NACO: Geographic Headings in the U.S.
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United States

Use the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), the database of the U.S. Geological Survey , at URL: http://www-nmd.usgs.gov/www/gnis/gnisform.html

Example: [GNIS search for Woodleaf, Calif.; two Woodleafs found]

Feature Name: Woodleaf
State: California
County: Napa
Feature Type: populated place
Elevation: 396
USGS 7.5' x 7.5' Map: Calistoga
Latitude: 383520N
Longitude: 1223621W
Feature Name: Woodleaf
State: California
County: Yuba
Feature Type: populated place
Elevation: 3130
USGS 7.5' x 7.5' Map: Clipper Mills
Latitude: 393103N
Longitude: 1211126W
Cite as:
    670 GNIS, Oct. 11, 1996áb(Woodleaf, California, pop. pl., Yuba County, 39.31N, 121.11W; another Woodleaf in Napa County, Calif.)
      NOTE: Express the latitude and longitude in degrees and minutes. It is not necessary to include the seconds.
When access to GNIS is not available, use Rand McNally commercial atlas and marketing guide, 1009.746.61e -- current volume in SXF (ready reference)