Showing posts from 2014


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

#manhattanhenge #manhattansolstice #manhattan #nyc #nycgrid #newyork #newyorkcity #neildegrassetyson #uws #upperwestside #sunset #sunshine #sun #sky #oohahh #w72ndst

Hanging with Malcolm

Brief chat and book signing with Malcolm Gladwell after his great presentation during the Executive Leadership Exchange at the SiriusDecisions Summit. #SDsummit #MalcolmGladwell #Orlando #DavidandGoliath #Blink #TippingPoint

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

Sorry for the site outage the last 24 hours or so. A 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.

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:

Courtesy ESRI and the David Rumsey Map Collection.