Monday, December 24, 2007

Mills in York County

Here's a blog from York and a post providing background on the mills operative at the time of the Orsons and Rippeys. Remember Jonas Lighty was a millwright.


I've now published the writeup on what we know and can deduce about the Orsons who were Mary Orson's ancestors.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Marjorie's New Blog

Marjorie has been galvanized by the Presidential primaries into setting up a new blog.,
which I've now added to our list of blogs.

The URL is "letters to Kaitlin", who is her 18-year old red-headed granddaughter.


Started doing a little writing on the Orsons last night. Trying to come up with a document to weave together the map data and the extracts of wills and other data Jean did.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Google Maps and USGS Topographic Maps

Having fun trying to work between Google Maps and USGS Topographic maps. It had been a while since I visited the USGS site and I was pleased to find that you can now do a free download of the detailed topographic maps and see them in PDF format (with an added plugin.) Start here.

Google maps has also been improved, with a "terrain" tab, as well as the old road map and satellite tabs.

I set up a York area map, trying to nail down the sites of interest to descendants of Mary Orson and John Rippey. (See below.) The basic map is Google, with the placemarks. But I identified the lower Chanceford church location from the Topo map, as well as the "Orson run" id. Ideally I"d have links from the placemarks to the documents Jean extracted for the various tracts of land. Maybe next year.

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