What if you could visit that old homestead or scroll back in time when your neighborhood was an old farm field? Google Earth can do that.
Eric Stitt published an article that states, in part, "Using geographic information found in deeds and addresses from sources such as census data, property where ancestors and neighbors once lived may be marked on historical maps, which can then be overlaid on modern Google maps. Geographic features mentioned in property descriptions such as rivers and creeks will appear on topographical maps and in Google’s satellite imagery. Using this information, it is possible to locate a family homestead on an historical map and compare the changes to those locations that have occurred over time as the area developed. In some instances, the old home may still be there or a family cemetery."
The article does not contain step-by-step instructions. Instead, it describes the results you can obtain but the instructions are available in the help files on Google Earth. You can read Eric's article at http://genealogythroughgoogleearth.blogspot.nl/.
My thanks to newsletter reader Erika Dolmans for telling me about this article.