Comments on: Family Tree Maker and GPS http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/22/family-tree-maker-and-gps/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=family-tree-maker-and-gps The official blog of Ancestry Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:10:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 By: Davidhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/22/family-tree-maker-and-gps/#comment-45230 David Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:44:44 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3112#comment-45230 #8 Fred:
Thanks for adding the “datum” info request. I guess we’ve all set our hand-held units to WGS84 BUT most of the “old” USGS topo maps (in our area they were last updated in 1972) are based on NAD27 and when you get down to locating individual sites from/to the maps it does make a difference. I know this is getting technical for the everyday user but it is a big deal when it comes to GPS coordinates…
–David

]]>
By: Fred Newtonhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/22/family-tree-maker-and-gps/#comment-45177 Fred Newton Sat, 27 Mar 2010 01:32:21 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3112#comment-45177 I’m glad to see a spot for GPS coordinates on locations, but there needs to be a spot to note what datum was used. It’s naive to assume all coordinates are WGS84.

]]>
By: Tana L. Pedersenhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/22/family-tree-maker-and-gps/#comment-45175 Tana L. Pedersen Fri, 26 Mar 2010 21:19:31 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3112#comment-45175 # 2
Frank, as was mentioned the GPS and virtual maps work all over the world. The one thing to keep in mind is that the bird’s-eye view doesn’t work everywhere.

]]>
By: John Donaldsonhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/22/family-tree-maker-and-gps/#comment-45159 John Donaldson Thu, 25 Mar 2010 20:48:00 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3112#comment-45159 # 5 David

A US software producer using meters, that would be a first. :-)

Next you will be wanting to get rid of miles, pounds, US gallons and Farenheight and actually join the rest of the world.

The location calculator provides 3 means of adding GPS references but not meters (or metres as we spell it where I live – AU)

John D

]]>
By: Davidhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/22/family-tree-maker-and-gps/#comment-45155 David Thu, 25 Mar 2010 09:48:20 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3112#comment-45155 I KNOW most people use the degrees/m/s format for entering lat/lon and you include the three most common formats in the GPS feature. But, as the US moves “into the new century” I feel the metric-based UTM system will get wider use. I currently use it (yes, I am a science teacher) and it is much easier to locate places on maps “in the field” since you’re not dealing with degrees but with meters. Have you thought about including UTM?

]]>
By: John Donaldsonhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/22/family-tree-maker-and-gps/#comment-45135 John Donaldson Tue, 23 Mar 2010 20:29:17 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3112#comment-45135 # 2 Frank

The whole world

John D

]]>
By: Murphyhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/22/family-tree-maker-and-gps/#comment-45133 Murphy Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:30:31 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3112#comment-45133 GPS is nice, but one critically important feature still lacking is the ability to export links to multimedia files within GEDCOM exports.

This is basic funcationality that is missing from the software.

FTM really needs to address this. Is the feature coming or not? The users have been asking for it back during the November 2009 patch with no answer.

Thanks,
Murphy

]]>
By: Frankhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/22/family-tree-maker-and-gps/#comment-45132 Frank Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:17:33 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3112#comment-45132 Can you please clarify if it covers the area out of the US, I mean is this for the whole of the world or its just limited to the US?

]]>
By: Jameshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/22/family-tree-maker-and-gps/#comment-45131 James Tue, 23 Mar 2010 01:15:27 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3112#comment-45131 This is a nice feature. I “found” my 3rd Great Grandfather’s family cemetery through the map feature then traveled 400 miles to the cemetery. The “birds eye view” was very helpful in showing current landmarks, etc..

Regards,

]]>