A recent post by Genealogist Amy Johnson Crow offered an option for historical currency conversion that would assist a researcher in determining, "How Much Was That Back Then?" Amy suggests the site Wolfram Alpha. It got me thinking about other facts in our ancestors lives and how we can truly understand what their lives were like. I have used the site historicalstatistics.org a few times and have found it useful. The site is located in Sweden which means it has some great European resources, but it lists North American sources as well.
This site includes conversions such as measurements, calendar, clock, birthday, world population, foreign exchange rates and many more.
Sometimes understanding more about how our ancestors lived is only a matter of converting present day statistics and concepts back to a specific time or place.