21 November 2015

Take me to the tools

Looking at search statistics on my websites, it seems the vast majority of people who visit this site are looking for a few tools I've created.  So this post is simply to make it easy to find those tools, starting with the most popular:

AncestorSearch using Google Custom Search
Searches using the full power of Google, and automatically applies advanced Google search techniques so you're much more likely to find mentions of ancestors that are otherwise buried in thousands of Google search results.  Great for genealogy and also searching for living people.  Linked to by over 100 professional and amateur genealogy sites, this tool has received over 80,000 visits.

Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps interactive tool
County boundaries change over time.  With this tool, you can make sure you're looking in the right county for the place and historical years you're researching.  Then optionally overlay research locations on the map such as courthouses, cemeteries, churches, and libraries, and link right to them for more information.  Over 30,000 visits to this tool.

Let'sWalkTo, food & fun you can walk to right now
Helps you find restaurants, bars and entertainment within walking distance from wherever you might be, whether at home or travelling.  Just choose what you're looking for and how long you want to walk.  Then optionally filter with keywords, see ratings, link to walking directions and more.

Find the correct world country boundaries for the place and historical timeframe you're researching.

13 March 2015

Let's walk to...

Having recently made a move from the great walkable city of New York to Colorado, I wanted to maintain an active lifestyle and great walkability to restaurants, bars, entertainment, etc.  So, being a bit of a tech and map geek, I developed a new website to help find restaurants, entertainment, etc. within walking distance of wherever I may be.

The website is free (LetsWalkTo.com), and it could be useful if you:
  • are planning a trip and want to find a hotel that’s close to restaurants and entertainment
  • just moved to a new area and want to explore what’s nearby
  • are travelling in a new city and not sure where to go out
  • want to get a good, long walk in on your lunch break, and want to grab a bite along the way
  • are considering relocating and want to ensure you pick a walkable neighborhood
  • you’re stuck in a rut and want to find something new to try
  • want to see how far you could walk in a given time to get in some exercise
  • want to find a place to reward yourself with a beer after your 45 minute walk J

Give it a try, and please let me know in the comments how it works for you and if you have suggestions for how to improve it.

12 July 2014

Connecting With Nature

My daughter Megan has become quite the artist...and entrepreneur. Very proud of her :)

Check out her online store here: http://etsy.com/shop/ConnectingWithNature

She makes iPhone cases, candles, canvases etc. made from hand-picked dried flowers. 

31 May 2014


Manhattanhenge - the pretty rare times that the setting sun lines up with the Manhattan street grid.  A sight to behold. 

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