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Frequently Asked Questions
If your Family Map question is not listed here, or if you need further information,
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What is a family map?

Family Map is a feature that uses the information in your file to display your ancestors' important life events on a current world map. When you are viewing your file in My Family Tree, just click on the surname of any family and select the "Family Map" option. A separate pop-up window will display a Google Map of the world. Vital life events for each member of the selected family will be marked with a special icon.

This is a sample of what you might see on a Family Map:

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How do I view a family map?

When you are viewing your pedigree chart, you can bring up a family map by clicking on the surname of any family. This will bring up a Edit Family menu. From there, click the "Family Map" link. The family map will appear in a pop-up window.

If the family you wish to view a family map for is not currently displayed on your pedigree chart, use the List Families icon from the toolbar at the top of the pedigree chart to locate them. Once you have located the family in the list, click their names to be taken to their family group record. From there, click the Reset Tree icon from the toolbar. That family should now be shown in the first position of your pedigree chart.

Here is a sample family map:

Once your family map is displaying, you can move around and view details using the following navigation icons:

  • Map type: You can select whether to view your Family Map as an illustration or as an actual image taken by satellite.

  • Arrows/mouse: You can move around the map either by using the arrows in the upper left or by clicking and dragging anywhere on the map.

  • Street view: If you grab the icon of the little orange man and drop him somewhere on the map, you will be shown a street view of that location. A fun way to see what your ancestor's hometown looks like today!

  • Zoom: You can zoom in or out by using the slider on the left side of the screen. You may need to zoom in to see all of your event markers.

  • Event marker: Each of these markers indicates a vital life event for at least one family member occurred at that location. Click on the event marker to see details of what event(s) took place at that location.

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Why won't my family map display?

If you have clicked on the family map option but either nothing happened or the window that popped up was blank, here are a few suggestions:

  • If a window pops up, but the display is completely blue, you are looking at the ocean. Check to make sure that you have included place information for vital life events for this family. The family map feature uses the information that you have entered into your file to chart a map of your ancestors' lives. If you have not entered any place information for the family's births, marriages, and deaths, there are no events for the program to chart and your map will be centered over the ocean.
  • If a window pops up, but remains blank and you have included place information for life events for this family, try closing the pop- up window and clicking the Family Map link again. If you have tried several times and still can not get the map to display, please Contact Us so that we can look into the matter.
  • If no window pops up when you click the Family Map link, check to see if you have blocked pop-up windows. There is an option in most browsers that will allow you to block all pop-up windows. If you have selected this option, you will need to change it so that pop-up windows are allowed for our site. Once you have done that, try again.
  • If you do not have pop-up windows blocked for our site and no map pops up when you click the Family Map link, try minimizing your browser window to see if the map has popped up in the background. In the upper right-hand corner of your browser window, you will see three small buttons: a "_", a box, and an "X". Click the "_" button to minimize the window.
If you have read through these suggestions and still can not get your Family Map to correctly display, please Contact Us so that we can look into the matter.

Return to Topics


How can a family map help my research?

Maps are an essential part of genealogical research. Here are just a few ways that the Family Map option in My Family Tree might be useful to your research:

  • Family Map utilizes the Google Maps tool, which is a comprehensive map of the world that can be used to see the entire globe or a view of one individual street. This means that you can easily see what other cities, counties, and even countries border the area where your ancestor lived on the same map that you can use to see what part of town their house was in. This can save you the necessity of having several maps (a city, country, and world atlas for example) at hand for reference.
  • Being able to see the life events of all family members marked on an individual map can help you to identify the family's pattern of migration. If you have been unable to find the birth of a child, visualizing the family's movements in this way might suggest other possible locations to search.
  • Most, if not all, genealogists will eventually run into the problem of trying to identify an ancestor among several candidates of the same name. A good place to start is to consider which of the individuals lived in or nearby the same areas as known members of the family. To determine that, you need to be able to have in mind all of the places where members of that family lived. Being able to instantly bring up a family map, which pinpoints the exact locations of vital life events, makes that much easier.
  • And finally, it's always interesting to learn more about the area where your ancestors lived. Wouldn't it be fun to see if the house where your great grandmother was born is still standing? Or just "take a walk" down the street where your great-great grandfather raised his family? The Family Map tool, by utilizing Google Maps, allows you to do just that without ever leaving the comfort of your computer chair. The "street view" feature allows you to see exactly what your ancestor's hometown looks like today.

Return to Topics

Copyright © 2013-2018 Fficiency Software, Inc. All rights reserved.

Family Map FAQ

Family Map
Frequently Asked Questions
If your Family Map question is not listed here, or if you need further information,
please send us an email at


What is a family map?

Family Map is a feature that uses the information in your file to display your ancestors' important life events on a current world map. When you are viewing your file in My Family Tree, just click on the surname of any family and select the "Family Map" option. A separate pop-up window will display a Google Map of the world. Vital life events for each member of the selected family will be marked with a special icon.

This is a sample of what you might see on a Family Map:

Return to Topics


How do I view a family map?

When you are viewing your pedigree chart, you can bring up a family map by clicking on the surname of any family. This will bring up a Edit Family menu. From there, click the "Family Map" link. The family map will appear in a pop-up window.

If the family you wish to view a family map for is not currently displayed on your pedigree chart, use the List Families icon from the toolbar at the top of the pedigree chart to locate them. Once you have located the family in the list, click their names to be taken to their family group record. From there, click the Reset Tree icon from the toolbar. That family should now be shown in the first position of your pedigree chart.

Here is a sample family map:

Once your family map is displaying, you can move around and view details using the following navigation icons:

  • Map type: You can select whether to view your Family Map as an illustration or as an actual image taken by satellite.

  • Arrows/mouse: You can move around the map either by using the arrows in the upper left or by clicking and dragging anywhere on the map.

  • Street view: If you grab the icon of the little orange man and drop him somewhere on the map, you will be shown a street view of that location. A fun way to see what your ancestor's hometown looks like today!

  • Zoom: You can zoom in or out by using the slider on the left side of the screen. You may need to zoom in to see all of your event markers.

  • Event marker: Each of these markers indicates a vital life event for at least one family member occurred at that location. Click on the event marker to see details of what event(s) took place at that location.

Return to Topics


Why won't my family map display?

If you have clicked on the family map option but either nothing happened or the window that popped up was blank, here are a few suggestions:

  • If a window pops up, but the display is completely blue, you are looking at the ocean. Check to make sure that you have included place information for vital life events for this family. The family map feature uses the information that you have entered into your file to chart a map of your ancestors' lives. If you have not entered any place information for the family's births, marriages, and deaths, there are no events for the program to chart and your map will be centered over the ocean.
  • If a window pops up, but remains blank and you have included place information for life events for this family, try closing the pop- up window and clicking the Family Map link again. If you have tried several times and still can not get the map to display, please Contact Us so that we can look into the matter.
  • If no window pops up when you click the Family Map link, check to see if you have blocked pop-up windows. There is an option in most browsers that will allow you to block all pop-up windows. If you have selected this option, you will need to change it so that pop-up windows are allowed for our site. Once you have done that, try again.
  • If you do not have pop-up windows blocked for our site and no map pops up when you click the Family Map link, try minimizing your browser window to see if the map has popped up in the background. In the upper right-hand corner of your browser window, you will see three small buttons: a "_", a box, and an "X". Click the "_" button to minimize the window.
If you have read through these suggestions and still can not get your Family Map to correctly display, please Contact Us so that we can look into the matter.

Return to Topics


How can a family map help my research?

Maps are an essential part of genealogical research. Here are just a few ways that the Family Map option in My Family Tree might be useful to your research:

  • Family Map utilizes the Google Maps tool, which is a comprehensive map of the world that can be used to see the entire globe or a view of one individual street. This means that you can easily see what other cities, counties, and even countries border the area where your ancestor lived on the same map that you can use to see what part of town their house was in. This can save you the necessity of having several maps (a city, country, and world atlas for example) at hand for reference.
  • Being able to see the life events of all family members marked on an individual map can help you to identify the family's pattern of migration. If you have been unable to find the birth of a child, visualizing the family's movements in this way might suggest other possible locations to search.
  • Most, if not all, genealogists will eventually run into the problem of trying to identify an ancestor among several candidates of the same name. A good place to start is to consider which of the individuals lived in or nearby the same areas as known members of the family. To determine that, you need to be able to have in mind all of the places where members of that family lived. Being able to instantly bring up a family map, which pinpoints the exact locations of vital life events, makes that much easier.
  • And finally, it's always interesting to learn more about the area where your ancestors lived. Wouldn't it be fun to see if the house where your great grandmother was born is still standing? Or just "take a walk" down the street where your great-great grandfather raised his family? The Family Map tool, by utilizing Google Maps, allows you to do just that without ever leaving the comfort of your computer chair. The "street view" feature allows you to see exactly what your ancestor's hometown looks like today.

Return to Topics

Copyright © 2013-2018 Fficiency Software, Inc. All rights reserved.

Family Map FAQ

Family Map
Frequently Asked Questions
If your Family Map question is not listed here, or if you need further information,
please send us an email at


What is a family map?

Family Map is a feature that uses the information in your file to display your ancestors' important life events on a current world map. When you are viewing your file in My Family Tree, just click on the surname of any family and select the "Family Map" option. A separate pop-up window will display a Google Map of the world. Vital life events for each member of the selected family will be marked with a special icon.

This is a sample of what you might see on a Family Map:

Return to Topics


How do I view a family map?

When you are viewing your pedigree chart, you can bring up a family map by clicking on the surname of any family. This will bring up a Edit Family menu. From there, click the "Family Map" link. The family map will appear in a pop-up window.

If the family you wish to view a family map for is not currently displayed on your pedigree chart, use the List Families icon from the toolbar at the top of the pedigree chart to locate them. Once you have located the family in the list, click their names to be taken to their family group record. From there, click the Reset Tree icon from the toolbar. That family should now be shown in the first position of your pedigree chart.

Here is a sample family map:

Once your family map is displaying, you can move around and view details using the following navigation icons:

  • Map type: You can select whether to view your Family Map as an illustration or as an actual image taken by satellite.

  • Arrows/mouse: You can move around the map either by using the arrows in the upper left or by clicking and dragging anywhere on the map.

  • Street view: If you grab the icon of the little orange man and drop him somewhere on the map, you will be shown a street view of that location. A fun way to see what your ancestor's hometown looks like today!

  • Zoom: You can zoom in or out by using the slider on the left side of the screen. You may need to zoom in to see all of your event markers.

  • Event marker: Each of these markers indicates a vital life event for at least one family member occurred at that location. Click on the event marker to see details of what event(s) took place at that location.

Return to Topics


Why won't my family map display?

If you have clicked on the family map option but either nothing happened or the window that popped up was blank, here are a few suggestions:

  • If a window pops up, but the display is completely blue, you are looking at the ocean. Check to make sure that you have included place information for vital life events for this family. The family map feature uses the information that you have entered into your file to chart a map of your ancestors' lives. If you have not entered any place information for the family's births, marriages, and deaths, there are no events for the program to chart and your map will be centered over the ocean.
  • If a window pops up, but remains blank and you have included place information for life events for this family, try closing the pop- up window and clicking the Family Map link again. If you have tried several times and still can not get the map to display, please Contact Us so that we can look into the matter.
  • If no window pops up when you click the Family Map link, check to see if you have blocked pop-up windows. There is an option in most browsers that will allow you to block all pop-up windows. If you have selected this option, you will need to change it so that pop-up windows are allowed for our site. Once you have done that, try again.
  • If you do not have pop-up windows blocked for our site and no map pops up when you click the Family Map link, try minimizing your browser window to see if the map has popped up in the background. In the upper right-hand corner of your browser window, you will see three small buttons: a "_", a box, and an "X". Click the "_" button to minimize the window.
If you have read through these suggestions and still can not get your Family Map to correctly display, please Contact Us so that we can look into the matter.

Return to Topics


How can a family map help my research?

Maps are an essential part of genealogical research. Here are just a few ways that the Family Map option in My Family Tree might be useful to your research:

  • Family Map utilizes the Google Maps tool, which is a comprehensive map of the world that can be used to see the entire globe or a view of one individual street. This means that you can easily see what other cities, counties, and even countries border the area where your ancestor lived on the same map that you can use to see what part of town their house was in. This can save you the necessity of having several maps (a city, country, and world atlas for example) at hand for reference.
  • Being able to see the life events of all family members marked on an individual map can help you to identify the family's pattern of migration. If you have been unable to find the birth of a child, visualizing the family's movements in this way might suggest other possible locations to search.
  • Most, if not all, genealogists will eventually run into the problem of trying to identify an ancestor among several candidates of the same name. A good place to start is to consider which of the individuals lived in or nearby the same areas as known members of the family. To determine that, you need to be able to have in mind all of the places where members of that family lived. Being able to instantly bring up a family map, which pinpoints the exact locations of vital life events, makes that much easier.
  • And finally, it's always interesting to learn more about the area where your ancestors lived. Wouldn't it be fun to see if the house where your great grandmother was born is still standing? Or just "take a walk" down the street where your great-great grandfather raised his family? The Family Map tool, by utilizing Google Maps, allows you to do just that without ever leaving the comfort of your computer chair. The "street view" feature allows you to see exactly what your ancestor's hometown looks like today.

Return to Topics

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