Custom Map Tools or Genealogy, you decide

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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

How high are you? That is…What is your elevation?

What Is My Current Elevation screenshot

A quick announcement of two Map Tool enhancements on the randymajors.org website. Check out how high you are… ok, your current elevation ;) with the What Is My Current Elevation? tool. It looks like this: The tool uses your device location, and so is typically more accurate on a mobile device with GPS. With the other tool enhancement, you can determine your current ZIP Code based based on your device location with the What ZIP Code Am I In? tool. Note that this one works based with larger ZIP Code areas. These tools can both be found in the Current … Read more

randymajors.com Website Moved to randymajors.org

randymajors.org Site Screenshot

During the weekend of 19 Dec 2020, the randymajors.com website moved to randymajors.org All tools and pages should automatically forward from randymajors.com to randymajors.org, however, sometimes those forwarding instructions take up to 48 hours to propagate through the internet. So, if you are having trouble getting to the website, just go to https://www.randymajors.org directly. Once there, you should find easier site navigation located across the top of the pages (or if on a mobile device, navigation will be from the hamburger menu in the upper right corner). If you are a randymajors.org Monthly Contributor, you still use the “Sign In … Read more

Quick Links: Reference Maps upgraded to higher resolution, include map labels

Texas County Map

The new Reference Maps section on randymajors.org has been upgraded to include higher resolution map images and map labels.  This applies to the following Reference Maps: County Maps of each U.S. State City Limits Maps of each U.S. State Civil Township Maps by State ZIP Code Maps of each U.S. State Section Township Range Maps by State Using Texas Counties as an example on the County Maps of each U.S. State page, you’ll see this thumbnail: You can click the image thumbnails on the reference map pages to go to the interactive map tool focused on your state of interest. … Read more

New tool shows Civil Townships on Google Maps

Check out the new Civil Townships tool to see township boundaries on Google Maps, with an option to also see township name labels on the map. Civil townships are active levels of government in about 20 states.  They are typically referred to as “towns” in New England, New York and Wisconsin, and are “charter townships” in Michigan.  There are an additional several states beyond the 20 that have “inactive” townships, meaning they have recognizable names that the locals may refer to, but that do not serve a governmental purpose.  Long story short, all of these flavors of townships are shown … Read more

Quick Links: New Reference Maps section on randymajors.org

Reference Maps Section of randymajors.org

Sometimes, you just need a quick reference map image rather than a fancy interactive map tool. Well, for those times, you can now visit the new Reference Maps section of the randymajors.org Research Hub website. On the Reference Map menu, found at the top of every page, you’ll find links to the following state-based map images: County Maps of each U.S. State City Limits Maps of each U.S. State Civil Township Maps by State ZIP Code Maps of each U.S. State Section Township Range Maps by State Using the Civil Township Maps by State as an example, click the image of … Read more

Quick Links: County Maps of all 50 U.S. States

Map of Iowa Counties

If you ever need a map showing the counties of just one state, complete with county name labels, you can find links to those on the aptly titled County Maps of all 50 U.S. States page. For example, clicking the Iowa County Map link on that page will take you to the County Lines on Google Maps tool already filtered to show just Iowa counties, complete with labels.  It looks like this: Once on the page, you can zoom in, turn on city limits and townships in the lower left corner, and so on. Also, if you need to find … Read more