Follow Friday: Place Standardization and GPS

Two website that I’ve found extremely useful in the last few days have been GPS Visualizer and the new FamilySearch StandardFinder.  These are both gems!

GPS Visualizer

GPS Visualizer is super simple to use.  Just add the address, city, state, whatever and it will bring it up on a map – Google or Yahoo.  It not only finds the correct addresses but GPS coordinates as well.


StandardFinder lets you get that defined location.  Genealogists love details.  We thrive on it!  Place names are commonly broken down  into the following: city, county, state (province), country.  So Missoula, Montana (where I’m from) would be broken down to Missoula, Missoula, Montana, United States.  Where StandardFinder comes in is if you don’t know the full place name.  Like I said…a gem!

Hopefully these help you out as much as they have me!


Stay tuned for next Friday because I have one that’s going to blow your socks off!

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