Sometimes when doing your research, it is difficult to locate specific places. There are villages, place names, crossroads, cemeteries and other features for which you know the names but which you cannot locate on a standard map.
The U.S. Geological Survey has a website for its Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) which can provide precise latitude and longitude information for you.Â The site is located at mapping.usgs.gov/www/gnis/gnisform.html and allows you to enter the name of a feature, specify the type of feature it is, the state in which it is located, and even the county. Press enter and the server locates and displays matches for you.
I entered Cooper Cemetery, specified feature type â€œcemetery,â€ and county of Caswell in North Carolina, and was presented with the cemeteryâ€™s latitude and longitude. I then entered no feature name, but specified a feature type of â€œcemeteryâ€ in the county of Talladega in Alabama, clicked Send Query and was presented with fifty-two cemeteries. If they know the cemetery and it’s in their database, your search will locate the cemetery.
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