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Now you can get access to an AD-FREE version of AncestorSearch on Google Search too!

Back in December, I announced a way to get access to all of the map tools AD-FREE and FULL-SCREEN.

I'm pleased to announce an AD-FREE option is available for AncestorSearch on Google Search as well!

The functionality is identical, but with no ads:

The ad-free versions of the map and search tools are formatted to work equally well on your smartphone or tablet too!

All the details are on this page:  NEW:  Enjoy ALL of the map and search tools AD-FREE and FULL-SCREEN!

GOOD NEWS:  If you have already signed up for access to the ad-free map tools, you now automatically have access to the ad-free search tools as well!  Just look for the "Login to Ad-Free Version" link in the lower-left corner of each map and search tool.

Use your smartphone to instantly know what City, Township and County you are currently in

Have you tried the What County Am I In? tool?  Using your smartphone, it quickly lets you know what county you are currently in...as in where you are standing or sitting right now.

And now, the What County Am I In? tool has been enhanced to also let you know what city you are in (if you are inside incorporated city limits), and what township you are in (if you are in a township).

When you go to the tool's web page (https://www.randymajors.com/p/what-county-am-i-in.html), you'll see a map like the following, and the listing of the city, township and county you are presently in:
What County Am I In example showing city, township and county

In the above, county lines are also shown, and if you check the options in the lower left, you can also see the city limits and township boundaries on the map:
What County Am I In example showing city limits, township boundaries and county lines


When you first use the tool, you will likely get asked for permission to use your current location, like this:

For the tool to function, you must allow permission to know your location.  (Note, your location is not stored by this website, but only used once to determine your city, township and county.)

There are a number of reasons why knowing your current county (or city or township) may be useful, including:

  • determining if you're in your county-based sales territory (or city or township)
  • recording city, township and county information when conducting field research
  • performing volunteer/emergency work
  • determining jurisdiction
  • calculating the correct sales tax
  • noting the city, township and county when doing various hobbies such as geocaching


This is evidently a pretty popular question, as Google search console shows thousands of people seeing this website listed in their search results when they search for:

  • what/which county am i in
  • what township am in in
  • what county am i in now
  • am i in the city limits
  • am i within the city limits


Details:  The location is based on your smartphone's GPS location, and will typically be more accurate when you have both cellular service and WiFi turned on.  Of course, the tool should not be used for legal or land survey purposes, but it's a quick and easy way to check jurisdictions with reasonable accuracy.



County info added to Section Township Range on Google Maps tool, plus a tip for historical county research

Sometimes it's hard to determine where you are when using Section, Township and Range Maps.  So to help provide more geographic context when searching for a land parcel, county information has now been added to the Section Township Range on Google Maps tool.

For example, let's do the following "Find parcel" at the bottom of the map:
Find Parcel on Section Township Range on Google Maps Tool

That will show the following map, now including the county name on top as well as dashed gray lines for the county boundaries, like this:

Note the county name shown in the upper right (highlighted with the red box above), and the county line is just to the left of the blue dot on the map.  So as of today, that parcel is located in Elmore County, Idaho.

But what if you're doing historical research and want to know what county that exact location was part of in December 20, 1879 when your ancestor moved there?  Here's how to find out:

Highlight the Longitude, Latitude numbers and type Ctrl+C to copy them to your clipboard (highlight just the numbers as shown below):

Now, go over to the Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps tool.  Once it loads, simply click into the "Search places" box above the map, type Ctrl+V to paste the values from the clipboard, and choose the first item that appears:


Then simply type 12/20/1879 in the "As of date" box at the top of the map, and feel free to zoom in for a closer look:

You can see that parcel (based on that longitude, latitude pasted) was located in now-extinct Alturas County, Idaho Territory as of 20 Dec 1879.

I hope this addition of county information is useful, and now you know another way to search for places as well, this time using longitude, latitude!


For those who have read this far, if you're interested in Ad-Free, Full-Screen Map Tools, you now have an option to get access to that!  Learn more about it here:  NEW: Enjoy ALL of the map tools AD-FREE and FULL-SCREEN!


Check this post for more background on the Public Land Survey System, aka Township Range, aka Congressional Townships.

Wishing you and your families and friends a wonderful holiday season!

randymajors.com Web Server Status Update

The randymajors.com website had a few intermittent web server issues today where the website could not be accessed.

Fortunately, if you happened to have bookmarked the Ad-Free, Full-Screen Map tools, those versions of the tools WERE NOT affected.

UPDATE:  The entire randymajors.com website should be fully functioning again now.  If you visit the website and the page is not appearing, you can try to press Ctrl+F5 on your keyboard to force a browser refresh.

Thank you for your patience while this was resolved!