Zoom in on the World – Family Tree Mapping

Zoom in on the World – Family Tree Mapping 150 150 Heredis Help Knowledgebase

Zoom in on the World provides several tools that will assist you in locating your ancestors.

Heredis will help you get a better understanding of your ancestors’ lives, geographical implantations, and migrations.

Select the Tools menu > Zoom in on the World > Family Tree Mapping or click on the button in the toolbar for the various events of the persons in your genealogy to be displayed on interactive maps.

You can zoom in and out on the maps and play them in a slideshow to view the geographic mobility of the persons in your genealogy through time and generations.

When you first open Family Tree Mapping, Heredis is defaulted to display the main events of the primary person’s ancestors.

You can simultaneously work on your file and leave this tool open.

Filters and display options

At any time, you are free to modify the filters in the window’s side bar and choose to display every person in your file, or the primary person’s ancestors or descendants only, or the persons you have marked beforehand in your genealogy.

If you have just entered new events or new persons in your genealogy, click on the button to retrieve this data in Family Tree Mapping.

Heredis is defaulted to preselect the Density representation mode when displaying your data. If you wish to get a preview of the mobility of the persons in your genealogy, select the By period representation mode under the Tools tab in Family Tree Mapping. A timeline will be displayed above the map, with intervals starting and ending at the most extreme dates in your file. Click on the Play button and watch the events appear on the map through each time period. Before to press play, make sure to zoom out so you can see all the markers displayed on the map. Press the Pause button to be able to zoom in and zoom out as you please and study the mapping.

Note: the display and reading pace of the timeline are automatically calculated based on the most extreme dates in your file. If you prefer to study a specific time period, move the sliders at each end of the timeline to select the desired intervals. The map will then only display the events on the time period you have selected.

Heredis also offers a representation mode By generation which is operated the same way as the By period mode. You only need to select ancestors or descandants of the primary person in the Persons tab to use it. The dates intervals above the map are simply replaced by the number of generations.

Map display

Several types of maps are available for you to display your data. Select the theme that will best highlight your data on a map by clicking on .

To easily zoom in and out on the map, simply click on the + and – buttons or use the scroll wheel on your computer mouse. It will allow you to get a closeup on a specific geographical area or, on the contrary, to go back to a wider view of the map by zooming out.

To move around on the map, hold down the left mouse button (or the mouse wheel) and drag the mouse in the desired direction in order to center the map on another area.

Right-clicking on the map will let you Copy coordinates so you can paste them into the Place subdivision of an event. Please refer to the article entitled Geolocating Place subdivisions for more information.

You may notice markers of various colors and sizes displayed on the map. The size of the marker is directly linked to the number of places it is indicating.

Smaller size markers or indicate events located in one single place. If you click on this type of markers, a popup window will open to show the exact place and the list of persons with events in this one place.

Larger size markers or  indicate events located in a grouping of places. If you click on this type of markers, Heredis will automatically zoom in to show you a more detailed map.

The number of events held in a place or in a grouping of places is indicated on each marker.

Search lists

Search lists displayed in the vertical side panel allow you to do searches on places or persons.
In these lists, to the right of the place’s or person’s name, Heredis specifies the number of events that were found.

Select the Places or Persons tab and enter a name in the search field to obtain a selective list of the matching places or persons. The list displayed below is automatically updated as you enter the name.

Navigating from the Persons or Places tabs

Places and persons displayed in the floating panel or in the popup windows are clickable links that will allow you to access directly, with just one click, the Places Index or a person’s family tree, without closing Family Tree Mapping.

It will, for instance, enable you to correct or complete a person’s data, modify or geolocate a place (for more details on how to geolocate a place, please consult the article entitled Geolocating Places and Geolocating Place subdivisions) and then to display this updated data in the Family Tree Mapping window by clicking on the button .



Geolocated place


Grouping of geolocated places

Note: the color blue indicates that at least one place has been selected under the Places tab in Family Tree Mapping or in the floating panel of a person (by clicking on the button ). The number displayed on the marker indicates the number of events linked to a place or to a grouping of places.

Persons tab

Under this tab, if you click on one of the names on the list, Heredis will display a floating panel listing every event that has been geolocated for this person. Click on the button in this floating panel to zoom in on the location of the selected event on the map. The marker will turn from yellow to blue .

Feel free to use the proposed filters to display every person in your file, or the primary person’s ancestors or descendants only, or the persons you have marked beforehand in your genealogy.

Click on any person on the list to display markers for related places. A list of all places and events linked to this person will pop up.

From the Persons tab, you will find the icons indicating whether the person is of the Ahnentafel lineage or not and whether he is a man, a woman or an undetermined sex.
For more details on the icons see Persons icons and their color coding.

The numbers displayed on the markers indicate the number of events from the persons’ list that are located in this place.

Clicking on the marker will open a popup window listing every event that took place in this location. Click on the name of a person or on one of the events listed in this popup window in order to navigate onto this person or event in Heredis.

Places tab

Under this tab, if you click on one of the names on the list, Heredis will zoom in on this place on the map; every event linked to this place will be listed in the floating panel anchored on the map.

Search filters are available. Heredis is defaulted to preselect the All places filter. You can switch to another filter by using the dropdown list at your disposal and choosing from:

  • Most represented places: places are listed from the highest to the lowest number of events found for each place
  • Geolocated places
  • Non-geolocated places: places displayed on this list have no geolocation coordinates and therefore cannot be mapped. To complete the data for these places, click on the place name in the floating panel
  • Visible places: this list only shows places that can be seen on the map currently displayed on the screen.

Note: If you double-click on a place under the Places tab or if you select it and click on the button at the bottom of the panel , the place will be displayed under the Zoom in on a Place (for more details on this feature, please consult the article entitled Zoom in on a Place).

Updating your data and options available in Zoom in on the World

You can leave Zoom in on the World open and simultaneously work on your genealogy. For your latest data entries to be accounted for, click on the button .

The button allows you to access various options and create a customized display:

  • choose where you want the side panel and its various tabs to be located – you can either display it on the left- or right-hand side.
  • decide whether you want to display boundaries at the various administrative levels (Borders), if such data is available in the OpenStreetMap database.

Printing Map and create Tiny Tafel Report

You can edit and print the map you are seeing on your screen by clicking on the Map button in the Tools tabs.

(Mac) Click on PDF button at the bottom of the printing windows or click on Print to launch your printer.

(Windows) Setup the parameters of the PDF export (size of the page, orientation) then click on OK button. A PDF will open so you can print it.

Create a Tiny Tafel Report by clicking the button Tiny Tafel Report. Setup the Tiny Tafel parameters.

See (Windows) Create and Edit a Report or (Mac) Create and Edit a Report for further details.

What to do in case of a slowdown or malfunction issue?

If your data is not displaying correctly, click on the Tools tab then on the Reset button.