Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Mapped Timeline for David Fenton Marshall (1847 - 1922)

I spent the better part of 3 hrs. playing in Google Maps creating a timeline for my great grandfather, David Fenton Marshall. It took awhile to do because 1) he was a travelling salesman so he moved around alot and 2) a lot of the places no longer exist (or they've been renamed). I was also using the street view (which I love), to get a closer look at the houses, which I've saved to post at a later date.

I wanted to embed the link in this post but it kept causing problems and shutting blogger down. Besides, it wouldn't show all the locations at once. So I saved two screen shots to show.

This first one shows just the map of all the locations where my great grandfather lived.

This second shot shows both the map and a list of the locations (minus the last one as it got cut off!)


  1. Alana,
    what a neat idea. I never thought of google maps to do a time line. I love maps and timelines -- the old historian in me, I guess.

    Thangs for such a visual overview of your g-grandfather's life.

  2. Thanks Joan. It was fun (although long) to do. I've used google maps before, but never to do a timeline. He's the only I'll probably do it for as he travelled so much whereas most of my other anscestors tended to stay in one place.