In support of Ian Frazier’s suggestion in the November 2009 Branching Out to “go anyplace that was important to the person,” I recently wanted to find the place in Belleville, NJ, where my grandparents William and Catherine Mahon Clark had lived in the 1930s and ’40s. It was a big apartment on the second floor of a house on Washington Avenue. It had an enclosed front porch that faced east, toward New York. I remembered there was a firehouse across the street, slightly north of them. I got on Google Earth
and, using Street View, went up the street until I found the firehouse. Then I turned the view to see the other side of the street, and there was the house—still standing and still next to a post office. Travel can be expensive, but Google Earth is an interesting substitute.
Ellen Powers Geisler » via e-mail
I read the first example in Rick Crume’s “Express Shipping” (November 2009) with much interest, because I have been researching my early New England families online as well.