Using old maps can bring your family history to life.  On the website, you can search for a place (25 inch to the mile maps provide lots of detail).   By zooming into a specific location, it is possible to see how the landscape has changed over time.  For example, some detective work can be undertaken to find the history of old houses by matching the names and addresses from old census returns, to the houses that were known to be built on a particular street at a particular time.