Monday, February 22, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #7

Last week's challenge (because I'm late, again): Play with Google Maps. This is a helpful tool for determining the locations of addresses in your family history. Where your ancestral homestead once stood may now be a warehouse, a parking lot or a field. Perhaps the house is still there. When you input addresses in Google Maps, don’t forget to use the Satellite View and Street View options for perspectives that put you were right there where your ancestors once stood. If you’ve used this tool before, take sometime and play with it again. Push all the buttons, click all the links and devise new ways it can help with your personal genealogy research. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experiences with Google Maps, or suggest similar easy (and free) tools that have helped in your own research.

I really liked the Google maps option to pinpoint locations. I think it can be a real good illustration for people or families that moved around a lot. Below is a map where I pinpointed the address where my grandparents (Adolph Knura and Henriette Geertruida Lamboo) lived right after they were married.

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I also liked the Streetview option, but I think it's important to keep in mind that the pictures are recent. Below is the Streetview picture of the address from the map above, but I know these houses are all new. This wasn't how it looked when my grandparents lived there. Still, it's nice to see.

All in all, I like Google maps, but mostly for the pinpointing feature and not so much the streetview option.

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