MyHeritage is the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving, and sharing family history. They recently launched PedigreeMap. It is an innovative way to visualize family history and it is optimized for tablets.
PedigreeMap displays all events in a MyHeritage user’s family tree, such as births, marriages, and deaths, as well as digital photos and scanned historical photos, on an interactive map. This allows users to trace the locations of their ancestors and gain new insights into their lives. All data is grouped by country and location, and users can easily filter their view of the map by person, family group, event type, and time period.
It is recommended that you use PedigreeMap on your tablet device. It is compatible with both iPad and Android tablets. PedigreeMap will look awesome on a tablet (but can be used via the website as well). The advantage of using it on a tablet is that you can easily pan and zoom in with your fingers and get a lot of enjoyment out of the maps.
PedigreeMap is available for free for all MyHeritage users. To access it, log on to your MyHeritage family site and select PedigreeMap in the Apps menu. If you are a new user of MyHeritage, sign up first from the MyHeritage homepage, upload your family tree as a GEDCOM file, and you can immediately view a PedigreeMap for your family tree.
How does it work? MyHeritage runs a process in the background that converts every place name referenced in your family tree or your photos into geographical coordinates. That process is called geocoding. After the coordinates are calculated, your family history events are plotted on the map.
MyHeritage has a helpful blog post that can walk you through how to use PedigreeMap. The blog post is also a good way to learn about what PedigreeMap can do.
One cool thing about PedigreeMap is that it has tools that can help you avoid ambiguity in your labeling of items. It will give you a list of terms that you used to identify or describe photos that it could not find on a map. For example, PedigreeMap cannot find locations like “in the garden”, or “same house”.
MyHeritage has plans for making PedigreeMap even more useful in the future. It plans to allow you to not only view places from your own tree on the map, but also to let you see all the public data from all the MyHeritage users trees on the same map. MyHeritage wants to evolve PedigreeMap into a tool for showing millions (or billions) of data points, pictures, and events that have been publicly shared by users.
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