Sunday, March 11, 2012

World Historical Maps

I recently came across a link in the Geneanet newsletter to a site that has zoomable historical maps for a number of locations worldwide.  It is the Old Maps Online resource, and it allows one to search the maps of five different collection.  I have already spent some time looking at historic maps of Ontario, Canada, and Devon, England.  I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Where are the Pictures

Once again Samuel Halls Jnr. is on my mind.

He is listed every year in the Chicago Blue Book between roughly 1890 and 1905.  His name and biography appear in Industrial Chicago published in 1891.  He regularly has classified ads in the Chicago Tribune listing houses he has for sale.  He was president of the Thistle Cycling Club for at least one year, and was involved in lobbying for a cycling track in another year.  He was involved in local politics.  He was arrested for fraud about 1912, and that story appeared in papers in both Chicago and California!!

So why can't I find any pictures?  Somewhere, someone, some court, or some newspaper archive, must have pictures.

And one day, I'll find them.