How to see im­ages of the past

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - HOW TO -

1 Start your search

Browse to his­to­ and click the ‘Ex­plore His­to­rypin’ link at the top of the page. A map of down­town San Fran­cisco will ap­pear on the left, with sev­eral fea­tured (but un­re­lated) col­lec­tions ap­pear­ing on the right. A search bar al­lows you to search by key­word or col­lec­tion.

2 Search by place

First click ‘Ex­pand Map’ so that it fills the screen. Now use the ‘Search by Place’ box in­side the map to nar­row your search to a spe­cific area. As you type the name of a town or street sug­ges­tions should ap­pear. Click one to jump to that spot.

3 Browse the map

The map dis­plays ‘hotspots’ in­di­cat­ing the num­ber of pho­tos in spe­cific lo­ca­tions. Click a hotspot to zoom into that part of the map or ex­pand it to show its in­di­vid­ual pic­tures, dis­played as black speech bub­bles – each one in­di­cat­ing a spe­cific photo that’s been posted at that lo­ca­tion.

4 View col­lec­tions

Click the ‘Ex­pand Gallery’ but­ton at the bot­tom right to view re­lated col­lec­tions and tours for the area you’re in. Keep scrolling down and in­di­vid­ual pins for the area will show up too – click one to view it (click ‘Ex­pand Gallery’ again to hide the map for a wider view).

5 Pre­view pho­tos

Al­ter­na­tively click pin, col­lec­tion and tour icons on the map to view them. If they’ve been po­si­tioned on the bird’s-eye view, you’ll see them over­lay­ing the cur­rent photo of that lo­ca­tion from Google Street View – use the trans­parency slider at the top to blend old and mod­ern scenes.

6 View de­tails

Click the ‘i’ but­ton be­neath a pin to view in­for­ma­tion about it, in­clud­ing a cap­tion or de­scrip­tion, dates, tagged key­words and the per­son who posted it. Use the but­tons on the right to share a link to it or – if you’re logged in – mark it as a favourite.

7 Post com­ments

If you’re logged in, you can also post com­ments on the pin. Per­haps you’ve got your own story to tell – your an­ces­tor may be in the pho­to­graph, for ex­am­ple – or you’d like to pro­vide some ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion. If sug­gest­ing a cor­rec­tion, re­mem­ber to be po­lite.

8 Go on a tour

Tours are dif­fer­ent to col­lec­tions, as they con­sist of a se­ries of pins placed in a spe­cific or­der. Look out for the pink signpost – click one and you’ll be able to run a slide show of pins. Make use of the map on the right to zoom in and see where each pin sits in re­la­tion to the pre­vi­ous one.

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