Using Google Maps to connect to your past

I’m a geek, and I like geeky tools.

One of my favorite things to do is look up on Google Maps places that come up in search for ancestors.

I wrote yesterday about The Pucket family and specifically my 2nd great grandmother Lizzie Pucket. The picture below is a current “street map” view of the street where she lived and worked as a cook.

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I often scope out places where folks used to live as listed on the census.

My fourth great-grandfather was a man named Adam Ader. In the early 1800s, he was an early settler in North Carolina and owned a large plantation. There is a creek near Watertown, NC called Ader Creek that used to run through his plantation. It’s not a very large creek and looks pretty dry, but it’s pretty cool to see on a map.

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The Pucket Family

Unfortunately, I don’t know much about the Pucket (or Puckett) family.

My 2nd great grandmother — Lizzie or Eliza — was born in Pembrokshire, Wales in September, 1852. She shows up on a census in 1871¬†as a cook. Shortly after that she immigrated to the United States and married my 2nd great grandmother Richard Berryman.

They lived in Illinois for a bit before moving to California. She died sometime between 1930 – 1940.

The direct ancestors I know:

  • Lizzie or Eliza Pucket (2nd Great Grandmother)