Using Historic Maps for Genealogy and Family History

By Lisa Louise Cooke | Genealogy is all about location and maps play a huge role in that part of the family history research process. These article, videos and podcast episodes bring the latest information on available historic digitized maps, and techniques for plotting your ancestors lives and telling their stories.

Historical Maps of Major U.S. Cities and More in New Online Tool

1836 map of New York City compared to modern satellite image, shown with each map in “spyglass” format. Image from David Rumsey Map Collection blog …


David Rumsey Shares Souvenir Map for Early Airline Passengers

A recent blog post at caught my eye because it features a map from the genealogists-love-it David Rumsey map collection. But what captured …



<i>Flour sack dresses show how resourceful housewives of the past “made do” with whatever was at hand. But they weren’t the only clever ones–see how</i> …


14 Best Libraries for Genealogy via Brand New Pinterest Feature

Are you wondering how to find the best public libraries for genealogy research? Travel this very special map on my brand new Pinterest board, and …


Your Family History Show : Episode 98 The Journey Takers, New Sweepstakes, and Liquid Galaxy for Google Earth

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The Growth of US Newspapers, 1690-2011

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Free Google Earth for Genealogy Video Class

<i>Google Earth offers a 360-degree, 3-dimensional way to explore, document and share your ancestor’s world!</i><p>Google Earth is known for its ability to …


Tech Tool for Discovering What Your Speech Reveals About Your Heritage

How you speak can reveal much about your heritage.<p>If you’ve ever lived in or visited the U.S. or Canada, you already know we don’t all speak English …


Follow Your Commuter Ancestors in NYC Subway Maps

If your ancestors lived or worked in New York City, did you know you can follow them home from work? At least virtually.<p>David Pirmann runs a website …


Online Historical Maps: From David Rumsey to the DPLA

Opening pages of rare 1905 Sanborn Map of San Francisco, showing city just before 1906 earthquake. Find the entire map book at the David Rumsey …


3 Reasons You Need the New Version of Google Earth Just Released

Google celebrated Earth Day by releasing Google Earth 7.1 and announcing some great new content! And there are three reasons you will want to make …

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(Free Video Class) Google Earth Helps Genealogist Find Family Business

Gail Rogers in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada recently shared how my presentation on using Google Earth for genealogy helped her find her way to the site of …