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This is my 6 generation map.

A while back I was introduced to RootsMapper.  It’s a free website that accesses your FamilySearch account and generates a map with ancestor birth locations.  You can decide how many generations to show on your map by selecting 1 generation up to 10 generations.  On the map you will see colored bubbles with numbers.  The numbers represent which generation that person falls into in your tree with you being number one.  The pink are for female ancestors and the blue for male ancestors.  The bubbles are then linked to their child so you can follow the arcs from person to person if you wish.  You can hover over each number to see who that number represents.  It will show a small pop-up box with their name and a life span range.  See below:

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Map with one pop-up box showing.

There are several options to change things up.  The option I think is especially cool is that you can choose a different start person.  So I can switch from me to say my great grandmother and see a map that represents her ancestry.

This information all comes from FamilySearch so of course the map is only as accurate as the tree.  If you haven’t put yourself in the tree, linked yourself correctly and checked each of those generations you can’t know for sure that your map is accurate.

My 10 generation map has a lot going on.  Here is the full map:

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A zoom of the US/Canada:

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And a zoom of Europe:

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For FamilySearch users, this is another cool way to view your ancestors by birthplace.

Happy Friday!  I hope you have an awesome genealogy discovery today.