Update on Displaying County Lines on Google Maps

In the September 5, 2018 newsletter, I posted a short announcement of Randy Majors’ efforts at improving Google Maps for genealogists’ use. I wrote:

“Google Maps doesn’t show county boundaries, so Randy Majors created a tool to display them. The tool is simple to use. Simply enter a place name and then click “GO.” The normal Google Map commands of Plus (+) and MINUS (-) can be used to zoom in and out on the displayed map.”

It seems that Randy hasn’t been resting on his laurels! He has since added even more functionality:

  • He has now added the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Switzerland county lines to the same tool!
  • You can view counties across multiple states at the same time.

You can find a brief write-up with a couple of screenshots at: https://www.randymajors.com/2018/09/county-lines-across-pond-uk-and-ireland.html.

The county lines remain available at: https://www.randymajors.com/p/countygmap.html.

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Google Maps does show counties for the US. For Ireland also.

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Yes, I was going to post the same thing. It doesn’t show them all the time, but if you search for XXXX County, it shows the county boundary.

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I want to take this opportunity to thank you for originally posting this article about county lines on Google Maps. In addition to my genealogy work, I am a disaster responder with the American Red Cross. When Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, the damage was so vast that we divided the state into 6 districts, and it became an issue of identifying which counties were in each district. I remembered your article about Google Maps and used your link to Randy’s tool to outline counties and identify districts. It was a real time-saver for my team. A huge thank you to both of you!

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Yep, I mentioned you can see one county at a time in Google Maps in my posts https://www.randymajors.com/2018/08/you-cant-see-us-county-boundaries-in.html but the tool was created so you can see all of them at the same time 🙂

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I was responding to Dick Eastman’s remark that “Google Maps doesn’t show county boundaries,”. Indeed your efforts provide additional functionality. Thank you for your work.

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