Dallas Ft. Worth - Washington D.C. - Seattle - New Orleans
Texas & Dallas Region
Cemeteries of Dallas County
Texas Historic Cemeteries
Dallas Historical Society
HISTORICAL & MODERN MAPS & CARTOGRAPHY - DATA MAPS
http://maps.google.com/ (Google's new mapping function - works well)
http://geogen.org/ GPS Cemetery coordinates
http://local.yahoo.com/ To Locate Retailers & Restaurants (good to know on investigations in unknown areas)
http://local.live.com/ For Traffic Reports (to plan travel to investigations)
http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp Finding 9 Digit Zip Codes
DALLAS BUSINESS REAL ESTATE RESEARCH
NATIONAL REAL ESTATE RESEARCH
TEXAS HISTORICAL MAPS
CIVIL WAR MAPS
USGS Topo Maps online
Aerial Satellite Photos
www.maps.google.com or Google Earth
Latitude / Longitude of American Cities
Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/
This is a link to historical databases through the Seattle Public Library. I encourage other researchers to make use of their own local resources for maps, stories and people to contact. :)
Johnathan Sheppard Books - specializing in historical map reprints and out of print books
SPECIALTY HISTORICAL RESEARCH LINKS
Trying to get a building declared as a historical site? These are the people to talk to - not that it stops greedy developers from razing our heritage to the ground. Oh, did I say that out loud?
Bills of Mortality
The Internet Archive
Found a link to a promising web page but find that it has been swept away into the Internet ether? There is still hope. If it was there recently, try the Cached link under Google. If that fails, go to the following link and use The Wayback Machine.
For researching newspaper articles back to 1748
Vatican Secret Archives
ARCHITECTURAL & PERIOD CLOTHING LINKS
Phoenix Restoration for Historical Architectural Reproduction and custom work
OTHER HISTORICAL SITES
http://find.intelius.com/search-name.php (searches multi-state - age and full name not needed)
http://preview.ussearch.com/preview/preview.jsp (gives approx age & address for confirmation before paying)
I first started using Google years before they became popular - back in the late 90's when search portals seemed hell bent on cramming as much advertising as they could onto one page. Google became an instant hit due to it's shockingly clean interface, speed, and trademark cartoons that make people smile. As Google became bigger and started looking to turn a profit, most of us smiled and nodded, feeling that it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of guys. But some of us wondered whether success would begin to sour the magic that we had come to depend on as our home page.
A few years ago, disturbing stories began cropping up. Tech writers began to question whether one search engine should have so much power. As one columnist put it, not only does Google measure the popularity of sites, it now defines it. A whole industry of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) consultants began cropping up, based around designing sites that played well to Google's search algorithm. Some were above board and merely suggested tweaks to already good websites, while others went for dirty tricks that unfairly propped up the poor quality hovels of the Internet.
Soon thereafter in late 2003, Google began changing their algorithim, allegedly to clean up these HTML slums and code artists. Overnight, some mom and pop businesses that were one page one of a Google keyword combination suddenly found themselves dropped into a Stygian abyss of irrelevance. People screamed and complained as their traffic dropped to a fraction of what it was before, their concerns and complaints to Google going largely unanswered. Google has long held that they don't really have a customer service division, at least not for the non-paying sector of the Net.
And therein lies the rub - of AdWords and IPO's that profit driven ventures suddenly begin to focus on to the exclusion of their original vision and mantra, Google's "Don't be evil" chant. While I am not here to debate conspiracy and corporate greed, I will note the parallel development of profit and the degradation of Google's effectiveness and neutrality that I once trusted.
I can point you here to http://www.google-watch.org/ for more info and if you are to click on any of the few dozen or so links, I STRONGLY recommend you look at the very first one http://www.google-watch.org/bigbro.html and see why Google was nominated by over 500 people for the Big Brother Award. If you scroll to the bottom, you will read some things that are downright disturbing.
But the bottom line is that I don't like what Google has done to their engine - it just doesn't work as well as before and while you still see results, it makes you wonder about the 90 % under the water.
Disabling Google cookies while still being able to use the search engine directions http://www.google-watch.org/cgi-bin/cookie.htm
COPERNIC.COM (need to install software first, works good though)