January 2010 Making Connections
Readers respond to Family Tree Magazine about finding ancestors' places, resources for early immigrants, requesting family heirlooms and more.
Street Smarts
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
Express Tips
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.