Monday, August 6, 2012

Mappy Monday–Fun with and an Upcoming Cool Feature too!

Have you tried yet?  It’s a virtual pin mapping website.  A while back I created an account, but I have to admit I didn’t pursue it much further than that.

But thanks to Lorine at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog, I gave it another look.  Her recent post Playing with and Loving it! inspired me to give it another try. And I have to say, I like what I see!

Thomas MacEntee at GeneaBloggers also wrote a great post titled – A Way To Plot Cluster Genealogy Research.  Make sure to check out both Lorine and Thomas's awesome and informative articles.

Here’s an example of what you can do with

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This is a map of where my great-grand uncle, Rollin Waterman Webster, lived in Chicago, Illinois between 1900-1940.  (I added the arrows and labels with SnagIt.)

I have added pins for several different ancestors over the last day or so.  And as I added more pins to my map on, I started to wish there was a way to “tag” individuals or families so only they would show up on the map instead of ALL of my ancestor's pins showing up at one time.

So, I asked about this on’s Facebook page as well as on their blog.  I got an almost immediate response via Facebook.  Here’s our conversation:
Me:  I'm using for genealogy. Is there a way to "tag" different families so I can go to all of their pins without seeing any other pins all over the map?  Jana - Welcome to UE! There will be very shortly! We are in the process of finishing up some coding changes that will allow you to create different maps for different family members.... it's the biggest update of features yet! It shouldn't be a long wait and you can keep dropping pins in the meantime... we're creating a way for you to designated the pins you have already placed!
Pretty awesome right?  I’m excited about this update!  Thanks!

Have you tried yet?  What do you think?

Thanks for reading!

UPDATE:  The upcoming cool feature from is up and running!  You can now create customized maps, ie. a different map for each surname, etc.  Awesome!

Thanks for reading!


Copyright © Jana Last 2012


  1. Thanks Jana. It's got the potential to be really useful for family history but so far very light on in Australia.

    1. Thannks so much for stopping by Pauleen. Yes, I can see it being quite interesting for family history research, especially when the "tag" feature is up and running.

  2. This looks like fun, Jana. I'll have to give it a try! Thanks for the explanation--it always helps to hear how people have used new tools.

    1. Hi Shelley, I hope you like It is a cool genealogy tool. Thanks for stopping by!




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