Family maps not only add a new dimension to your family story, they are also invaluable research aids. Using Map My Family Tree™ you can see where your family lived and migrated over time, and at the same time spot misspellings, incomplete, ambiguous or missing place names in your genealogy database – and more. Explore this section for an in-depth look at what Map My Family Tree can do for you.
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Pinpoint Locations of Births, Marriages and Deaths
Map My Family Tree will automatically geographically-code all life events in your genealogy research database (i.e., births, marriages, deaths, etc.) and plot them on maps from around the world. If there is more than one life event per geographic location, a single dot will represent the multiple events. Zoom to see the detail for that location.
Zoom In for More Detail
Map My Family Tree uses state-of-the-art vector mapping technology so you don’t lose any detail. To see more geographic detail on each life map, simply zoom in. To see regional migration patterns better, zoom out for a broader geographic view.
Track Family Migrations
Tracking migration patterns on a family map can add a whole new dimension to your genealogy research. This is especially easy using the world and country maps provided by Map My Family Tree. Use the zoom in feature to see more details regarding the events at specific locations of the migration route.
Select Time Period for Your Life Map
Use the time scroll bar to select dynamically the time period you want displayed on your family map. As you slide the thumbtrack along the scroll bar, you will see the towns “twinkling” to show the movements, voyages and migrations of your ancestors.
Link to Online Maps, Satellite Images and Aerial Photographs
Map My Family Tree automatically links to Google Earth™, Google Maps™, TerraServer® USA and MapQuest.com® so that you can see your ancestors’ home towns on maps, satellite images and aerial photographs as they appear today. Simply select a place name from the gazetteer and click on the Internet button to select which online service you want to use.
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Filter Your Genealogy Data
Filter your genealogy research data by name, ancestor line, descendant line, date, event type and gender in order to select the people and events you want displayed on your family map. This is especially helpful when you want to create maps with single family lines, births only, events from a specific time period, etc.
Add Place Markers to Maps
In order to highlight certain individuals, family lines, events, etc., Map My Family Tree lets you place markers at selected locations. You can choose from a list of place markers of various shapes and colors provided, or import your own images.
Customize Fonts and Colors for Your Family Maps
Map My Family Tree provides over 16-million colors and a wide range of font styles and sizes to help you customize the look and feel of your life maps. Color can add clarity to the presentation of your genealogy research, which also enhances the vividness of your family stories.
Quickly Search for Place Names
With Map My Family Tree you can look up over 3.3-million place names from around the world, including US churches and cemeteries. If there is more than one location for that place name, all options (along with their latitude and longitude) will be displayed. Imagine how this powerful time-saving feature can help your family history search!
Check Your Genealogy Data for Inaccuracies
Spell-check all Place Names
With Map My Family Tree you can quickly identify misspelled place names not only in your genealogy database, but also in any GEDCOM file you may be importing into your family history records. Simply copy and paste the corrected spelling provided into to your genealogy file.
Find Missing Counties and Other Places
Map My Family Tree will list all incomplete place names in your genealogy database and fill in the missing blanks. This is especially helpful when you need county names to research census records. If there is more than one possible correction (for example there is a place called Shiloh in 10 different counties in Tennessee), Map My Family Tree will list them all.
Identify all Data Errors
In addition to misspellings and incomplete place names, Map My Family Tree will pinpoint names that are ambiguous, listed with the wrong county or other geographic jurisdiction, as well as names that are unknown, non-specific, missing commas, or missing altogether. This powerful genealogy research feature highlights how useful it can be to create life maps.
Define Custom Places for Family Maps
Using Map My Family Tree you can add other place names, such as historical place names that no longer exist, to any life map. Use the built-in gazetteer to select place names, or record unofficial and little-known names (like Grandpa’s Homestead) by latitude and longitude. Think of creative ways you can show meaningful places on a map, and take that colorful story in wall-chart format to your next family reunion!