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.


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


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.


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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    Thank you, Carolyn, for this response. Its gratifying to hear that my tool was helpful to you and your volunteers in such important work. Please let me know if you ever think of other mapping tools or overlays that would be helpful in your efforts. I can be reached at firstnamelastname at gmail dot com.
    Best regards,
    Randy Majors


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 🙂


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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