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Finding Places

Enter a place name into the field below the map and press the Enter key.

Search Categories

Enable the checkboxes to include results from the following categories in your search:
- Settlements (villages, citys etc.)
- larger units (counties, administrative districts, countries, continents etc.)
- smaller units (streets, city quarters etc.)
- other features (rivers, mountains, battlefields etc.)

Geographical Filters

Show only results that lie on the territory of the selected modern state or enter the name of the desired administrative unit to show only results belonging to the chosen unit.

Datasource(s)

Select the databases you wish to use for your search.
Orbis Latinus database of latin placenames
Orbis Latinus Online (OLO) is based on the three-part print publication of Orbus Latinus from 1972. This online resource allows you to find the modern equivalent of latin place names, as well as the latin names of modern places. "Modern" is relative, because the geographical descriptors may date back to the original time of writing. More information on this may be found in the editorial notice of the digitised version of Orbus Latinus at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. In OLO, every record has a link to the item in the digitalised copy of Orbus Latinus. This enables you to check each record with the original. All place-names have been automatically geo-referenced with coordinates that allow the places to be located on a map. The manual checking of the automatically generated coordinates is still in progress.

German(ic) Place Names in the American Midwest (by Stephan Fuchs)
This dataset provides 770 Germanic place names (634 German, 136 German-related) located across the American Midwest. It includes historic and still existing place names of German and related origin accompanied by additional context and background information. The data is based on broader research on German(ic) places, identity, and heritage in the region, published in 2013. For more background information, please visit the project website.

Geonames.org
Geonames.org is a community-created database of over 10 million place names from all over the world. Due to a Creative-Commons-License, it is freely available and is used by many external web services, like ESRI, Apple, MS Bing Maps, Spiegel Online, BBC and others.

Geonames mainly offers alternative spellings and names for places, including different alphabets. Unfortunately, there is no temporal component to their data.


Open Street Map Nominatim
OpenStreetMap (OSM) is the largest free, community-created collection of Geoinformation. Nominatim is the corresponding Geocoding service. OSM is used by countless applications and WebServices and has close ties to Wikipedia.

Alongside its huge number of entries (which may on the other hand lack slightly in precision) it offers very good classification of objects, but mostly lacks temporal data.

Pleiades Pleiades is a historical gazetteer and more. It gives scholars, students and enthusiasts worldwide the ability to use, create, share, and map historical geographic information about the ancient world. It associates names and locations in time and provides structured information about the quality and provenance of these entities. Pleiades is entirely open-source, and its data contains name, location and date for over 30.000 places from antiquity.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic NamesĀ®
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic NamesĀ® (tgn) is a very voluminous database of world wide place names created by theJ. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

It offers detailed information on larger or more important places, including temporal data.


Yahoo Geocoding Service
Yahoomaps' Geocoding service. Outside the USA, this will only give one result, but can be searched in many languages, varying results correspondingly.

Show further information

Enable the checkboxes to show additional information on your results, such as historic or alternate place names or different spellings. You can further display the political structure (i.e. district, state, federation, continent) of the results. This may slow down your search slightly.

Bounding Box

Use the Bounding Box to limit the search to specific coordinates of your choice. You can either enter specific coordinates in the text fields or use the mouse to draw a box on the map.

Merge Options

Select a minimum distance, results must be apart from each other to be displayed separately - results that are closer together will be merged into one in order to increase clarity.

Language Options

The language your search request (place name) is written in.

Historical filters

Defines the historical period in which you wish to search (not supported by all databases, they will ignore this filter).