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Can I add new entries to the Geographic Names Information System for manmade and administrative features, such as churches, cemeteries, schools, shopping centers, etc.?

Suggested corrections and additions to the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) data are accepted from any source for review. Upon validation, they will be committed to the database.

For manmade and administrative features, submit the official name of the feature with its precise location in geographic coordinates (latitude/longitude), the state, and county to the GNIS Manager at BGNEXEC@usgs.gov. You must also include a bibliographic reference, which is a written source such as a map, pamphlet, other document, website, sign, etc. in which the name is published. 

GNIS maintains an active and extensive program to add features to the database, primarily through partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies and with other organizations having relevant data.

The GNIS Web-based data maintenance application allows authorized users to enter and edit feature data directly. Batch files of data also are accepted in most standard formats. Government agencies at all levels are encouraged to join the program. Other organizations and individuals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that different procedures are required to suggest a name for a feature that has no published name or to propose that an existing name be changed.

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