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Using the Google Earth Overlay tool

by Mickey Mellen on Mar.28, 2014, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

A few months ago we took a look at some of Eric Stitt’s work on genealogy on his blog, and he continues to produce very useful tips. His latest post goes into detail about Overlays, which can be useful to Google Earth users of all levels.

ny township overlay

In researching his past, overlays can be a very valuable tool as he explains here:

I have used overlay for flying routes, shipping lanes, and mostly used for plat maps. I love plat maps, it’s like my little window to the past. You can take a plat map, stretch it over the township your ancestors lived in and then use that to figure out where things from the past laid in today’s land. For instance, how many times have you see a old farm field turn into a subdivision? What I have done is place that plat map over the township and then used placemarkers to mark the Church, School, and Cemetery and then my polygons to mark the farm.

To learn more, check out Eric’s full post or read more of our posts related to overlays.

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Genealogy through Google Earth

by Mickey Mellen on Jan.14, 2014, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

Eric Stitt has been using Google Earth to track genealogy for a long time, and has just started up a new blog that focuses exclusively on that — Genealogy Through Google Earth.  His ideas are pretty solid, and here is where he’s coming from:

We all know that Genealogy and Family research doesn’t always happen in your back yard. We can’t just get in the car and drive across the states to visit the old homestead, and I know I’ll be camped out in line when we figure out time travel. But what if you could visit that old homestead or scroll back in time when your neighborhood was an old farm field, Google Earth can do that.

genealogy

Eric has been posting for a long on Genealogy by Eric, and plans to continue to do so as he starts writing on the new site.  His basic plan is to “start out describing how I use Google Earth in my family history and then move towards sharing more advanced features”. He has a couple of posts up there already, and it should provide an interesting look into a new use for Google Earth.

Check it out at genealogythroughgoogleearth.blogspot.com.

Nice work, Eric!

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