Map My Ancestors
is a software program designed to map genealogy
files using the Gedcom format employed by programs such
as Legacy, Rootsmagic or Family Tree Maker. For a
detailed tutorial on using Map My Ancestors
use the following link.
Begin by import your
Gedcom file in Map My Ancestors. Select file open and
chose the Gedcom option. Navigate to the location where
you have stored the Gedcom file and select the file.
Once you have selected your Gedcom file MMA will
proceed to geocode all the locations associated with the
individuals in your file(select the Places window). This
important and time consuming part of the mapping
process. Once the Yahoo geo-coding engine has processed
the records it assigns a "star" rating to the locations.
You should confirm each record by highlighting it
and checking the map. If you are satisfied that the
location is correct click the green button. Note the
stars turn green. The nice thing about MMA is it will
retain this location in its internal data base and any
subsequent file that contains this location will be
Those unknown or uncertain locations......
The Yahoo geo-coding
engine will not geocode all your locations correctly.
In fact it may be stumped or "confused" by many. If the
place cannot be found or if you think it is incorrect
you will have to do some digging.
If your locations are in
the United Kingdom use
Streetmap.co.uk. If Streetmap finds the location
look to the bottom of the page for the Click here to
convert to coordinates link. Copy the post code and
paste it in the search for field in MMA and hit your
You might also use
Google Maps for stubborn places. I will search Google
Maps for a place and include "post office" or "school".
Google will return a list of schools or post offices for
that place. Copy the postal code for the location and
paste it into the search for field in MMA.
Those really stubborn locations.......
Have you misspelled the
name of the place? Has the spelling changed over time?
Does the place no longer exist but you know
approximately where it is? Use the internet. Historical
locations will often be found on the internet as other
Genealogists may be looking for the same location or may
have found it. Use your detective skills!
Select your Data:
Once you are satisfied
with the locations chose the selection option.
- select all
individuals or specific individuals
- sort on the date
and highlight a date range
- highlight an
individual in the main list and select ancestors or
Select map it and Google
earth will map the file. You also have the option not to
include the distribution map, in which case only markers
for each record would be shown. If more than one record
appears at one location the distribution folder will
list all the records at that point(see the image to the
right). If you pass your cursor over the location the
points will "fan" and each record can be selected to
view the details associated with that point.
Once mapped you can return to Map My Ancestors and
adjust any of the parameters and remap. Finally save the
file as a Google Earth KMZ file.