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Various Identification Codes ...

GNIS Codes ...

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. The BGN will usually recognize an existing name or, when necessary, chose a new name for a geographic feature (such as a mountain, lake, river, stream, city, town, village, dam, bridge, etc).

The BGN names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) and it is the official Federal repository. The GNIS is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A unique and permanent numeric code has been assigned for each name in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive and it is intended that they are to be used by all departments of the Federal Government:

GNIS ID for Putnam: 1022114

GNIS ID for Moore County: 1008573

GNIS ID for North Carolina: 1027616

FIPS Codes ...

In a past effort, various federal agencies created a set of codes with a purpose similar to the GNIS codes. These codes are called the Federal Information Processing Standard (or the FIPS 55 codes). Although they are still used by some organizations, the FIPS codes are obsolete and will ultimately be replaced by the GNIS codes.

The following FIPS codes apply to Putnam:

Place (Community) Code:  54340
State Code:  37 (North Carolina)
County Code:  125 (Moore County)

Since the Place and County FIPS codes are not unique and can be repeated in other States, it's necessary to combine the State code with the Place and County FIPS codes to uniquely identify them - for example:

State/Place Code:  37/54340
State/County Code:  37/125

As already mentioned, the FIPS codes are to be replaced by the GNIS codes. The following reflect those changes:

 FIPS Code   translates to   GNIS Code
State of North Carolina:    37   1027616
Moore County:    37/125   1008573
Putnam:    37/54340   1022114

GPS Location - GNIS Coordinates ...

An important aspect of the GNIS code is that it assigns a GPS location (the latitude/longitude) to the geographic feature. This location is simply a point on the map and does not represent the size or shape of the feature. In the case of Putnam, it is a point within Putnam that might be a post office, the city hall or simply an intersection - the point should really be considered arbitrary and only indicating a general location.

For Putnam, the GNIS GPS location is given as:

Lat:   35°26'40" N   (or 35.44° N)

Lon:   -79°28'12" W   (or -79.47° W)

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Putnam is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Putnam is located in Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Putnam is located in Region IV (Region 4).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1022114   (Name of Record: Putnam)

Class: populated place

A place or area having clustered or scattered buildings and a permanent population (such as a city, settlement, town or village). The boundaries may or may not coincide with the perceived population.

A 'populated place' record may have a corresponding 'census' or 'civil' record. The information contained in the 'populated place' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'census' and 'civil' classes.

County: Moore

Map Name: Putnam

Lat: 35.4445933       Lon: -79.4700251

Elev: 138

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 37/54340   (Place Name: Putnam)

County: Moore     (FIPS State/County: 37/125)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Putnam) that is wholly or substantially located outside the boundaries of any incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) that has an authoritative common name recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Putnam. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Moore County

The Panormaio website contains photo collections that might contain pictures for the area around Putnam:

Working on your genealogy? We always start with these websites when searching in and around the area of Putnam and Moore County:

Cyndi's List for the State of North Carolina,
        for Moore County
Family Search for the State of North Carolina,
        for Moore County
USGenWeb for the State of North Carolina

We have a longer, more detailed list of websites on our Genealogy Helper Page for Putnam.

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau


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