Today, I would like to introduce you to the My Maps view, a new way to visualize your family. In the My Maps view you begin with a world view of your family, and from there you can examine any country your family lived in. When working with maps remember that these are current maps showing today’s modern-day political boundaries. When you place your family on a map in GenDetective, you are looking at the current day countries or states you would be traveling to.
Looking at the picture above, starting on the left, you will see a list of the maps that correspond to the locations listed in your family tree. Each country is represented by its flag and if you click on the flag you will see your family displayed on the map of the country.
In the center section of the screen is the map itself. Click on any country to see a map
of that country showing its state boundaries. Below the map is a section of data. This is the data that corresponds to the information displayed on the map. These lists contain:
- The number of people for a country
- Number of events you have identified for each country
- Average number of events per person located
- Country name (historic country names may not be displayed on the map). Click on the country name to see a map of the country!
- Report button which will create a report that tells you information about this country.
On the right side of the screen is a series of fields. Starting from the top, they are:
1. The relatives to include on the map. Options include direct, close, intermediate, distant, all and the individual relationships that are in your tree. Choices frequently include, parents, grandparents, great grandparents, 2nd great grandparents, 3rd great grandparents … 1st cousins, 2nd cousins … you get the idea. This powerful option allows you to see, by generation, where your family lived and how they migrated.
2. Two option buttons Events and People, which allow you to control what is mapped. What’s the difference? Many times the events located are a reflection of our research in any given country and our familiarity with their record collections. Mapping only the number of people who were in a location takes your research areas out of the picture.
3. The Reports of Interest contains a list of reports that are associated with each map. If you click on a country, the list of reports will change, and if you run one of those reports, it will “know” which country you are looking at and use that selection for the contents of the report.
Two things to keep in mind:
- A country flag will be there even if you change your view to direct relatives only, and if it is 1st cousins who were in a given country, and you are looking at directs the map will show no one!
- Don’t forget about generic locations. Those are the country and state locations, ie. born in Germany, died in California, and those places show at a top-level (country level or state level), but as you examine each country or state, those places are not displayed on the map. They will be listed in the chart area at the bottom of the map where the places are shown.
Next blog we will take a look at the state maps in closer detail. What do you think?