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

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

Create a custom Color-Coded map from a spreadsheet containing Counties or ZIP Codes

The Custom Areas on Google Maps tool is being used by hundreds of people per day to create and view custom delivery area maps, service area maps and sales territory maps — helping many small businesses during challenging times. But dozens of people have asked if they could color-code multiple areas on the same map.  For example, people wanted to create a color-coded map to show delivery zones, real estate demand, all of their company’s sales territories, tax incentive zones, incident case rates, climate/environmental classifications and more.  Now you can! Just go to the new Custom Color-Coded Maps tool and use the … Read more

Create a custom area map based on a list of States or ZIP Codes

The Custom Areas using ZIP Codes tool has been enhanced so you can also use U.S. States to define your custom area map. This can be useful to show: service area maps sales territory maps delivery area maps other custom area map of any topic defined by States or ZIP Codes To build a map based on states, create a URL like the following: https://www.randymajors.org/customgmap?states=CO,NM,TX,UT,WY,NE,KS,MO,IL,IN,NY,VT,OH,AR,WA,OR&title=My%20Business%20Coverage%20Area&color=08224c Copy/paste the above URL and edit the list of state abbreviations, the title and the color to use. Here’s what the above map looks like: You can take a screenshot of the static map to … Read more

New feature: DRAW ANY SHAPE on the map to reveal all of the Counties, ZIP Codes, Cities, Townships and more

With all of the Map tools on the randymajors.org Research Hub, you’ve always been able to click on the map to know what ZIP Code, city, county or Section Township and Range that you clicked on. Now with this latest version of the map tools, you can DRAW ANY SHAPE and identify what’s there! Here are the simple steps: Click the “Drawing Tools…” button on the left side of the map Select the shape you want to draw (line, custom polygon or rectangle) in the upper left corner Draw any shape on the map and double-click the map when you’re … Read more

Which U.S. states have which levels of local government…and why should I care?

This topic is more complicated than it sounds, so I’ll attempt to keep it high level. Whether you’re doing present-day or historical research about a place, it’s important to know which levels of local government exist in the state you are researching (e.g. counties, cities, townships).  Why should you care? It may determine which place houses the records you’re looking for The exact location often determines which local taxes are levied and which local laws are applicable  It determines who has jurisdiction for a given location (e.g. police, sheriff, etc.) In addition to providing some definitions, I’ll also point you … Read more

Check out the new Custom Maps on Google Maps tool

The new Custom Maps on Google Maps makes it easy to create your own custom Google Map using any combination of ZIP Codes, counties, cities and more! You can use this tool to quickly create: sales territory maps delivery area maps service area maps …all on Google Maps! If your territory is composed of dozens of ZIP Codes, you can choose to ‘merge’ them to show an overall territory boundary.  Then, add your own title to the map, and even choose colors. An example link you create looks like this: https://www.randymajors.org/customgmap?zips=10023,10024,10025,10026&zipboundary=show&title=My+Service+Territory The resulting map would look something like this: Be … Read more

New tool shows what county you are in right now

“What county am I in?” That’s one of the most common Google search terms that people use where randymajors.org appears in Google’s search results page. Given that’s evidently a popular query, I thought I’d make it easy for people to immediately get the answer to their question.  Just go to this page: www.randymajors.org/what-county-am-i-in Or even easier, you can just click this to see what county you’re currently in: what-county-am-i-in.com You’ll get a map with the answer at the top, like this: TIP:  If you’re traveling about and already have the map open, you can just click the “⊕ Locate” button in … Read more

Now feel free to add City Limits to your County Maps — and actually see what’s going on!

This enhancement pertains to the County Lines on Google Maps and Elevation on Google Maps tools. As you may already know, you can choose to show US City Limits on your county lines map by checking the “Also show US city limits” checkbox in the lower left corner of the map. If you’ve done that before, and happened to be looking in a busy metro area, you get a somewhat jumbled mess of red lines, making it hard to distinguish counties and cities.  Here’s what it used to look like: Now, when you check the “Also show US city limits” checkbox, … Read more

New Tool shows Elevations on Google Maps, all over the world

With the new Elevation on Google Maps tool, you can find the elevation of any place worldwide. Use the “Search places” box to type an address, city or other place, and see it’s approximate elevation, or just explore by clicking around the map.  In addition to elevation, the tool will also display other information about your chosen location, such as city, county, state, country and latitude/longitude. Here’s an example showing the historic center of Mexico City at about 7,359 feet: Want to see an elevation profile along your path or route? Just click the blue “Elevation Profile…” button on the left … Read more