Ancestry.com now helps you visualize where important events occurred in the lives of your ancestors by placing their events on a map.
How do I use it?
We’ve updated the family tree so that just about anywhere we show a place, you can click on that place and see the link on the map. When we display the map we’ll also show all the events for the person. It’s been fun for me to start visualizing these places in my tree that I’ve been staring at for so many years. The map let you see the streets and roads, or select an aerial view to get satellite images.
We’ve worked hard to make this easy to use, but for any who want a fun tutorial, we’ve created a pretty great tutorial that walks you through all the map’s features. Just click the question mark in the green circle at the top right hand corner of the screen.
In addition to viewing the important places in your family members’ lives, you can also find places to help you in your research efforts. We have links to show local cemeteries and courthouses, and “Other Places” link displays a list of additional display options where you can find historical information—churches, historical sites, libraries and archives, and government buildings.
If the locations in your tree aren’t found by our mapping tool, we’ll help suggest possible matching locations to display. If you have no location entered for some of your events, the map feature allows you to enter in location information which will then be stored to your tree.
Got Suggestions or Feedback?
We have lots of plans for the future on how to make this feature even better than it is. Your feedback is a crucial part of the improvement process; please let us know what you think of the map feature and what improvements you would like to see. Add a comment or send me an email (kfreestone at tgn.com).
Bugs we’re working on
- A pop up will randomly flash when clicking between the pins and the side panel.
- If a group is open and you want to click a single pin that’s not in the group (appears grayed out), you have to mouse over the side bar to close the group before the single pin is clickable. This only happens if you want to click on the pin rather than on event in the list.
- Most of the point-of-interest data (cemeteries, courthouses etc.) shows up in the U.S., Canada, and to a lesser extent European countries. We are working on acquiring more relevant and accurate point-of-interest data.