Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):
1) Identify an ancestral home address ( preferably one with a street address…) for one of your ancestral families (You do know where they lived, don’t you? If not, consult the 1900 to 1940 US Census records, or City Directories).
2) Go to Google Maps (http://maps.google.com) and enter the street address (and city/town if necessary – usually you can pick from a list) for your selected ancestral home.
3) Look at the street map, the satellite map, and the street view. Zoom in or out, or manipulate the image as you wish.
With this challenge, I’m going to state my ‘handicaps’ at the start.
- Many of my ancestral homes were on farms. Thus, they didn’t have street addresses.
- Several of my ancestral homes have been torn down and replaced.
2314 W. 21st Emporia
2531 P St Lincoln – no photos of house – now a vacant lot
2210 N 5th Dodge City
Glasco – No address
911 Second – Now a parking lot
504 Avenue G –
I haven’t found any photos of house. The location is now a business fronting on Wyatt Earp boulevard. What I learned from this exercise is that my grandparents lived very close to the railroad where my grandfather worked. The tracks are on the south side of Wyatt Earp Boulevard. The depot was a few blocks to the West.
510 Avenue G Dodge City
Google doesn’t recognize 510 Avenue G, but does mark a house at 508 Avenue G. The yellow house to the left of the white house is likely 510 Avenue G. (Note: the house that used to be at 504 Avenue G was likely similar to these houses.)
416 Constitution Emporia
924 Constitution Emporia
645 Lincoln Emporia
1014 Market Emporia
Briles Homestead – Near Crandall, Kansas
I possibly have pictures of other family homesteads in the backgrounds of family photos. It will take some digging to locate those images.