Thursday, February 18, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: Week 7 - Google Maps

This week's 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy written by Amy Coffin is:

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 chose to map where some of my ancestors lived in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The green pin is where Valentine BLITZ and family lived on Hughes Street.
The red pin is where Frank A HAEFNER and family lived on Franklin Street, now a parking lot.
The blue pin is St. Boniface Church where both families were members and my family still attend.
The yellow pin is the Williamsport Cemetery (also known as the Washington Street Cemetery) where some of the BLITZ family are buried.

It is interesting to look at where these families lived and see how close they were to each other, their church and other locations.

1 comment:

  1. Well done! It is also interesting to note how certain ethnic groups banded together and named their churches and such. In Chicago, for example, you might have 4 Catholic Churches in a half-mile raius, but by looking at the names of the Churches, you could determine that the Germans attemded St. Boniface, the Hungarians attended St. Stephen, the Polish parish was St. Stanislav's, the Irish attended St. Patricks, etc...