Introducing PedigreeMap™ — an Interactive Map of Your Family History

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We’re happy to announce the launch of PedigreeMap™, an innovative way to visualize your family history. PedigreeMap plots events from your family tree such as births, marriages, and deaths, as well as digital and scanned photos on an interactive world map.

Have you ever wondered how close your ancestors lived to one another? Where exactly your great-grandmother was born? Seeing significant events from your family’s past on a map allows you to gain a clearer picture of your family’s journey. Trace the locations of your ancestors and get new geographical and historical insights into your family history. You may suddenly realize that all of your grandparents come from a tiny region in Europe; or that your second cousins are actually your neighbors.

PedigreeMap

PedigreeMap displays all your photos and events grouped by country and location, allowing you to easily filter the map to view it by person, family group, event type, and time period. If you have a tablet device, such as an iPad or an Android tablet, PedigreeMap will look awesome on it. You will be able to pan and zoom with your fingers, and enjoy the maps tremendously.

PedigreeMap is free for all users. To access it, log on to your MyHeritage family site and select PedigreeMap in the Family Tree menu. If you’re a new user, 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.

 

PedigreeMap displays family history events from your family tree on the map. MyHeritage runs a process in the background that converts every place name referenced in your family tree or your photos, into geographical coordinates. This process is called geocoding. After the coordinates are calculated, your family history events are plotted on the map.

The main screen of PedigreeMap shows the embedded map. On the left-hand side, there is a list of all places that appear in your family tree. The numbers on the list correspond to the number of references to each place in your family tree. The map shows pins for each location.

Use the mouse to pan the map, dragging it in all directions. You can zoom in or zoom out using the small plus and minus controls in the bottom left-hand corner.

Click on any place name in the list on the left in order to bring that place into view on the map. Whenever you click a location from the left-hand panel or on a pin in the map, MyHeritage will display all the events and photos that happened in that place in the right-hand panel.

Click on any of the items in the right-hand panel to zoom in and to see them in greater detail. This will reveal all the people involved in the event.

Click the calendar icon to edit an event, or the pencil icon to edit the place name. Use the drop down menu for each individual listed to view their profile, view them in the family tree, view their relationship, or to show all references to them on the map.

For photos referenced in the map, such as the photo below, you can also click the photo icon to view the photo in full size.

Filtering options

If you have more than one family tree on your family site, you can switch quickly between your family trees using the drop down menu.

PedigreeMap can display events and photos for all people in the family tree, or a subset pertaining to a particular individual or subset of individuals. Start typing in a person’s name, and you will receive suggestions immediately. You can then select a specific individual from the drop-down list.

After selecting an individual from the family tree, use the proximity drop-down box on the right to show places for his or her extended family, immediate family, ancestors, descendants, or only for that person.

By default, places are sorted by the number of references in descending order and are grouped by countries and states. Use the up/down arrow to sort by name instead and to clear the grouping. Choose to filter by place by entering a name in the search box above the list of places. Start typing in a place, and you will receive suggestions immediately.

Click the funnel icon on the top right for more filtering options. Choose to see births, deaths, photos, other, or any combination (by default, all of them will be checked). Move the year slider to show places that are referenced within a certain range of years (by default, this will include all events from all dates in your tree). Move the generations slider to show places that are referenced within a range of certain generations in your family tree. Click the full-screen icon to view PedigreeMap in full screen.

Place name standardization

One of the most useful features in PedigreeMap is the ability to “Find and Replace” place names for standardization and to improve the data quality in your family tree. If you have spelled a place name incorrectly or inconsistently throughout your tree, you can easily change these in PedigreeMap and this change will be reflected on that individual’s family tree profile. Place names are grouped by location so you can easily see if you have misspelled a place name.

PedigreeMap indicates places where you didn’t use standard canonicalized place names — for example, places that mention a city without the country name. It will detect spelling errors in place names, and suggest fixes. A small red dotted line next to a place name in the list indicates that there are further suggestions for change.

Clicking on a place name with a suggestion will show all events that happened there, and the errors or missing information can be edited on the spot.

Place names in the left-hand column that are ambiguous are listed with a gray exclamation mark next to them. In the example below, the city Salem was entered into the family tree. Salem can refer to a city in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, the capital of the U.S. state of Oregon, among other options.

If you click the exclamation mark, you will be presented with the most likely options, and you can select which one you meant. You can then choose to change all the references in the tree to that location.

Places that could not be located on the map are grouped at the bottom of the list on the left-hand side, and can be edited directly from PedigreeMap.

All of these tools help you avoid ambiguity and enhance the quality of your data entry.

Heatmap

Selecting the Heatmap visualization gives you a high-level view of your family history, showcasing which geographic areas have a higher concentration of references from your family tree. Access the Heatmap by clicking the Heatmap button on the bottom right-hand side of the map.

It is especially useful when combined with filtering by year and type. For example, selecting different year ranges and viewing the Heatmap for each selection will highlight the migration of your family over the years.

We invite you to try out PedigreeMap and get a new view of your family history.

In the future, we plan to make PedigreeMap even more useful by allowing you to not only view places from your own tree on the map, but letting you see all the public data from all the user trees on MyHeritage on the same map.

Imagine that your grandfather came from some small ancestral town in Poland. Our vision is to allow you to visit that town on the map, and see ALL the public photos taken in that town by ALL the users on MyHeritage. If your grandmother immigrated through Elis Island, and the ship that she sailed on departed from Hamburg, we will show you all the passengers and all the records from the ship. Your grandmother will appear on the map in Hamburg where she departed, in Ellis Island where she landed, and in Chicago where she later resided, along with all the people in other MyHeritage trees who made similar journeys.

We would like to evolve PedigreeMap into a tool for showing millions and even billions of data points, pictures, and events that have been shared publicly by other users. There will be an option to specifically filter the map and show places of interest in your family tree with data by all other users and all historical records. Then PedigreeMap will also become an exploration tool for historical records.

Enjoy!

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  • John Nieurzyla


    July 2, 2016

    Very good, and it will be useful.

  • Janice Bryant


    July 2, 2016

    The Pedigree Map will be most useful. Please note that the Australian state you have labelled “Southern Australia” is “South Australia”.

  • Jay Rogers


    July 2, 2016

    Very interesting.
    Couple of questions:
    What’s the cost to a myheritage member.
    Can the map be used on my iPad. If it can, can I send or have sent a copy of the iPad-capable package to other members of my family so they can see all of this wonderful information on OUR family?
    Thanks,
    Jay Rogers in San Antonio

    • Esther


      July 3, 2016

      Hi Jay,

      The PedigreeMap is completely free for MyHeritage users. All of your family site members will be able to access the map just like you. PedigreeMap looks amazing on an iPad, and it’s easy to use as well.

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Janice


    July 2, 2016

    Interesting concept – I’ll have to check it out. Now MH users need a pedigree format for display of their family tree! Would like to be able to view where I am, then the generations preceding from each line. I’m sure members would like an easier way to navigate their trees. Thank you.

  • Sondra


    July 6, 2016

    Very nice addition! Thank you MyHeritage for continually working to improve the researcher/data/sharing experience.

  • Bruce Blakeslee


    July 28, 2016

    This is wonderful. When I first saw it and began using it I became overwhelmed with the density of the data. One question, will there be a way to bring the mapped data into a printed document? I can crudely do this now but not all of the info comes to the printed document in a logical or pleasant looking formatted document.

    • Esther


      July 31, 2016

      Hi Bruce,

      There isn’t currently a way to print out data from the PedigreeMap. Thanks for the suggestion!

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • John Bruce Bateman


    August 3, 2016

    sounds interesting

  • don farrell


    August 3, 2016

    sounds great

  • Phil


    August 3, 2016

    I have dreamed for years of something like the heat map to follow migration of my family. If that were all you added, I would be very happy. It looks like you have gone above and beyond my wild wishes, and I feel like a kid in a candystore.

    Thank you so much!

  • Mike Shrout


    August 4, 2016

    Bruce,
    I use the “snipping tool” to turn pages from programs like Pedigree Map into jpegs. You could tie them to reports from MyHeritage.

    This feature look like it will be fun. I’ll have to play with it much more.

  • Anne Stewart Ball


    August 4, 2016

    The feature looks good. Will try it.

  • Anne Stewart Ball


    August 4, 2016

    Oh my gosh. The map is absolutely wonderful. Something that has added so much to our family history. Thankyou.

  • Anthony Fry


    August 4, 2016

    Well done

  • Valorie Zimmerman


    August 4, 2016

    I love the map!

  • Donna Austin


    August 4, 2016

    Can’t wait to jump right in and use this, thanks.

  • Keith


    August 4, 2016

    Fantastic work it will really help

  • Keith


    August 4, 2016

    Fantastic it will really help researching s person

  • Emil Perera


    August 4, 2016

    The feature is very good. I will try. Thank you

  • CHARLESjr


    August 4, 2016

    seems to be headed my way;)

  • Peter B Gushue


    August 4, 2016

    Absolutely fascinating!

  • George


    August 4, 2016

    Love it

  • Eric Clark


    August 4, 2016

    Sounds good. I”LL need to try it

  • Gloria Johnson


    August 4, 2016

    Sounds interesting. Hope it turns out well. Will have to try it.

  • Warren Atkins


    August 4, 2016

    Well done. looks very comprehensive, you dont mention cost however.

    • Esther


      August 5, 2016

      Hi Warren,

      PedigreeMap is free. Enjoy using it!

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Christine Baughan


    August 5, 2016

    Pedigreemap is brilliant! Thanks so much.

  • Lucia Bertens


    August 5, 2016

    Looks very interesting, like to try it .

  • Nancy Guay


    August 5, 2016

    Very interesting and I sure would like to try it out.

  • josie hemphill


    August 5, 2016

    sounds good

  • josie hemphill


    August 5, 2016

    I would like to try it.

  • Carin Thompson


    August 5, 2016

    this looks very good . I will try it out can I print my family tree out using this progamm

  • Jane Jackson Rhoades


    August 5, 2016

    I am very interested in trying to use the map. And learning all that is to be able to know of countries our families came from. And finding it quickly on the maps will bring it more than real it will be eye opening and heart full. Thanks

  • Dottie


    August 5, 2016

    Willing to try this.

  • Margaret jones


    August 5, 2016

    Looks good!

  • Margaret jones


    August 5, 2016

    Looks good to me!

  • Judith Vearing


    August 5, 2016

    Wow,that’s incredible!What a privilege to live in this technological age.

    Judith Vearing

  • Carlos J Alicea


    August 5, 2016

    Let’s try.

  • Mrs Lorraine Webb


    August 5, 2016

    Very interesting how you have been able to obtain and combined information everywhere.

    Thank You from myself and my family.
    Lorraine Frances Webb

  • Michael Davis


    August 5, 2016

    I have tried it and the map is such a joy to see and use. Navigating will take some time with all you can do with it.

  • Jack S Douglas


    August 5, 2016

    Good idea!

    Jack S. Douglas

  • Connie Dodson


    August 5, 2016

    This is how I want to look at my ancestors, where they lived, where their ancestors were, and all my direct ancestors at a specific time in history. Do I understand this, correctly? I can select 1066AD or 12th century?

    • Esther


      August 7, 2016

      Hi Connie,

      Provided that you have places listed in your tree for events that happened during that time, you should be able to filter a certain time period and then see all the events in your family tree for that time period.

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Bruce Kinser Powell


    August 5, 2016

    Sure would be nice to be able to print it out….

  • Dave Tingey


    August 5, 2016

    Wow sounds great

  • Garland Ingram/Ingram


    August 5, 2016

    Looks good

  • Garland Ingram/Ingram


    August 5, 2016

    I would really like to try it and am veryerested.

  • Marveta Davis b. Munyon


    August 5, 2016

    Wowsa! I’m impressed!

  • Annette von Brughan


    August 5, 2016

    What a wonderful help. Thank you so much!

  • Warren Gavin


    August 6, 2016

    Thank you Esther. I would very much like to use it as my ancestors appear to have moved all over the world from Ireland & I am having trouble trying to work out who is who.

  • Lynne Stoddart


    August 6, 2016

    All looks great & wish I’d seen it 6mths ago to really start studying better – still will look into it further.

  • Bernice Henke


    August 8, 2016

    I would be interested in receiving this. I love genealogy.

  • Roland McCarthy


    August 8, 2016

    I like the ideaand think it is useful.

  • Linda Belgarde


    August 10, 2016

    I would love to find out about my heiratige

  • Alfred Hewitt


    August 10, 2016

    A great idea congrats,

  • phillip s cox


    August 10, 2016

    i like

  • Garland Ingraham/Ingram


    August 11, 2016

    Would like to know the cost before ordering

    • Esther


      August 15, 2016

      Hi Garland,

      The PedigreeMap is a free feature for anyone with a family tree on MyHeritage.
      We hope that you enjoy using it!

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Desmond George Hancox


    August 12, 2016

    It looks good to me,I will look into it further

  • marlene cooper


    August 14, 2016

    like

  • Judith Anne Kent Ibrahimoglu


    August 19, 2016

    Sounds great

  • Klára Solti


    August 23, 2016

    Fantasztikus lehetőség ! KÖSZÖNÖM !!!!

  • lynn wilson


    August 23, 2016

    thanks, looks like fun to see where people are living and moving about the world.

  • eric Wells


    November 14, 2016

    I have been unable to install this new feature, how do you do it??

    • Esther


      November 15, 2016

      Hi Eric,

      You’ll be able to access your PedigreeMap on your family site, under the tab Family Tree.

      Best,
      Esther

  • Julie Anne Williams


    January 12, 2017

    Excellent information to see how our ancestors travel around the globe