29 March 2014

AncestorSearch and the Historical Google Maps tools are back in action!

Sorry for the site outage the last 24 hours or so. A blogger.com configuration change triggered it, but all is back in working order now:

AncestorSearch using Google Custom Search: searches using the full power of Google, and then filters exceptionally well so you're more likely to find mentions of ancestors you otherwise might miss buried in thousands of Google search results.  Many people are surprised at what AncestorSearch finds, even for ancestors that they had searched for exhaustively over the years.

Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps interactive tool: find the correct U.S. jurisdictions for the place and historical timeframe you're researching.  Then, overlay research locations on the map such as courthouses, cemeteries, churches, and libraries, and link right to them for more information.

Historical World Political Boundary Maps interactive tool: find the correct world country boundaries for the place and historical timeframe you're researching

Let me know in the Comments if you're having any problems with accessing these.

Also, many thanks to all the past mentions of how these tools have helped in your research!  Hearing of your discoveries makes it well worth the time and effort it takes to create and maintain these tools.

01 February 2014

Viewport to 1836 New York

Explore present-day New York City with a viewport using an 1836 map.

Try Swapping Views using the button in the upper right.  Link: http://goo.gl/DRXIdP

Courtesy ESRI and the David Rumsey Map Collection.

20 January 2014

Google Autocomplete Reveals Each State's Hottest-Trending Law

Type  [State] passes  into Google, and see each state's hottest trending law or bill as of today...according to almighty Google Autocomplete*.  (you'll need to click the map in order to read the labels)

One can certainly see the regional variation of what our state legislatures are spending time on.  Some of these are good and noble, some bizarre, and some may be downright frightening.  You be the judge.

* Note that some of what Google Autocomplete shows may not be a current law or bill that appears at the top of the Autocomplete list when  [State] passes  is typed into Google.  This must certainly be the case when "Georgia passes" is typed into Google and Autocomplete says "Georgia passes new slave code" as the top choice.  So, consider this Google Autocomplete map to be kind of interesting, but to be taken with a big grain of salt.

28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from nyc!

Here's Snoopy and Woodstock in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, taken from our rooftop deck in nyc.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!