I need a GPS that will allow me to input LAT - LONG
I do allot of genealogy research and need to be able to input the latitude and longitude into a GPS. It seems that most cemeteries are listed in the lat - long format, and are very hard to locate on conventional maps.
I currently own a Garmin C340 which has NO latitude and longitude information at all. I would like to know what is out there and what you think would work best.
Thanks in advance,
that should allow you to enter coordinate data. Mapping handhelds or any gps with "geocaching" ability should be what you're looking for, I think.
At least the 7xx models will
Where To > Coordinates
Both the 2x5 and 7x5 will allow you to enter coordinates.
Or you might want to look at the handhelds to supplement your StreetPilot.
The eTrex H series is very good. The eTrex HC is an affordable model if you don't need turn-by-turn directions on the unit.
If you don't have to input the info in the field then use MapSource to create waypoints using lat - long then upload them to your C340.
You can create a csv file and input the Lat/long as well as input a name for each that shows you where the Lat/long is. Load the file into most Garmins as a POI and you are good to go.
If you have the Garmin Communicator plugin for your browser, you can also plot the coordinates in Google Maps, then send to your GPSr.
The handheld units all allow coordinate input. My nüvi 750 (and therefore the 750 as well) allow input of coordinates in multiple formats.
You can pick up a 750 for about $180 and it's a great unit.
I have created a cvs file with some of the data, unfortunately, as I am doing research in the field, I’ll find a cemetery listed that’s not in my POI file that I need to do research at. I don’t really like the idea of needing two different GPS’s to make this work. I guess I’ll just bite the bullet and find one that will do the trick. Maybe one of my grandkids would like to have a C340 with a bunch of modified voice commands.
Thanks for all the input,
I’ll find a cemetery listed that’s not in my POI file that I need to do research at
Just curious, where are you finding cemetaries listed by lat/lon and not a street address? I don't mean to be antagonistic; it just struck me as odd.
I was surprised when I got my C580 that it did not support viewing or entering coordinates directly.
There is an excellent POI file on this site that has over 100,000 cemataries in the US and the lat-long are in the cvs file. My wife uses it a lot for her research.
I think most (if not all) GPS units allow you to enter Lat Lon coordinates. You just have to find where that screen is located in your menu. It will always be in your "FIND" section where you can enter a house number, an intersection, a POI, or a COORDINATE (which is the Lat Lon input). The format may be different than what you have your Lat Lon in so you may need to convert it. Some Lat Lon use the Degree - Minute - Second.decimal format, some use a Degree - Minute.decimal format, and some use a Degree.decimal format. An easy way to convert to your desired format is a web site that I use http://www.jeepreviews.com/wireless-gps-coordinates/ I hope this helps.
On my Nuvi 255W, I can select the format that I want to use.
Where to>Coordinates>Format. There are 3 to choose from. I use degree.decimal.
I see this file but it only loads about half way. Is it the file on my computer?
I did not notice you have a C340. That unit does not have enough internal memory to load the whole POI file. There are three other regional files, that you can load any ONE of them, so you would have to load which ever one you need at the time.
My point is that it won't download from this website completely to my computer. When I open it in Excel There's only half of it. I wonder if the file is bad.
I just downloaded the zip file to my PC and extracted the Cemeteries.csv file inside.
I think what you are seeing is normal. When I opened it with Excel, I got the message "File not loaded completely." When I jumped to the bottom of the file, the end was at row 65,536, which equals the number of POI entries. That is a maximum limitation within the Excel program.
I opened it in Notepad and Wordpad, but neither program gives you a line count. I wasn't about to count by hand, so...
...I opened it with Word, which I knew gives a word, paragraph and line count. After waiting a minute for my PC to scan through the document, I checked the Line Count under Tools>Word Count... and saw where it found 124,105 lines, or, in this case, POI entries.
The entries are all there.
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