08 December 2018

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

This enhancement applies to the following tools:

County Lines on Google Maps
ZIP Codes on Google Maps
Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps

On all of these randymajors.com mapping tools, you always had to start by typing in a city, address, place, etc. and then clicking the "Go!" button.

Now with this latest enhancement, if you want to know more about your current location, you can just click the "Use current location" buttons (shown at left and highlighted in red below) and the map will immediately zoom in to your current location.




Depending on which of the above tools you're using, once the map zooms in,  the name of the current county, ZIP Code, or historical county will appear, along with all of the applicable boundaries.

How might this be useful?
- You're on the road and standing on your ancestor's farm and want to know what county the farm was part of back in 1850
- You're in an unfamiliar area and want to know where nearby research locations are where you can dig deeper (e.g. courthouses, libraries, cemeteries)
- You're travelling in a rural area (and not sure of a town name or address to type, or it's inconvenient to type) and you need to determine your current county or ZIP Code
- I've heard of people using the tool for a wide variety of other uses that benefit from quickly finding out your current county, from geocaching to real estate title work to disaster support relief

Feel free to share in the comments if you have other uses for this!

Technical note:  The "Use current location" functionality will be more accurate on smartphones and other devices containing a GPS.  It will work on most desktop browsers as well, but will typically be more of an approximate location.