Proposals to change the name of a natural feature may be submitted to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names as described below. However, there must be a compelling reason. The Board is responsible by law for standardizing geographic names throughout the...
Please submit information indicating precisely what you believe is in error to GNIS Manager. The Names data experts will investigate and validate the data, enter appropriate corrections where needed, and advise you of the results. 
Yes, GNIS actively seeks names of features that no longer exist. There are more than 100,000 such entries in the database now. To search for them, type the word "(historical)" (along with other name words if desired) in the name field. It is advisable to...
The term "historical" as used in the GNIS means specifically and only that the feature no longer exists on the landscape. It has no reference to age, size, condition, extent of habitation, type of use, or any other factor. For example, a ghost town is...
The elevation data in GNIS are not official.Only the geographic name and locative attributes are official.The elevation data are from the National Elevation Dataset of the U.S. Geological Survey for the primary location of the feature (Coordinates...
Suggested corrections and additions to the data are accepted from any source for review, and upon validation, will be committed to the database.For manmade and administrative features, submit the official name of the feature, its precise location in...
The official form of the name might not correspond exactly to the words entered. However, the software is very flexible. Here are some guidelines.Enter key word or words or leading letters of words in the name of the desired feature or features. (Note:...
The GNIS contains named communities, both incorporated and unincorporated, but these communities do not necessarily correspond to ZIP Code areas. ZIP Codes are unofficial entities developed and maintained by the U.S. Postal Service solely for the purpose...
The USGS Geographic Names Project maintains an active and extensive program to add features not in the database, primarily through partnerships with Federal, State, and local agencies, and with other organizations having relevant data.The GNIS Web-based...
One might confuse the difference between degrees/minutes/seconds and Decimal Degrees. To convert from decimal degrees to degrees/minutes/seconds with 45.63248 as an example:1) Subtract 45, leaving only the decimal .63248. Keep 45 for later reference.2)...