Geolocating Place subdivisions

Geolocating Place subdivisions 150 150 Heredis Help Knowledgebase

Place subdivisions can now be geolocated. The Place Subdivision field is intended for specific details on a place, such as an exact address, a hamlet, or any other place name.


To access this feature, select an event under the Personal Data tab. Click on the Details tab then on the pencil button displayed to the right of the Place subdivision field.

(Windows) Details tab for an Event

(Mac) Details tab for an Event

You may also access it from Places Index > Subdivision then click on the pencil button.

(Windows) Places Index

(Mac) Places Index

You can enter the name and coordinates manually or paste a place’s data (in its entirety or only the coordinates) by clicking on the button.
See the article entitled Zoom in on a Place for more details.


If the subdivision name is precise enough, Heredis will perform an automated pre-search. Browse through the list of propositions.

If your subdivision cannot be located – for instance « at her grandma’s house » – Heredis will not be able to offer any potential geolocation. You should therefore modify the field content under Suggestions then click on Search to launch the search again.

Note: Avoid using commas and unnecessary spaces at the end of the text in the Subdivision field to ensure that the automated search will be able to find the designated places.

Edit a non-geolocated subdivision

In the same way you search for a place’s geolocation (please refer to Geolocation), click on:
Fill up to keep the subdivision name and add coordinates,
Replace to replace all data previously entered for the subdivision.
Click OK to validate.
If you know where the person’s grandmother used to live and prefer to leave « at her grandma’s house », then drag and drop the marker or right-click on Position the marker here.
Coordinates (latitude and longitude) will then be displayed.

(Windows) Edit an unrecognized subdivision


From the Places Index

In the list of places, the S column will display markers to indicate whether there is one subdivision or more. When they are not geolocated, the marker is black . When at least one subdivision has been geolocated, the marker is yellow .

(Windows) Places Index – The S Column

(Mac) Places Index – The S Column

From maps

Subdivisions are visible thanks to yellow markers on the Events maps, Zoom in on a Place maps, as well as on Migrations maps (under the History tab).

You can right-click on any of the Heredis maps and Copy the coordinates. You will then be able to click on the Paste button in the Place subdivision field under Events. However, to be able to do so, make sure a name has been entered in the subdivision field – otherwise the button will not be activated.