For me, a genealogy dream come true is finding a cache of historical photos of an area in which the people I am researching lived. This is invaluable in literally helping to visualize the place(s) they lived. The more than 800,000 photos released earlier in the year by the New York City municipal archives is a treasure trove. These photos come from all sorts of resources: the NYPD, the parks department, the mayor’s office, and many more agencies, as well as shots taken by WPA photographers during the Depression. There are maps and drawings, audio recordings and even mugshots from the DA’s office.
Take a nostalgic walk through history by visiting http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet – be careful though – time will pass in the blink of an eye while you are perusing the pictures, and you can lose whole days!