Clio – Muse of History…And You Can Help

I am history geek who loves genealogy, or a genealogist who loves history. To me it makes no difference. I have always loved history and I have always loved learning about the part my own ancestors played in history.

Genealogy and history are two topics that go hand in hand. You cannot effectively research genealogy without a solid foundation of knowledge about historic events. Many times some of the best information about earlier generations will come from historic documents at a local level.

Today I saw a Facebook ad for a site called Clio. It claims to be an online tour guide to historical locations. Okay at pre 9 am hours that had me excited! Old cemeteries, historical buildings, and museums are some of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit a new place, I struggle to discover the neat forgotten pieces of history tucked away. This site has potential.

What is Clio?

Named after the ancient Greek muse of history, Clio puts history at your fingertips. Similar to locator ‘apps’ that help you find a nearby restaurant or repair shop, Clio picks up your present location and guides you to landmarks, museums, and historic and cultural sites. It also acts as a virtual time machine, allowing a user to see images and videos and hear and read about historic events that happened around them. ”

The site uses volunteers and educators to help build a database of historic places. As of this blog, the site has over 29,000 entries. The entries are submitted, reviewed and listed in a searchable format both my name and by location. The list lets you see the results either on a map or in a list format. The user is able to restrict the search area to distance from a certain place or their current location.

As someone who enjoys traveling to new areas and seeing new places this site could be a great travel resource to locate historic locations while on the road. I look forward to adding a few of my favorite historic sites to the Clio database soon!

 

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