Did you know that Indiana has been dubbed the "Mother of Vice-Presidents?" Five men from Indiana have been elected as vice-presidents: Schuyler Colfax, Thomas A. Hendricks, Charles W. Fairbanks, Thomas Marshall and Dan Quayle.
And did you also know that the first train robbery in the United States was committed by the Reno brothers in 1866? They hopped the Ohio and Minnesota train as it pulled out of the Seymour, Indiana depot taking off with $15,000.
It's this kind of information you can find at a website called Key to the City. It's a site that makes for a good relocation tool and I found it in a very interesting way as I was researching online for this column on relocation.
I have found out over the years that sometimes the major search engines for online research (Yahoo!, Excite, Google, etc.) are not always the end-all search engines we would like them to be. They all have to make money, of course, so some of the results you find may not really be the best results for your search, just the ones that paid the most money to be there.
In addition, what you seek also determines how many sponsored sites you'll receive. For instance, if I plug in "relocation" at Google, 5.8 million sites will return starting with -- who else -- homefair.com and monstermoving.monster.com -- two of the largest relocation websites on the Internet.
However, if I look up "relocation research" -- now we're getting somewhere -- somewhere in the obscure, rarely visited corners of the Web you will find the really good stuff. And that's where I found out that Indiana is the mother of VPs and about the bank robbers. The link to Key to the City didn't even return to me on my search -- it was on another page from a website created by a highly inexperienced real estate group -- the 7th Grade Class of Emerson Middle School in Lakewood, Ohio.
Their creation is simply called the Relocation Research Project. It's nothing fancy, but man, these kids did some great research and have built a page of links to very obscure sections of the Internet that would help any relocation company, real estate firm or relocation family ease the pain of pulling up roots and moving, whether it's cross town or cross country.
They haven't cluttered the page with any of the extraneous commercialism we find all too common at most of your relocation and real estate sites. (What does the script say? "Out of the mouth of babes…?")
Obviously, as a group project, they simply took the relocation process and broke it down to the elements that they figured they would want to know if they were a few years older and headed out of town. They went down the line of what you should be considering when you're looking at moving:
General Information -- You want to find out about your target area -- is it in the Money Magazine best places to live, do you need statistics on job growth, schools, or access to government agencies? They have several links here to find that kind of information.
Realty Information -- Here's the section of links on finding real estate companies and tips on selling your home and buying or renting a new one.
City information -- They have pulled information for comparing relocation services, salary comparison, city comparison and various other online tools to help with your move from point A to point B.
The link to the Occupational Outlook Handbook is a perfect example of why this page is a great spot on the Web to save in your Favorites section. Here is where you can find the handbook -- but for all the years I've been researching on the Internet I've never come across this particular link.
As you peruse this page, you'll find it's not packed with voluminous amounts of information -- just top quality links to places on the Web that I've never seen in any of my Google, Yahoo! or Excite searches, but places that now are logged into my Favorites file.
If you're relocating, log on to the Emerson Middle School website first -- most of the research has been done for you.