Fantastic Website “History Pin” Launches – See Your World As Your Ancestors Saw It

Fantastic Website “History Pin” Launches – See Your World As Your Ancestors Saw It

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Not for Profit organization We Are What We Do has partnered with Google to create a digital time machine called History Pin.

The premise of the site is simple but technically amazing – people upload pictures of a place and time in history and these images are then collated, mapped out (so they’re easy to find) and can then be overlaid onto current pictures of those places.

Check out the 90 second video below to see how much potential the site has:


As genealogists and family historians we’re constantly trying to get a feel for what the world of our ancestors was like. History Pin is a new visual tool that will help us with this.

Keep in mind though that because the site relies on users to upload images the photo sets are by no means complete at the moment. But if it gets momentum and people start to upload more and more images, this is going to be a fantastic research tool for us all.

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  • Andre


    July 13, 2011

    A great innovation.

  • Scott Phillips


    July 13, 2011

    Looks interesting. Unfortunately I struggle to keep all my digital records organized, etc. for myself. I just don’t have the time to begin inputting them all to some other site. I guess we all have to make decisions on what we can do and this one will have to wait. Hopefully lots of other folks will have lots of time to upload their photos here!

  • Amy L. Florio-Gholson


    July 13, 2011

    This is an awesome concept. All HAIL GOOGLE!!!!!! Paving the way with new technology that’s useful. I can’t wait to try it out…..

  • Sylvia


    July 13, 2011

    I love this idea and can hardly wait for it. I’ve been able to do one photo from the 40’s and compared to today. Looking forward to what others have.

  • Kim


    July 14, 2011

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    Glad to see you’ve found it as exciting a prospect as I have.

  • Palma McKeown


    July 15, 2011

    Fabulous! Have always wanted to travel in a time machine, this may be the closest I get!