Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Google Maps - Street Views

I have to tell you all about's new "Street View" feature in Google maps. You can see addresses as they exist today, either for genealogy references or if you are traveling and want to get an idea of how the place will look. An example is to the left - 164 Ludlow St., NYC - home of one of Bob Hoffman's ancestors. I found out the pictures are taken from a camera mounted on a little car that drives along each street to capture the street views.

Below is info about this new "Street View" part of "Google Maps" from 24-7 Family History Circle blog, this is the link:

3 Feb 2008: "Visiting Ancestral Homes and Businesses in Your Jammies" by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
Google Maps ----- Google provides us with a new tool, Street View for looking at those homes as they are currently. Street View launched last spring and is expanding. Currently, only some major cities have street views, but for some areas, that includes nearby cities. The panoramic and direct views of houses and other buildings were taken recently.

When you open up Google Maps look for the button Street View in the upper-right section of the map, and once you arrive at that U.S. map, click on a city that has the camera icon. Then type in an address.

Or, begin by typing in a street address and city such as “101 Newbury Street Boston,” and then clicking on street view once you see Newbury Street on the map, and in seconds you can view the entrance to the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

What Cities Are Included?

Currently, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, St. Paul and Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (Oregon), Providence, San Diego, San Francisco, and Tucson are included. " [also now Salt Lake City area]

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