Learn to Make your own Map
Browse the following tabs to learn how easy it is to make your own map online.
Look for this icon on our map guides to find web sites that have interactive mapping applications. These interactive mapping tools allow you to customize a map online.
Go to our Find a Map page to look for maps by topic.
- Google Maps
- Google Maps: Fusion Tables
- Scribble Maps
- Google Earth
Google Maps: Creating Custom Maps
Watch a video on how to create a “My Map” in Google Maps. This page also has links to directions for adding map features and other content, and how to organize and share your maps.
"With the Custom Maps for Google Maps, you can mark locations, paths, and regions of interest on a personalized map, and share it with the world! You can even add descriptive text, embed photos and videos, and view your map on Google Earth."
“Turn a table of locations into a map.”
Tutorial: Create with Fusion Tables
Video and step-by-step instructions for turning table data into a map and customizing the map. Also has instructions on how to create an intensity map with custom boundaries.
- Fusion Tables Example Gallery
“See how journalists, nonprofits, businesses around the world use Fusion Tables.”
Easily draw on maps and share them.
|Add Custom Images/Overlays||Place Text, Place Markers|
|Create Custom Widgets||Export to Google My Maps|
|Export to Google Earth||Save as KML/GPX/JPG|
|Create 3D JPEGs and Widgets||Send Maps to Friends|
***Video Tutorials on main page, under "Get Started"***
Google Earth Tutorials
Learn how to annotate Google Earth - add placemarks, paths, polygons, photos and videos. Also, how to add GPS or GIS data to Google Earth.
"New to Google Earth and Google Maps? Start here" (Beginner Tutorials)
Watch videos, then click “View full tutorial” for step-by-step instructions.
Spreadsheet Mapper 3
“Spreadsheet Mapper is a powerful tool for mapping point locations. This tutorial shows you how to enter data in an on-line spreadsheet to generate a set of placemarks in Google Earth and Maps.”