This past Christmas Eve, my mom took me on a tour of the houses where her family lived just across the Ohio River in Bellevue, Ky.
It included my great-grandma Mamie’s home—an old photo made it into a book on Bellevue by Arcadia publishing
. Google Book Search does it again
The house my mom’s dad built on the same street has burned down, but Mom showed me where she babysat and where her best friend lived. A grocery store down the street is now a house. Mom said she’d stop after school, pick out what Grandma needed for dinner, and add it to the family's tab (try that at Super Target).
My Great-grandma and Great–grandpa Frost’s first home looks a lot smaller now than in this photo from around 1925 (Family Tree Magazine
readers might remember the picture from our September 2008
house history research guide.)
I remember the house below (Google Maps does it again), situated right by the railroad tracks, where the same great-grandparents lived in their later years.
At Christmas, the whole family—their five kids, at least a dozen
grandkids and several of us great-grandkids—would all squeeze inside.
Some of those great-aunts and -uncles and second cousins I haven't seen
since Christmases at Great-grandma's.
It's neat to be able to visit your ancestral homes in person, but you may not have to drive around to see them. Check out what a FamilyTreeMagazine.com Forum member did with Google Maps