Cool Location Explorer on Google Maps – a Tool for GeoGeeks

Randy Majors is well known for the software tools he creates for genealogists. He adds additional tools to Google Maps that were not invented by Google. Start at to find the earlier articles in this newsletter that describe some of Randy’s inventions.

Randy now has created a new tool that is a bit off-topic for genealogy. However, it undoubtedly will be very useful for many people, genealogists and non-genealogists alike. It’s kind of a location “drill-down” that shows a bunch of different topics (see the image below).

You can find Randy Majors’ new Location Explorer on Google Maps at:

You can also read Randy’s blog post about it at:


Thanks Dick! For convenience, here is a list of the “topics” that the maps cover for any –US place or address:
-City Limits
-County Lines
-State Lines
-ZIP Code Boundaries
-Area Code Boundaries
-US Congressional District Boundaries
-Latitude and Longitude (by request, I’ve also added Township and Range to this map window, where applicable)
-Watershed (also known as Drainage Basin)
-Closest National Park or National Forest, including boundaries
-Slope (the steepness of the land)
-Aspect (the compass direction the land slopes down in)

Be sure and read the usage tips and coverage notes below the map for more info.


I’ve added a new option to the tool to “Show climate info” for any U.S. location. Just click the box at the top of the map, and the following will appear for your chosen location:
Avg Summer High Temp
Avg Summer Low Temp
Change from Historical Summer Avg Temp
Avg Winter High Temp
Avg Winter Low Temp
Change from Historical Winter Avg Temp
Avg Spring/Summer Precip
Avg Fall/Winter Precip
Change from Historical Annual Avg Precip
The definitions for all of these are described in detail below the map, along with legends and other tips. I’ll do a blog post about it at some point.


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