While some Google tools come and go (like the Google News Timeline and Labs), it's nice to know that Google remains committed to supporting Google Earth. And in that effort they have just announced a new assortment of high resolution satellite images. (see below)
If there is a location you are either waiting for updates for, or are anxious to see Street View arrive, there's a quick and easy way to find out. Follow Your World is a free tool (think Google Alerts for Google Earth) that allows you to request email updates when new imagery becomes available for a desired area.
And why would you want all of this geographic information on Google Earth? Because Google Earth is PERFECT for genealogy research! You can find ancestor homes, precisely plot homesteads, create historic map overlays that take you back in time, and even tell your family history story in Google Earth. The Family History Tours I developed for my Google Earth for Genealogy series will give you a way to capture the attention of even the most video-game-mad youngsters in your life!
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Countries/regions receiving high resolution satellite updates:Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Greenland, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Madagascar, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Macedonia, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Taiwan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, The Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Antarctica
These updates are now available in Google Earth and will be live in Google Maps in the coming days. For a full picture of the updated imagery, download this KML for viewing in Google Earth.