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A Quick Tip for determining a county online.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  At a recent lecture you mentioned a website you use on occasion to determine a county.  I did not write it down, and so I hope you can refresh my memory.


Answer: The website I use from time time to locate a county, or to determine how many towns, villages, or cities of a similar name is the Family History Library Catalog.  The new version of the catalog will automatically fill in the returns of the location you type in the place name search.  I also welcome other readers of this blog to mention sites they use. as well as Google.  The Family History Library Catalog website can be reached directly:


Posted by David Lambert at 03/17/2011 11:52:48 PM | 

As bad as Wikipedia is in many respects, it is a good source of county information. I search for the city and state using Google then click over to the Wikipedia article. The advantage is that Wikipedia usually gives a short history of the county and its historical predecessors as well as listing the neighboring counties and showing the current county location on a state map.
In addition, the article generally includes a link to the actual county's website.
Posted by: 98bacbb7-c54d-4d1f-b01d-5c3774ebe2d2 ( Email ) at 3/20/2011 2:39 PM

Another site that I've used frequently in the past is the NACo (National Association of Counties) Find a County page at You can search by state, name of county, city/town, or zip code. Each county also has a page that lists all the cities/towns that exist in the county.
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