AUTHORED BY TANA L. PEDERSEN
We’ve all been there. You’ve spent days (or years) looking for a relative’s grave, and when you finally locate it in a middle-of-nowhere cemetery, you realize that you’ll never remember how you got there. Or be able to explain to anyone else how find the same location.
In years past you might have created your own genealogy-style treasure map. But today we’re lucky to have technology such as Global Positioning System (GPS). Many mobile phones have built-in GPS functionality and personal GPS receivers are readily available and fairly inexpensive. And now with Family Tree Maker 2010, you have a place to permanently record those coordinates.
Entering GPS coordinates in Family Tree Maker is simple. Click the Places button on the main toolbar and select the location you want to add coordinates for in the list on the left side of the window. On the right side of the window, you’ll see the name of the location. If you hover your mouse of the Location field, a calculator icon will appear.
Click the calculator icon and the Location Calculator window opens.
Enter the coordinates and click OK. It’s as simple as that.
So the next time you stumble upon the old family homestead, record the GPS coordinates in Family Tree Maker and not only will you be able to find it again, but so will other family members down the line.