Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) – Tombstone Tuesdays September 8, 2020

For some reason, I thought I had posted about Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) – https://geonames.usgs.gov/index.html before now. In doing a search on my posts, I am not seeing any posts about it. It is part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)https://www.usgs.gov/. It is a good system for checking for cemetery locations. Go to https://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=138:1::::::, choose State, wait for it to load, then choose County. Next choose Feature Class and scroll down to Cemetery. You can also for other features

I decided this was a good Tombstone Tuesdays choice. You may find some cemeteries that aren’t listed on other cemetery sites. In some cases, you may find a cemetery that doesn’t have GPS coordinates on another cemetery site but has latitude and longitude on GNIS. It’s not too complicated to turn latitude/longitude into GPS coordinates.  If you choose a particular cemetery or other item, it includes the GPS near the bottom.

Using GNIS, I was able to get GPS coordinates for a Find-A-Grave cemetery that had the wrong GPS coordinates. Google Maps had it five miles to the east, but there was no cemetery when I zoomed in on Google Maps. Using Street View, I was able to start where Google Maps said it was and navigate towards where Find-A-Grave said it was. It was about 2/5 of the way west of where Google Maps said it was. 

It doesn’t include every known cemetery, but only the ones that have been reported to the agency. In a quick check, it’s missing almost half the cemeteries listed on Find-A-Grave for a specific county.

Previous Tombstone Tuesdays posts: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/Tombstone-tuesday/

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