Using Google Maps & Engaging Genealogists

ChicagoAncestors is working to plot historical information about Chicago on maps using Google Maps.  This project was developed by the Newbury Library in Chicago.  We especially like that they’re developing a resource for one of the most avid publics for history, genealogists.  Better yet, they’re co-developing it with genealogists.  

The site is well organized, with five basic sections: Home, Browse, Search, Tools and What’s New.  The What’s New section is essentially a blog where the administrators update new maps like historical restaurants and historical synagogues.  Fun!  

The Tools section includes an extensive list of the Library’s collections that may be of interest to genealogists, including marriage and death records, the records of various government agencies, street directories, and other maps in the collection.

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