Last week, my daughter and I went to the movies to watch "Lion". According to my Google-employed son who told me about the movie, it was about a guy using Google Earth to find his birth home and village and more specifically his family. It was a very touching movie!
The movie got me thinking on how many times I have used Google Earth for my genealogy research. Some of my more memorable searches include the following:
1. Locating parcels of land where my Great Grandmother Bridget Chambers spent her childhood in the townland of Letter, Islandeady, County Mayo, Ireland. [If I had used Google Earth while on the road in Ireland I might have been able to see the land with my own eyes]
2. Trying to match a house that I have in a 1960 photo (the childhood home of my Great Grandfather Bryan Sherlock in Demailestown, Meath, Ireland) to see if it still exists today. [Sadly I had no luck with my search but considering how old that house would have been -- he lived there in the late 1800's -- it probably has been torn down and a newer house built.]
3. Locating the following churches -- Katholische Maria Himmelfahrt (Helferskirchen, Rheinland, Germany), Saint Boniface Church (Wirges, Rheinland, Germany) and St. Laurentius Church (Dernbach, Germany). [This helped with my visit to see them in 2015]
4. Trying to see what the house my Grandmother Theresa Nebgen Sherlock grew up in Chicago, looks like today.
5. And of course, looking at my Google Earth photos of my childhood home in Southern California.