Sunday, March 09, 2008

Family Tree Mapper Beta

If you have access to NFS you might consider helping out these BYU students.
Posted on the LDS Tech website
Subject: Family Tree Mapper Beta

Maybe people here will be interested in this. Family Tree Mapper is a tool, now in Beta, which plots your family tree with data from the New Family Search. You can then interact with your family tree to find out more about the places your ancestors lived.

This is a senior capstone project for myself and 6 other students in BYU's Information Technology major. It's not done yet, but it's at the point where we wanted to let people who were interested to take a look at it and give us feedback.

After clicking on a place, you can then display different types of information about the place or person you have clicked. For example, we currently have a 'Family History Centeres' plugin which will (usually!) plot the 25 family history centers closes to the last place you clicked on the map. Other information could include the nearest churches, nearby courthouses, cemetaries, etc.

We've developed an API which lets plugins be created easily in JavaScript, and can make calls to PHP or Perl files on the server for heavier processing.

Our site is completely free to use, but presently you do need a New Family Search account in order to plot your family. Eventually, we're told, there will be anonymous access, when that happens, we'll allow lookups without logging in.

We never do any writes to the family search data, so it's completely safe to use.

When you try it, please leave feedback by clicking on teh "Leave Feedback" link on the left side of the page, or by emailing

Try it :
Development (API and updates) :

Michael Moore

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