant events or eras.
  • Economic and Societal Analysis: Economists and sociologists can study past county-based data to understand economic shifts, migrations, and societal changes.

Looking for PRESENT-day county boundaries on Google Maps? Here it is: County Lines tool.

Find Historical Counties by radius or by drawing a line or shape

  • To find Historical Counties within a radius or near a line or shape you draw*:
    1. Click the “Selection Tools” button in the lower left corner of the map
    2. – RADIUS SELECT: To find Historical Counties within a radius, specify the mileage in the “Select map features within x miles of the shapes I draw” box, then use the Point “Add a marker” tool to draw a point in the middle of the radius
      – TOUCHING A LINE OR SHAPE: To find Historical Counties that touch a line or a shape you draw, use the Line tool or Shape tool to draw the shape, double-clicking when finished
      – WITHIN DISTANCE OF A LINE OR SHAPE: To find Historical Counties that are within a distance of a line or a shape you draw, first specify the mileage in the “Select map features within x miles of the shapes I draw” box, then use the Line tool or Shape tool to draw the shape, double-clicking when finished
    3. The Historical Counties will be highlighted and listed in a “Results from map” box below the map, where you can copy the selected Historical Counties for use in a spreadsheet or other document
      – Optionally, keep drawing shapes to select more Historical Counties
    4. When you are finished selecting Historical Counties, click the “DONE Selecting” button in the lower left corner of the map

    * Historical Counties for the date or year you have specified in the “As of” date box will get selected if any part of the shape you draw falls within the historical county boundaries

FAQs for 1944 Historical Kansas Counties Map

How do I view a map of 1944 Historical Kansas Counties on Google Maps?
View this 1944 Historical Kansas Counties map tool. The historical Kansas counties will be displayed on the map, and you can also overlay present day counties, townships and more.

Why was this tool created? Many people have requested to be able to see historical county lines from the Newberry Library’s Atlas of Historical County Boundaries displayed on top of Google Maps.

While some other tools can show the Newberry Atlas in GIS formats for Google Earth, requiring downloads and installation, this free tool shows the entire Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries overlaid on Google Maps in a web browser. Therefore, you don’t have to download, install or import anything, and you can even use it on your smart phone or tablet.

Coverage Notes

– Coverage includes all 50 US states, from as early as 3/4/1629 through 12/31/2000. For present-day county lines use the County Lines on Google Maps tool.

Other Notes

  • The Search places box uses a standard Google Maps geocoding engine, therefore you can type PRESENT-day street addresses, road names, points of interest, etc. to see what historical county that present-day location was part of as of the historical date you specified
  • NEW! Some counties or regions were claimed by more than one jurisdiction in some historic years. When this is the case, an “Overlapping jurisdiction” button will appear at the top of the map enabling you to toggle to the other jurisdiction’s information.
  • The map layers from which this information is extracted are very large, so it may take several seconds to finish drawing
  • Note that typing an address will zoom in the map very close, whereas typing a city or county by itself will show you a map with a wider view

Sources

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, a project of The Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at The Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. The information is included in this tool under the Creative Commons license shown on the bottom of the linked page.
– US Census Bureau

Have a genealogy blog or website? Create your own custom link to this Historical U.S. Counties Map for any year and place

DISCLAIMER

Accuracy and Limitations: The information provided by this map tool has been obtained from various public data sources shown in the Sources box above. These sources have varying degrees of reliability and completeness and are subject to change over time. Additionally, while the latitude and longitude values displayed by the map marker suggest a high degree of precision, you should be aware that the underlying Google Maps and source data may not reflect this level of accuracy nor precision.

No Legal or Surveying Use: Due to these potential inaccuracies, this tool is not intended for, and must not be used for, legal, surveying, or any critical decision-making purposes. The information is provided on an as-is basis for general reference and entertainment purposes only. For specific inquiries regarding data accuracy or fitness for use, please consult the original data sources. For decisions requiring precise location data, consult the appropriate government or other authoritative sources, and seek professional legal advice.

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