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Map My Cousins: FamilySearch.org
To get started with our Family Search integration, follow
Log into FamilySearch.org and fill out as much
information as you can on your ancestors and cousins. If
this is your first time using FamilySearch, you may want
to read their How To Guide.
For each family member, be sure to fill in where they
were born, where they lived, where they were married,
where they died and where they are buried (along with
properly formatted dates).
Bring up Map My Cousins and fill out the options to
download your information from FamilySearch.
Use the menu options to see your ancestors on several
different map types, including a migration map by
generation, an animated map and a cluster summary
Map My Cousins: Search & Navigation
Basic Points Of Interest Search: This FAQ explains how to use
the Points Of Interest search, which supports an advanced set
of search functionality that allows you to explore and discover
the neighborhoods and regions your family lived. Uncover
points of interest, better understand where your family came
from and support your genealogy research. Click here for
More Extensive Points Of Interest Search… (MMC Migration
Map by Generation only): This option takes you directly to a
location on the map with a more extensive set of near by
locations and points of interest for you to explore
Family Event Drill Down: The Map My Cousins “Family
Member Event” icon gives you the ability to drill down into
that location and use the map to explore the area that family
member lived. This page explains how to use this
Map My Cousins - Migration Maps basic navigation:
This FAQ explains how to access the Map My Cousins
Migration Maps and what the primary user controls are.
Map My Cousins: Import Your Family Tree
This section explains how to import your family tree from
other applications. Note, regardless of which family tree
application you use - its important to record event addresses
and dates as described in the next section.
From FamilySearch.org: Users can download their family
tree directly from FamilySearch.org by selecting the
FamilySearch Login button that appears in Map My Cousins.
Visit this FamilySearch guide to learn how to use
Creating a GEDCOM File FAQ: How do I export a
GEDCOM file from my favorite Family Tree Software,
including Ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com? Click here for
Map My Cousins: Address & Date
Address Formatting FAQ: Map My Cousins works off
addresses for Birth, Marriage, Residence, Death and Burial.
Having properly formatted addresses in your family tree is
important. The following article provides best practices for
address formatting: Address Formatting Best Practices
Date Formatting FAQ: Properly formatted dates are
important, especially for the Migration Maps. Best practice
would be to follow this date format: Jan 12, 1952, but the
software will work with different formats. The most
important is to have the year be a 4 digit year at the end of
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