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Finding Place Name Information: World Place Names

This guide contains links to online gazetteers and atlases that can be used to find information on the places and their location. It contains links to resources on the United States, individual states, countries and the World.

World Place Name Resources

GEOnet World Place Names Server - A database of World place names developed from the country gazetteers that were once published by the Defense Mapping Agency (now the National Imagery and Mapping Agency) and its predecessors. It contains place names for over 5 million features throughout the World.

Shtetl Seeker - Shtetl Seeker is a searchable database that provides information on the location of populated places in Eastern Europe, many of which no longer exist.

Undersea Feature Names - Gazetteer of Geographic Names of Undersea Features from the British Oceanographic Data Center.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names - The Getty Thesaurus provides information on place names related to art, architecture, art history and related subjects, such as history and archaeology.