Genchat – Mapping and Google Earth – 2015-10-09

#Genchat : Mapping and Google Earth

_genchatOct 10, 1:01pm via Nurph

I hope to hear a lot of great tricks, because I know I could do more with Google Earth specifically. #genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:02pm via Nurph

So… since you are all going to teach me tonight… #genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:02pm via Nurph

Q1: What is so special about Google Maps and/or Google Earth? What makes them different than other maps? #genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:02pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

Details and personalization…
#genchat

Bevno59Oct 10, 1:03pm via tchat.io

A1 interactive #genchat

geneapleauOct 10, 1:03pm via tchat.io

and…A1 you can personalize them!#genchat

geneapleauOct 10, 1:03pm via tchat.io

and…A1 you can personalize them!#genchat

SallyOnTheGoOct 10, 1:03pm via tchat.io

A1 zooming, labels and overlays, satellite view, … 🙂 #genchat

SeekingSurnamesOct 10, 1:03pm via TweetDeck

A1: We can travel the earth at street level. That’s pretty special! #genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:03pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A1 Don’t y’all LOVE Street view? I can see the actual houses/buildings #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:03pm via tchat.io

A1: You can add or remove what you want to see. Different views, see what’s there.#genchat

tekw1960Oct 10, 1:04pm via Twitter Web Client

@_genchat #genchat for me Google Maps and Google Earth are interactive, and can look at most locations as if I was there.

GhyxionOct 10, 1:04pm via tchat.io

Sometimes … Most of mine Not RT @melaniemccomb: @_genchat If you have the exact address, you can do a street view of the home #genchat

mfhy2kOct 10, 1:04pm via Twitter for Android

Dont know many tricks but I have mapped out the path of one family members life#genchat

Bevno59Oct 10, 1:04pm via tchat.io

A1 see what used to be there over time#genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:05pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

@SallyOnTheGo – Yeah, I’ve been a stalker online on the maps as well. Such fun and so helpful! #genchat

DrGranmaOct 10, 1:06pm via tchat.io

@celialewis @SallyOnTheGo How do you stalk online? #genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:06pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

@SparrowBeth73 @DrGranma Overlays – transparent – can be added, making it fabulous! #genchat

tekw1960Oct 10, 1:06pm via Twitter Web Client

#genchat but so far the most I have used it for is to take photos (screenshots) of houses.

SNiblickOct 10, 1:06pm via Hootsuite

A1: you can add overlays and mark locations #genchat

SNiblickOct 10, 1:07pm via Hootsuite

A1 cont: I think sometimes you can view the area over time. #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:07pm via tchat.io

@geneapleau @DrGranma There is an app where you can lay an old map over the current location. Very cool! #genchat

SeekingSurnamesOct 10, 1:08pm via TweetDeck

OMGosh, you can ride the train through Switzerland! Try it!! 🙂 #genchat

Chris Wright @tekw1960

#genchat but so far the most I have used it for is to take photos (screensh

melaniemccombOct 10, 1:08pm via Hootsuite

Are there any tricks to do historical overlays in GoogleMaps? #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:08pm via tchat.io

You can make a video on Google Earth, narrate it and send to family. #genchat

SeekingSurnamesOct 10, 1:08pm via TweetDeck

OMGosh, you can ride the train through Switzerland! Try it!! 🙂 #genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:09pm via Nurph

Let’s roll with that for now – I can come back to my list later. #genchat

llawson3967Oct 10, 1:09pm via Twitter Web Client

@CyndisList has a number of links for overlay on to Google maps.cyndislist.com/land/google-ea… #genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:09pm via Nurph

Q2: What are “best practices” for historical overlays in GoogleMaps/Google Earth?#genchat

huboutourvilleOct 10, 1:09pm via Twitter for iPhone

I could even “enter” the church where my ancestor was baptized 1626 France with Streetview! #genchat

SallyOnTheGoOct 10, 1:09pm via tchat.io

There is a fabulous site called Historic Map Works that overlays old plat maps to Google Maps. The best! #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:09pm via tchat.io

@melaniemccomb I was talking about historic overlap in Google Earth. Not sure if maps will do that #genchat

geneapleauOct 10, 1:10pm via tchat.io

A2. I think you can stretch/adjust an overlay to “fit” the map #genchat

halfacadianOct 10, 1:10pm via Twitter for Android

Not surprising, but Google Earth has not been to remote places. Helping a woman from Nigeria last weekend. She was disappointed. #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:10pm via tchat.io

A3: I cannot put that in a tweet. Too long of answer. #genchat

SeekingSurnamesOct 10, 1:11pm via TweetDeck

Pretty limited in Germany as well#genchat #googleearth

rob gumlaw @halfacadian

Not surprising, but Google Earth has not been to remote places. Helping a woman from Nigeria last weekend. She was disappointed. #genchat

DrGranmaOct 10, 1:11pm via tchat.io

ob gumlaw @halfacadian that is one of my concerns. I need much for Romania but am not very hopeful. #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:12pm via tchat.io

A3: There is an app with some dude’s name that has historic maps. You can put it on top of current view in Google earth#genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:12pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

@SparrowBeth73 David Rumsey Historical Map Collection – wonderful place!#genchat

SallyOnTheGoOct 10, 1:12pm via tchat.io

site seems unavailable at the moment (of course!) but it’s historicmapworks.com#genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:13pm via Nurph

Q3: In what way do you use Google Maps, specifically? #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:13pm via tchat.io

Found it! Under Gallery, select Rumsey Historic Maps. He has a web site toodavidrumsey.com #genchat

mfhy2kOct 10, 1:14pm via Twitter for Android

A3 get a sense of an area family once lived but can’t get to. #genchat

SeekingSurnamesOct 10, 1:14pm via TweetDeck

A3 I used #googleearth to get a photo of the church in a German village where my dads peeps were all baptized. #genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:14pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A3 – possible migration pathways, towns along the way, particularly like looking at street views of very small towns…#genchat

SallyOnTheGoOct 10, 1:14pm via tchat.io

Yes. And farms and old houses… RT @geneapleau: A3. love using street view to see where my ancestors lived!#genchat

geneabeanOct 10, 1:14pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A3 look up addresses found on the census mostly or see distance between addresses#genchat

tekw1960Oct 10, 1:15pm via Twitter Web Client

So far I have really only used the maps to plan a holiday to ancestral places#genchat

SNiblickOct 10, 1:15pm via Hootsuite

A3: usually for driving directions, but street view for historical sites and zoom out for context. #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:15pm via tchat.io

A3: Find out how to get to meetings. Find out where a place is in relation to something I know. #genchat

geneabeanOct 10, 1:15pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A3 cont I also “drove” through tiny towns in other countries (Mexico) #genchat

SallyOnTheGoOct 10, 1:16pm via tchat.io

A3: in rural areas you can often see topography and compare to old maps#genchat

SallyOnTheGoOct 10, 1:16pm via tchat.io

A3: in modern times, I check Chicagoland traffic jams lol 😉 #genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:16pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A3 – we have so many ideas, eh?! Apparently some of us use them a lot!!#genchat

Bevno59Oct 10, 1:16pm via tchat.io

A3 I found old homesteads on modern maps qub.me/orZ6k2 #genchat

halfacadianOct 10, 1:15pm via Twitter for Android

A3: I like to see what rivers are close by. That was the major means of transportation pre-1850. #genchat

melaniemccombOct 10, 1:17pm via Hootsuite

A3: Sometimes I use it to test a hypothesis if it’s my family based on the area (Lot #’s in Prince Edward Island, Canada)#genchat

DrGranmaOct 10, 1:17pm via tchat.io

Awww. Some of us are not yet the risktakers we should be… Gotta’ take the leap. #genchat

huboutourvilleOct 10, 1:17pm via Twitter for iPhone

A3 planning a cemetery visit! #genchat

Bevno59Oct 10, 1:18pm via tchat.io

A3 I’ve “toured” towns in Italy where ancestors lived #genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:19pm via Nurph

Next question should be obvious…#genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:19pm via Nurph

Q4: What do you use Google Earth for, specifically? #genchat

halfacadianOct 10, 1:19pm via Twitter for Android

A3: if you are lucky, someone gives the lat. + long. of a family cemetery. Friend was amazed I “zoomed in” to her family plot.#genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:19pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A4 …to drop down a rabbit hole and explore forever… (a few hours, is so easy)#genchat

geneapleauOct 10, 1:20pm via tchat.io

A4 I’ve save locations were certain family groups lived (they moved a lot) #genchat

GhyxionOct 10, 1:20pm via tchat.io

A3 – In WV mountains, GPS is sketchy. U G-Maps to find locations and see roads#genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:20pm via tchat.io

A4: Finding ancestor’s location. But I WANT to do everything I learned last weekend. #genchat

SeekingSurnamesOct 10, 1:20pm via TweetDeck

A4 get reference points to know if one town was closer than another, where were railroads, rivers etc. #genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:21pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

@SeekingSurnames Yeah, I look for railroads a lot… trying to figure out routes, etc. #genchat

DrGranmaOct 10, 1:22pm via tchat.io

Can u follow a road and C how family would travel to visit cousins? #genchat

tekw1960Oct 10, 1:22pm via Twitter Web Client

A4: Mostly looking at our trips & photos.#genchat

geneabeanOct 10, 1:23pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A4 I have used it to look at terrain to see why an ancestor traveled to one town vs another #genchat

packrat74Oct 10, 1:23pm via Nurph

A4: Mostly I’ve used Google Street View to see what buildings are still standing and to cross-check with local tax records.#genchat

halfacadianOct 10, 1:23pm via Twitter for Android

@celialewis @SeekingSurnames there are many old railroad sites online. They are worth sifting through. #genchat

packrat74Oct 10, 1:23pm via Nurph

A4: Mostly I’ve used Google Street View to see what buildings are still standing and to cross-check with local tax records.#genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:24pm via Nurph

Q5: What is the most difficult thing to learn about these tools? #genchat

tekw1960Oct 10, 1:24pm via Twitter Web Client

Want to use it more for genie stuff. Anyone done an import from a spreadsheet? goo.gl/27b8Yi #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:25pm via tchat.io

A5: I don’t think anything is “difficult to learn”; it’s just to remember to use it for me. #genchat

geneapleauOct 10, 1:25pm via tchat.io

A5 Google Earth is such a powerful tool with so many features that, unless I’m using it all the time, IDK if I can master it#genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:25pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A5 Answer: everything. It’s not really intuitive, and I hate taking time to “learn”/read stuff. Sigh. Impatient.#genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:25pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A5 – need to use regularly to get comfortable with using all the capabilities.#genchat

PhreyPressOct 10, 1:25pm via Twitter for iPhone

A4: #genchat mostly street view & Looking up addresses from old census records.

GhyxionOct 10, 1:26pm via tchat.io

A5 – Not so much to learn the tools but I need to learn to be patient since most of my locations are not in Street View.#genchat

tekw1960Oct 10, 1:26pm via Twitter Web Client

A5: Sometimes it is not easily obvious how to do something. I don’t have time, get frustrated & give up. #genchat

DrGranmaOct 10, 1:26pm via tchat.io

Once you have the map how do you use inside of your family info plan? where, how, etc? #genchat

SNiblickOct 10, 1:26pm via Hootsuite

A5: taking the time to learn yet another program. #genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:26pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

@geneapleau I’m the same way – so many features. I definitely am not yet a master…#genchat

GhyxionOct 10, 1:27pm via tchat.io

Sistah! RT @nelleFamTree: A5 Patience – waiting and hope for more street views#genchat

packrat74Oct 10, 1:27pm via Nurph

A5: Finding the time to learn it & hard disk space to hold it. #genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:27pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

@DrGranma I’ve copied chunks of the map(s) and added them into the booklets about some of my ancestors I’ve made for my kids. #genchat

halfacadianOct 10, 1:27pm via Twitter for Android

A5: not difficult, but interesting… you can “fly” from an ancestral town to a immigration place in Google Earth. So cool. #genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:27pm via Nurph

To mirror @DrGranma we’ll jump and do 2 Q’s at once… #genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:28pm via Nurph

Q6: once you have this great map, what do you do with it? How do you incorporate into tradtional #genealogymaterials? #genchat

Bevno59Oct 10, 1:28pm via tchat.io

A6 I use screenshots and save as pictures#genchat

geneapleauOct 10, 1:29pm via tchat.io

A6. Good question! Does Maps/Earth integrate at all w/the #genealogyprograms? (Legacy, FTM, etc) #genchat

melaniemccombOct 10, 1:29pm via Hootsuite

A5: Knowing that the tools you use today will probably change as maps change. I find it overwhelming compared to record research #genchat

nelleFamTreeOct 10, 1:29pm via Twubs

A6 I take screenshots and add it to my info like I would a family photo #genchat

MervScottOct 10, 1:29pm via Twitter Web Client

A1: love street view for the obvious reason, to check areas where rellies used to live. #genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:30pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A6 – I’d simply Snagit it (or clip it) – the map part I want to save, and save to hard drive. Assume it won’t be available forever#genchat

geneapleauOct 10, 1:30pm via tchat.io

This: RT @SeekingSurnames: Blog post and that’s about it. :/ #genchat

#genchat @_genchat

Q6: once you have this great map, what do you do with it? How do you incorporate into tradtional #genealogy materials? #genchat

halfacadianOct 10, 1:30pm via Twitter for Android

A6: create pins of places your ancestors, cousins, and in-laws lived. Very enlightening. #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:31pm via tchat.io

A6: Snip it and save it. Share with family. Make a video. I think it works with Evernote. #genchat

geneabeanOct 10, 1:31pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A6 I save street view photos to show what is in place of the house my ancestor once lived in. #genchat

GhyxionOct 10, 1:31pm via tchat.io

A6 – Looking at maps may help you see the FAN. How close were farms where GGF & GGM grew up? That may be clue to why they married. #genchat

SNiblickOct 10, 1:31pm via Hootsuite

A6: I hadn’t thought about adding it to research. Just use it to personally visualize and validate the logic. #genchat

tekw1960Oct 10, 1:32pm via Twitter Web Client

This might help, a tutorial for creating from a spreadsheet goo.gl/Q19cbd I need to try this! #genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:33pm via Nurph

Lots of great resources available to us – blog for #Genealogy through Google Earth: …ealogythroughgoogleearth.blogspot.com#genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:34pm via Nurph

Another on “Google Earth Hacks”gearthhacks.com #genchat

melaniemccombOct 10, 1:37pm via Hootsuite

@_genchat It helps having a relative in Ireland who can look up the record and instantly know the farms were next to each other #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:38pm via tchat.io

Google Earth Pro is free. There is a code to use, so don’t just get the regular version. #genchat

melaniemccombOct 10, 1:39pm via Hootsuite

@_genchat You certainly can lol – he’s so devoted to research and has been my most helpful match. #genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:39pm via Nurph

Another great resource, always, @CyndisList Which has a section on Google Erath:cyndislist.com/maps/google-ea…#genchat

halfacadianOct 10, 1:39pm via Twitter for Android

Looking at old maps helps when using new maps. Street and town names change over time. #historymatters#genchat

GhyxionOct 10, 1:40pm via tchat.io

Maps/Earth are are also useful to help w/ citations. W/ tiny data plan, can’t have GPS running on phone. Use Maps to cite locations #genchat

ancestryjourneyOct 10, 1:41pm via TweetDeck

Lastly, Family Tree Univ has a course:familytreeuniversity.com/courses/google… #genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:42pm via Nurph

Q7: what are some ways you have proven (or disproven) a theory using Google Earth/maps? Have you? #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:44pm via tchat.io

A7: I haven’t. #genchat

geneapleauOct 10, 1:45pm via tchat.io

A7. None for me. Just helps me understand the layout better #genchat

geneabeanOct 10, 1:46pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

A7 when dealing with a couple people with the same name I look up the census address to see how far away from other known info #genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:47pm via Nurph

A7, con: So if you wanted to prove/disprove using Google Earth – how would you go about it? What steps would you take? #genchat

DrGranmaOct 10, 1:47pm via tchat.io

I think it would be used to expand or demonstrate comparing distance, land formations that would make hard to travel 2 family. #genchat

celialewisOct 10, 1:47pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube

Any lurkers here tonight who haven’t yet posted a question or comment? Now’s your chance – we’re quickly drinking our wine! #genchat

tekw1960Oct 10, 1:47pm via Twitter Web Client

A7: I haven’t done this yet. I ‘really’ need to start using it more. #genchat

SparrowBeth73Oct 10, 1:48pm via tchat.io

A7 cont: Depends on the situation, but look up addresses, compare using historic map, overlay, then go to street view.#genchat

SallyOnTheGoOct 10, 1:50pm via tchat.io

How Street View works and scroll down to find where they are driving goo.gl/j76D86#genchat

_genchatOct 10, 1:55pm via Nurph

I have to admit, this has been enlightening. #genchat

SteelyGenesOct 10, 1:55pm via Hootsuite

Travelling in Papua New Guinea where Dad fought in WW2 – Gen D MacCarthur was supreme commander – will have to read #genchat tweets later

_genchatOct 10, 1:55pm via Nurph

@SteelyGenes OH my, that’s amazing. What an incredible experience! #genchat

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SteelyGenes

SteelyGenes  Travelling in Papua New Guinea where Dad fought in WW2 – Gen D MacCarthur was supreme commander – will have to read#genchat tweets later1:55pm, Oct 10 from Hootsuite

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SteelyGenes  Travelling in Papua New Guinea where Dad fought in WW2 – Gen D MacCarthur was supreme commander – will have to read#genchat tweets later1:55pm, Oct 10 from Hootsuite

_genchatOct 10, 1:56pm via Nurph

Okay, all. Next chat: Sep 23 – Overland Trails – should be a very good discussion!#genchat

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_genchat  NEXT CHAT: Oct 23 – Overland Trails#genchat1:57pm, Oct 10 from Nurph

huboutourville

huboutourville  @_genchat The French-Canadian is asking : what does Overland Trails mean? #genchat1:58pm, Oct 10 from Twitter for iPhone

tekw1960

tekw1960  @huboutourville @_genchat the Aussie is also asking the question #genchat2:00pm, Oct 10 from Twitter Web Client

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About Kerrie Anne Christian

Interests - Travel, Photography, Developing Websites, Social Media, Writing, Local History, Researcher, Genealogy
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