Location, location, location.
That maxim isn’t just for real estate. It’s a key concept for genealogy. Inserting a location in a search helps you turn up not only records but also images, including maps and photographs. Searching location terms plus “history” helps to narrow the search to your ancestral timeframe.
The stereograph shown above resulted from a search on “Savannah” in the New York Public Libraries Digital Collection. Gaze out into the harbor along with this wharf worker to see what my ancestors might have seen walking to work in Savannah, Georgia in the 1890s.
I invite you to discover ancestral locations and historic images by taking a tour of online archives in the No Pictures? No Problem e-booklet. So what do you do with the digital treasures you find? Turn them into a video about an ancestor’s story that will amaze your family! Take a look at some examples in my Ancestor Story Videos YouTube playlist.
Image source: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Along the wharf of Savannah River, Savannah, Ga.” (1895) New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 11, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-596a-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99