Showing posts from December, 2019

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 and Search Tools, you now have an option to get access to that!  Learn more about it here:  NEW: Enjoy ALL of the map and search 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! Web Server Status Update

The 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 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!

Enjoy ALL of the map and search tools AD-FREE and FULLSCREEN!

Over the years, I've had lots of requests for a way to subscribe to the map and search tools on rather than having advertisements displayed.

This has been a challenge, as I want to keep the tools free of charge for everyone to use, and the advertising helps offset the significant costs associated with the development and operation of the tools.

I'm excited to say that you now have an opportunity to choose what works best for you:

Free map tools supported by advertising, OR...
Ad-free fullscreen version of County Lines on Google Maps tool
Make a small monthly contribution to enjoy AD-FREE FULLSCREEN map and search tools

The above screenshots are from the County Lines on Google Maps tool, but ALL map and search tools on now have an ad-free, fullscreen version like what is shown on the right side above.*

Here's how the ad-free version works:

  1. You decide how much you want to contribute as part of an automatic monthly subscription.  ALL DOLLAR AMOUNTS give you access to ALL map and search tools; the dollar amounts shown below are suggestions based on how many tools you use.
  2. You get access to ad-free fullscreen versions of ALL map and search tools for any dollar amount you contribute
  3. NEW!  The recurring monthly contribution can be set up using ANY MAJOR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD or you can use your PayPal account.  You can cancel your contribution at any time and go back to using the free map and search tools supported by advertising. 

Contribute here: Research Hub logo
A small monthly contribution gives you access to ALL
Google Account e-mail*:
* Requires a Google Account to sign in to the Ad-Free map & search tools
Or, say thank you with a one-time contribution: 
Note, the one-time contribution does NOT provide ad-free access nor include any of the benefits shown at this link, but is much appreciated to help support the development and maintenance of the tools on this website

Upgraded functionality to the Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker Chrome extension for Contributors

NEW!  Are LOCATION ERRORS in your tree keeping you from finding records?

TREE FACT-CHECKING:  In addition to the current functionality on and search forms, being a Contributor adds Auto-Checker functionality to all of the U.S. locations in all of the facts on all Person profile pages in trees!  The screenshot below shows an example (click for a larger view):

Plus, when you link through to the maps as shown above, you'll be using the ad-free fullscreen maps!  To contribute, simply click the yellow Contribute button in the blue form above.

  • Once you contribute, you'll receive a login email right away giving you access to the ad-free fullscreen map tools; login using your Google Account email (usually a gmail address).
  • Then, click the Auto-Checker blue Chrome extension icon in the upper right of your browser and check the box at the bottom that says "I am a Research Hub Contributor".  
  • Now go to any person profile page on any family tree and you'll automatically see the enhanced Auto-Checker functionality next to each fact containing a U.S. location on the page, as shown in the screenshot above!

I hope you enjoy this option.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Happy mapping and searching!

* The ad-free version is available for ALL MAP AND SEARCH TOOLS, including: