September 26, 2016

Using Google Maps To Document Where Your Family Lived

I’ve written about this before, but I want to show you another example of my ancestor’s homes using family photos and documenting them with Google maps. This time it’s for my Emil John Moline family when they lived in St Paul, MN and will show you what the house looks like now. It’s changed a bit, but I think it’s because they closed in the front porch and made a smaller entrance door. The Google map photo is only two years old. When my Moline family lived there it was during the years 1895 to possibly around 1905.

moline st. paul house

1914 chelton ave st paul moline Isn’t it fun to find old buildings and know that your family lived there? Imagine Signe b. 1889, Elvin b. 1893 (my grandfather) and Gunnar Moline b.1894 being born in, or brought home to this house as newborns. It boggles the mind.

Here are some other articles I’ve written about the Moline family:

A Seattle Adventure With Mom

Preserving Past Family Home Locations With Google Street View

Railroad Service From Bordeaux To Seattle Connected With Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul and Pacific Line

Amazing Desk Was Made Using Only Hand Tools

 

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My Swedish Moline family members included two furniture makers, Johan Emil and Gunnar, father and son. I know no history of their education, nor do I have any furniture that they might have made, but from census records for the Seattle, Washington area I know that “Emil” was listed as a furniture refinisher, and his son owned Moline Furniture Company.  The photos above are Emil Moline on the top and his son Gunnar below him.

Seeing this Berlin Secretary Cabinet video today made me appreciate their skills even more.  In no way did they probably create anything so wonderful as this secretary cabinet, but who knows, there might be a piece of original Moline furniture work floating around out there.

Lillian Vera Epstein Moline 1904 – 1975

This is a testament to “always go back and look again” for family records.  From the WA Digital Archives long ago I had found the Social Security Death Index for my mom’s step-mother Lillian Vera Epstein Moline.

Just on a whim, I looked at Ancestry.com again this last week and found her birth information which also included her parent’s names and ages. Additionally, I found where her parents were born (Russia).  Going by that new information, I’m now looking at the MN 1905 special census, the 1910 Federal Census as well as the 1920 census.

I’m pretty sure that Grandma “Eppie” also had a brother, but at this point I can’t remember his name. I think we do have some pictures of him though, so maybe I’ll have to dig them out and check them for names.

As you can see from the Ancestry.com record Eppie was born in Minneapolis, MN; she was a registered nurse in the State of Washington and worked for many years at Swedish hospital.  Grandma died in 1975 in Everett, WA which was also the home of her oldest step-daughter Eleanor Jeane Moline Davis.

Additional Moline article:

Moline Family Home – Seattle 1942 and 1986

Easy Canvas Prints Review

 

Recently, I was given a very generous offer from Easy Canvas Prints of a free 8 X 10 canvas print in exchange for my honest review of the outcome.  I can sincerely say the photo on canvas I received via FedEx a couple days ago was such a wonderful, and not unexpected,  result.

When I was contacted about the offer I immediately knew which photo I wanted to use for the canvas print.  It was one of my grandmother Helen Nordgren Moline. The original was quite small and I wasn’t sure how it would look in a larger format.

It was easy as 1-2-3-4 to upload my chosen photo, choose the size, and then the free design options. In my case, I chose to have the print wrap around the edge on a 1.50 inch thick canvas with a mirror image.  I did have to adjust the resolution once and reload the image to the site, but it wasn’t a big deal and took just a couple minutes to make that change.

And now, here’s the final result I received this week.  What do you think?

I’m thrilled with the result, and even though it’s hard to tell in this photo I took today, the image quality on the canvas brought out all the details in the photo and more.  You can see the texture of her coat and hat, and I was even able to see that Grandma had pierced ears!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Wouldn’t something like this make a wonderful present for Mom?  Right now, Easy Canvas Prints is having a sale for the holiday:

Enjoy 20% off all canvas and free shipping Plus get a Free 8×10 canvas on all orders over $60 (USA contiguous shipping only).

Was It Eleanor Jeane Or Jeane Eleanor Moline?

A Seattle Adventure With Mom

Canvas Prints
Canvas Pictures

 

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