Recap: Family History + Google Earth = A Great Partnership

My last four posts have been about implementing various pieces of Google Earth into family history. I am just a beginner when it comes to Google Earth, but I hope you learned some new tips from my posts.

There is much more that can be done in Google Earth, which are a bit beyond my limited skills. Video can be added and actual Family History Tour Maps can be created. The Family History Tour Map is something I will try out next on my own.

Besides providing nice visuals for ourselves, Google Earth is a great way to interest younger members of the family in genealogy (the digital natives of the 21st century) and may also draw in the interest of older family members who just want small doses of family history at a time. 🙂

I rarely mention products for sale because I am all about finding free stuff. However, Lisa Louise Cooke is the only person I know who has detailed information available about using Google Earth with your family history. Therefore, if you like what you have tried out and want to learn more, then you need to visit Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems website at She has a free Google Earth for Genealogy tutorial available.

She also has a book, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, which includes details on Google Earth for genealogical use and sells a 2 CD set, Google Earth for Genealogy. I bought all of these because I am not a very tech savvy person and my husband, who is, rolls his eyes back in his head when he hears the word “genealogy.” That leaves me on my own to self teach and her products are very simple to follow. When I got stuck, I emailed Lisa with my question and she answered promptly and solved my problem.

UPDATE: Lisa is advertising the brand new 2nd edition of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, to begin shipping on January 31 for the introductory price of $19.95, plus shipping.

If you are attending FGS-RootsTech 2015, she will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems nor have I received any compensation in any way, shape or form for mentioning her products. The thumbs up is  my own opinion.


4 thoughts on “Recap: Family History + Google Earth = A Great Partnership”

  1. I loved your comment about your husband rolling his eyes when you mentioned the word “genealogy”. I know exactly what you mean, and exactly how you feel. I have to fight envy when I read bloggers who have spouses who support and encourage their genealogy efforts, because in our house, that isn’t going to happen.

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