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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Google Maps for researching your ancestors

Ever wondered what Google Maps can do for your research into your ancestors?

Well, for those areas where Google provides high resolution images you can see exactly where they lived, worked, got married, were buried etc.

Here is an example of the kind of image resolution you can get from Google Maps - both via Google Earth and through the map API on a web page.

As part of my graveyard transcription project, I've created a Google Map page to show the location of churchyards in one area where I've covered all the churches, and of course, where Google provide high resolution images.

You can zoom right into the churchyard and even see individual gravestones (unfortunately you cannot read the inscriptions... yet).

More interactivity to be added when I have the time to play with the page code.

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