While searching Ancestry & FamilySearch, auto-checks county and place, notes boundary changes, shows historical county maps
NEW! Let this FREE tool do the location work for you as you search on Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org
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, this free Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker extension for Google 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!
Install for free today and never let an ancestor fall of the map again!
The Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker Chrome extension makes use of the award-winning randymajors.com Research Hub’s Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps tool, underpinned with the complete dataset of the authoritative Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
It couldn't be much easier!
1. Install the Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker Chrome extension by clicking the "Add to Chrome" button in the upper right corner of this page.
2. Go to any search form on Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org and start typing a place and a year. As you finish typing in each box, the Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker Chrome extension will update information in a box as shown in the screenshots. Note that the information shown is updated based on the last year box and place box you were interacting with.
3. Read the Note and Warning messages that appear about some counties, and click the MAP link to view historical county boundaries for the place/county/state and historical year you are researching. The Auto-Checker first tries to center the map on the city/place/township you are searching for, and if it cannot find an exact match, it centers on the county you are searching for, and as a final fallback centers on the state you are searching for.
4. Using the map, when you find the correct county name for the year you are researching, put that county name in the place search box on Ancestry or FamilySearch in the form "City, County, State, USA"
COOL STUFF: If you are a randymajors.com Research Hub contributor, you can right click on the little blue Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker Chrome extension icon in the upper right corner of your browser window, and choose Options. In that window, check the box called "I am a randymajors.com Research Hub contributor" and you will be given access to FULL-SCREEN, AD-FREE map windows any time you click a MAP link! Learn more here: https://www.randymajors.com/2019/12/enjoy-ad-free-full-screen-map-tools.html
That's all there is to it. Hope the tool helps you discover some "hidden" records!
(When you install the Auto-Checker, you may see a standard confirmation window that states that the extension can “Read and change your data on www.ancestry.com or www.familysearch.org”. Rest assured that the Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker Chrome extension ONLY reads the place and year fields and shows the county information as shown in the screenshots above; it absolutely DOES NOT make any changes to your data whatsoever. No logins or email addresses are required to use the extension!)