What do you do after solving an old-photo mystery? I’m hoping you label the picture on the back using a soft graphite pencil. I’m also hoping you let that photograph take you to a new level of genealogy research.
While the group portrait featured in last week’s blog didn’t end up being Yvette LaGonterie’s relatives, she used the identification of the Reverend Miller’s family to circle back to her own family research.
She used Google to locate information on the house her ancestors lived in at 86 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn. It’s a fun research twist to use real estate sites to learn more about the places your ancestors lived. The house was new when Anna and Edward Powers raised their family. Today it’s worth nearly $1.5 million.
Real estate sites can provide:
- current value of an ancestral home
- the date of construction
- photographs of the building
Yvette also sent along a photograph of her grandmother, posed to show off her oversize coat, taken in 1921. It’s a great fashion photo.
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