Using Google Map to find Lat and Long
admin Tue, 04/28/2009 - 12:01
The other day I found another feature of Google Maps. You can Use Google Maps to find Latitude and Longitude (Lat / Long) of a point, and its pretty easy. This is a great feature that can be used to add Lat / Long information to your gedcom file. The software that I use (PGV) has a Google Maps module built into it, so this feature is not as important to me, but other may find it interesting.
To find the Lat / Long of a point here is what you need to do:
- Open your favorite web browser (Firefox, or Internet Explorer, etc..) and go to google maps (http://maps.google.com)
- Find the point of interest that you want the Lat / Long for.
- Using your mouse, right click above the point and you should get a little screen that looks like the picture on the right.
- You can see that there is now a new box that has several options, choose the last option which says "Center Map Here"
- Now that you have centered the map on your point of interest, you need to copy and paste the following into the address bar of your Browser:
- The Lat / Long will be displayed in a new box on top of the screen. You can cut and paste these into your Genealogy Program.
This is a useful tool, but it only really works with your point of interest centered. If you do not center the map (steps 3 and 4 above) it will not give you the best Lat / Long point. This only gives you the Lat / Long for the center of the map so....
There are several websites that have taken this little trick and turned it into a more useful solution, where all you have to do is navigate to your point of interest, and the Lat / Long are displayed below. One of the easiset websites that I found to do that was:
Next time that you need to find Lat / Long for somewhere keep this in mind.