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Randy Majors Announces Auto-Checking of All Location Facts in Ancestry Family Trees Now Available

Randy Majors is a prolific author of numerous utility programs that add extra functionality to various programs of interest to genealogists. To see my past articles of Randy’s past accomplishes, look at my earlier articles by starting at https://blog.eogn.com/?s=%22Randy+Majors%22.

Now Randy has added still another program to his collection of useful tools for genealogists Here is his latest announcement:

Posted: 15 Sep 2020 10:14 AM PDT

While searching on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, the FREE Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker extension for Chrome automatically checks that the county existed in the year you are searching, checks for valid places, warns of boundary changes, and links to historical county lines on Google Maps for the place and years you are searching.

Now, in addition, if you are a randymajors.com Research Hub contributor, the Auto-Checker will ALSO automatically check all U.S. location facts on person profile pages on all Ancestry.com family trees! And your MAP links will open into ad-free fullscreen map windows any time you click a MAP link!

Auto-Check location facts on all Ancestry.com family trees

Randy Majors Releases Another FREE Tool Do the Location Work for You as You Search on Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org

The prolific Randy Majors has released still another software tool that will aid genealogists as they research online. Here is his announcement:

U.S. county boundaries have changed over 17,600 times since America was settled in colonial times. Don’t sabotage your search for ancestors by not knowing the correct county for the historical years you are researching.

While searching on Ancestry or FamilySearch, the free Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker extension for Google Chrome automatically checks that the county existed in the year you are searching, warns of boundary changes, and links to historical county lines on Google Maps for the place and years you are searching!

Randy Majors Releases a Coronavirus Stay-at-Home and Shelter-in-Place Map

Randy Majors is a well-known programmer who creates applications from Google Maps that perform function the programmer at Google never dreamed of. To see some of his past accomplishments, read some of my past articles about his creations by starting at: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+%22Randy+Majors%22.

Unlike most of his early projects, Randy’s latest product is not genealogy-related. He writes:

“To try to help get the information out there, I’ve compiled and have been maintaining a live up-to-date map of all of the U.S. states, counties and cities that have implemented Stay-at-Home/Shelter-in-Place Orders (as well as states with order to close all non-essential businesses. It’s a very actively changing map as you can imagine.

So…Who is Randy Majors and What is the randymajors.com Research Hub Anyway?

Randy Majors is well-known within the genealogy community. He is the person who has created all those add-ons for Google Maps, adding county lines and much more information to the maps than what Google ever imagined.

To read a LOT of Randy’s past announcements by starting at: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+%22Randy+Majors.

Randy is now looking to expand. He wrote:

Still Another Update to Randy Majors’ Genealogy Mapping Web Site

Randy Majors continues to turn Google Maps into a service with many more features than what the Google software engineers ever dreamed of. (See https://tinyurl.com/eogn190903 for my earlier articles about Randy’s many additional features for Google Maps.) Now he writes:

Now feel free to add City Limits to your County Maps — and actually see what’s going on!
(I’ve added automatic coloring to the City Limits so their much easier to see what’s going on.) See https://www.randymajors.com/p/city-limits-on-google-maps.html.

New Tool shows Elevations on Google Maps, all over the world
(a geogeek tool for sure, this one has some cool features like ability to show Elevation Profiles and to see areas of same elevation, etc). See https://www.randymajors.com/p/elevation-on-google-maps.html.

Another Update to Randy Majors’ Genealogy Mapping Web Site

Randy Majors continues to improve his great mapping site that is useful to genealogist and to many others as well. The maps on that site have shown county lines for some time but only displayed the NAME of one county at a time. That has now been changed to show all the names of all the counties being displayed.

You can read about the latest update at https://www.randymajors.com/2019/07/show-me-all-of-names.html.

Randy Majors Adds Still More Functionality to his Genealogy Mapping Web Site that Works with Google Maps: Township, Range, and Section

Randy Majors has to be one busy person! He constantly is adding functionality to his popular genealogy maps web site at https://www.randymajors.com. You can find past examples of that in my earlier articles by starting at: http://bit.ly/2IKHKqC.

Randy has now added Township, Range, and Section information to the maps. He described the new changes this way:

More Enhancements to Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps added by Randy Majors

I have written before (at http://bit.ly/2BiDNWE and at http://bit.ly/2EkIz9e) about Randy Majors’ work to make Google Maps more useful to genealogists. He obviously has not been resting on his laurels. He writes:

Google Maps county line tools on randymajors.com now let you search using your current location

You can now search using your current location on all randymajors.com Google Maps mapping tools (in addition to searching by place, address, etc.):

County Lines on Google Maps (covers U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland)

Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps

ZIP Codes on Google Maps

Latest write-up here: https://www.randymajors.com/2018/12/now-use-your-current-location-on-all.html

How to Filter Search Results from People Search Sites and Social Media Sites

The following was written by Randy Majors, a prolific author of numerous online improvements to various web sites:

Now AncestorSearch can cut through the muck of all of those annoying People SearchSite

Does doing a Google search for your ancestors turn up a ton of results from those annoying People Search websites?  Now you can easily INCLUDE or EXCLUDE those websites from your search based on a new enhancement to AncestorSearch on Google Search!

Now you can filter your AncestorSearch search results to EXCLUDE or to INCLUDE ONLY search results from major people search sites and social media sites.  The options look like this:

AncestorSearch and PeopleSearch Filter Search Results options

You can view the full description of the new functionality below the AncestorSearch tool under the heading “NEW!  How to Filter Search Results from People Search sites and Social Media sites“.

What People Search sites are searched?

These are the people search sites searched by AncestorSearch, listed roughly in order or traffic ranking according to Alexa:

AncestorSearch Alert: Your Ancestor is Long Gone, but Google May Find Something New Tomorrow!

The following is an announcement from Randy Majors, the prolific creator of numerous utility programs that add extra functionality for web sites in order to aid genealogists:

According to an internet study, Google is adding an average of 68 MILLION new web pages to its search index EVERY DAY!

What if one of those new pages contains a mention of your ancestor?

Think of all of the possibilities:  new archives coming online all the time, old books and newspapers being scanned, people writing genealogy blog posts, newly indexed records becoming searchable…and so much more.  So how do you make sure you don’t miss something important?

To make it easier to remain informed about new pages that contain a mention of your ancestor, you can now SET A GOOGLE ALERT in the AncestorSearch on Google Search tool.  After you fill out your search on AncestorSearch, just type your email address and click the “Set Google Alert” button near the bottom of the tool:

AncestorSearch on Google Search Set Google Alert

Here’s a quick example

Have you tried AncestorSearch on Google Search for Searching for Ancestors (or Living People) Lately?

Randy Majors is well-known to readers of this genealogy newsletter. He has created several mapping utilities that add functionality to Google Maps, primarily for use by genealogists. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+%22Randy+Majors%22&t=brave&ia=web for a list of past newsletter articles about Randy and his many Google Maps enhancements.

Now for something completely different. Randy has written a new and somewhat different bit of software to use Google Search (not Google maps) to find ancestors and even for finding living people.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

A notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few minutes ago. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) Facing Up to the Long-term Future of Your Genealogy Society

Win Tickets to MyHeritage LIVE, Including a Free Stay at the Iconic Hilton Amsterdam

Libraries without Librarians

Update: Libraries without Librarians

Randy Majors Adds Still More Functionality to his Genealogy Mapping Web Site that Works with Google Maps: Township, Range, and Section

The Popularity of Your Last Name

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 https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+%22Randy+Majors%22&atb=v132-2_j&ia=web 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).

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.

Displaying County Lines on Google Maps

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

Simple, easy, and very effective. That’s the kind of tool that I appreciate. You can access County Lines on Google Maps at https://www.randymajors.com/p/countygmap.html.

Updates to the AncestorSearch & Historical U.S. County Maps Research Tools

Randy Majors has created a research tool for genealogists called AncestorSearch, which creates a Google search optimized for genealogy searches. You can now filter on Marriages, Births and Deaths (or all three!) by checking the corresponding boxes at www.randymajors.com/p/ancestorsearch.html.

You can now filter on Marriages, Births and Deaths (or all three!) by checking the corresponding boxes.

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