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

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

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

Thank you for the feedback! Now, what have I done with it?

Thank you to the 182 people that provided valuable feedback via the user survey I had running over the last 30 days on the randymajors.org map and search tools. This post provides a brief summary of the feedback, as well as a handful of enhancement ideas that came from the surveys. First, what are people using the tools for? Given the history of this website, it’s no surprise that the largest proportion of users use the tool for genealogy purposes, especially the Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps and AncestorSearch: Google Custom Search tools. However, it was quite interesting to see … Read more

County Lines on Google Maps enhancements, Time Zones and Area Codes tools released

QUICK LINK TO THE MAP TOOL:  County Lines on Google Maps This is just a quick note to let you know of a few enhancements to the County Lines on Google Maps tool, as well as the release of the worldwide Time Zones on Google Maps tool. First, for the county lines tool: 1.  When searching in the US, you can now choose to also show City Limits at the same time as County Lines.  Just check this little box in the lower left corner of the map: With “Also show US city limits” checked, you’ll be able to click on … Read more

How can I improve the randymajors.org mapping and search tools for you?

With many tools getting quite a lot of usage on the randymajors.org website, it’s a good time for me to ask users what I can do to improve the tools. I’d be grateful if you would take a few minutes to provide feedback on the tools you use by following the links below.  Your feedback will help ensure I focus on the things that are most important (including new tools you wish existed!). Please click links or images below to be taken to the survey for that tool.  Your responses will remain anonymous.  (Visit the tools using the links on … Read more

Latitude and Longitude now displayed on County Lines on Google Maps tool

A few users have requested the ability to see the latitude and longitude for their chosen location while using the County Lines on Google Maps tool.  This functionality has now been added. As usual, just start by typing in a place name or address for which you want to see nearby county lines, then click “Go!”.  Now, in addition to seeing the county name at the bottom of the map, just below that you will also see the latitude and longitude for the red map marker, as shown below: The latitude and longitude displayed is for the red map marker, … Read more

Now use your current location on all randymajors.org mapping tools!

This enhancement applies all of the mapping tools on this website: County Lines on Google Maps ZIP Codes on Google Maps City Limits on Google Maps Township Range on Google Maps Location Explorer on Google Maps Climate Info on Google Maps Time Zones on Google Maps Area Codes on Google Maps Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps On all of these randymajors.org mapping tools, you always had to start by typing in a city, address, place, etc. Now with this latest enhancement, if you want to know more about your current location, you can just click the “⊕ Locate” buttons in the upper … Read more

First County Lines, now ZIP Code boundaries on Google Maps!

QUICK LINK TO ZIP CODES:  ZIP Codes on Google Maps QUICK LINK TO COUNTY LINES:  County Lines on Google Maps After the great response to my County Lines on Google Maps tool, I’ve heard a number of suggestions for other types of boundaries that Google Maps doesn’t show.  One that has come up a number of times is for ZIP Codes. Yes, you can see one ZIP Code boundary at a time on Google Maps desktop version, but that’s of limited use if you’re trying to see all of the ZIP Codes in an area and don’t know what they are … Read more

County Lines on Google Maps tool adds coverage of 4 more countries

Just a quick note to let you know that New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland have been added to the County Lines on Google Maps tool! Update as of 29 Dec 2018:  Mexico Municipalities have been added, which are the next level administrative division below State. So, the full line-up of countries where you can see counties is: – United States – United Kingdom – Ireland – Australia – New Zealand – Canada – Mexico – Switzerland Please note that not all countries use counties. So in those cases, the tool will show the administrative division that exists between the state … Read more