Convert Address to Township, Range, and Section
- Enter your address in the box below and click "Search Address." Address location is provided by Google geolocation service.
- Please check that location is accurate. If not, see step 4.
- An information window will appear listing the County, Township, Range, and Section for the marker location. Also listed is the Principal Meridian from which that area was surveyed, USGS 7.5-minute Quadrangle name, and Latitude/Longitude coordinates.
- If you would like to move the marker due to an incorrect geolocation, first close the information window by clicking on the "X" in the top right corner, then drag the marker to a new location. A new information window will appear with the new location information.
ISGS PLSS Data Explanation
The data set within the Google Maps viewer contains Illinois Public Land Survey System (PLSS) boundaries.
The data were digitized in the late 1960s, early 1970s, and in 1984-85 from 7.5 and 15-minute USGS topographic quadrangles. Errors in the location of a given feature are dependent on the accuracy of the original maps and on the accuracy of digitizing. Estimates are that features have an average locational error of approximately plus/minus 100 feet. Some areas of the state have a locational error of approximately 600 feet.
Major roads have typically been laid out along section boundaries spaced one mile apart. If your location is within 200 feet of a section line, you may want to check the accuracy of the section line using the appropriate USGS topographic map.
In areas of French colonization land grants, where PLSS sections were not actually surveyed, sections and section lines have been added (estimated).
A graphic overview of the township and range system in Illinois is available in ISGS Circular 451.
The Illinois State Geological Survey and the University of Illinois make no guarantee, expressed or implied, regarding the correctness of the interpretations presented in this data set and accept no liability for the consequences of decisions made by others on the basis of the information presented here.
Updated 02/02/2012 AGL