Thursday, May 31, 2012

Those Places Thursday: Erie County New York Historic Aerial Photos

   The Erie County Public Works Division of Highways has offered a resource "gem" to researchers covering rural areas. In the 1920s and the 1950s, the Division took aerial photos of the county. They've posted those photos online. While they have noted problems, these collections allow you to understand how the area where your ancestor lived may have looked. To access the photos, click into the time period. The first screen to come up will be an atlas map of the county. Click on the section you want to examine. The next screen will bring up a more detailed map. From there, you can click right into the applicable photo. It only took me a quick look to discover that the town I was studying was very rural.

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