When I'm researching an ancestor, I like to know everything there is to know about their hometown. Wikipedia can be a valuable resource into a city or town's history and specifically to this post whether or not any famous faces once graced the town streets.
Search any place in the U.S. on Wikipedia and there will likely be a category included titled "Notable People". Below, is the "Notable People" section for Lima, Ohio, a town my great-grandparents Gus and Maude Freytag lived in during the early 1900s.
Wikipedia also tells me Diller was the only child of Perry and Frances Ada Driver. Using Ancestry.com, I searched Lima City Directories for the couple and found them living at 212 W. Market Street.
- Search your ancestor's hometown on Wikipedia.
- Find someone under "Notable People" that lived there in the time period of your ancestor.
- Using census records or city directories find the addresses of your ancestor and the "notable person" in question.
- Use Google Maps or Bing Maps to see just how close (or not) they lived.
Try this with some of your own ancestors! If you want to share your own interesting finds, please feel free to post them in the comments section or tweet them to @mod_roots.