Genealogy Tips ~ Google Earth, Docs and Scribble

If you have Google Earth installed on your computer (a free download), you’ll enjoy seeing the USGS presentation of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.  Not only will you see a visual representation of the faults through satellite photographs, but you’ll also see photos of the damage tied to specific buildings and geographical features.

Many family history websites have started adding Google Earth links to show the location of graveyards, ancestors residences, places of work and migration paths.

Research Tip: If you are doing research at a library and don’t have access to word processing software; you don’t need it anymore, if the computer you are using is connected to the Internet. Just launch the web browser and launch Google Docs using your Google mail credentials. Just type your data in a document page and print or save it. You can also copy and paste info from the screen into your document.

Your documents are available to you on any computer connected to the Internet.

I spend most of my browsing life in Google Chrome.  There are hundreds of online and standalone apps available through the Chrome Store that give you a broad spectrum of tools to use within your browser.  Some of them are simply links to sites on the web.  

One of the tools I use most often in my research is Scribble.  Scribble gives me a digital notepad that I use just like the old lined pads I used to carry everywhere.  Open a new tab, launch Scribble and start browsing through records.  Jot down notes on the Scribble pad just like you would normally.  Save the note on the site, set an alert for a future date, shuffle notes to your hearts content. 

You can leave the notes on Scribble but I transfer them into my research notes in Legacy or even into a new document in Google Docs when the day is through.  Friends use it for their shopping lists that they create during the day and access via their Android phones in the grocery store.

Handy tool.  Try it.

If you want a high-resolution image of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and many other documents, go to the National Archives site. The downloads are free. You’ll want a copy of these documents at home and to use to describe the God given blessings that American citizens enjoy.

Adding small images of these documents to the histories you are writing about your ancestors who were involved in the found of this great land are a pleasing addition to any document.

Copyright (c) Lee Drew 2011-04-27 15:08:00
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Family history research is a favored avenue of relaxation. It is a Sherlock-like activity that can continue almost anywhere at any time. By leveraging a lifetime involvement in technology, my research efforts have resulted in terabytes of ancestral data, earning me the moniker of Lineagekeeper. And yes - We are all related to Royalty.