03 June 2021
TheGenealogist has announced a new feature on its Map Explorer that allows users to see what their ancestors’ towns and areas once looked like.
Wouldn't it be great to be able to see where our ancestors lived through their own eyes? With TheGenealogist's addition of period photographs of street scenes and parish churches where our ancestors may have been baptised, married and buried, this new feature allows subscribers to 'jump back in time'.
The release sees the growing collection of historical photographs from TheGenealogist’s Image Archive accessible for the first time from inside Map Explorer™ as a recordset layer. The various images for an area have their locations pinpointed on the maps, allowing family historians to explore their ancestors’ hometowns and other landmarks from around their area.
Exploring the places our ancestors knew
When viewing an Image Archive record in Map Explorer™, the family history researcher is shown the image’s location on the map as well as from what point of view the photographer took the photo. Also included underneath the historical image is a modern map and street view (where it's available) so that the person researching their past family’s area is able to compare the picture from the past with how the area looks today.
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N.B. This new feature is available to Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist.