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Consulting Places maps

Heredis does everything for you to visualize the places where your ancestors lived.
The Places Index will display an interactive map for the selected place. If Heredis has been unable to identify the place, you can your­self indicate where it is by using the geolocation tool.

Visualize the map


1. Display the map of the selected place.
Open the Places Index then click the Map tab on the lower part of the screen to display the interactive map of the selected place.
2. Browse the map using the navigation tools. Zoom or reduce to get a better understanding of the geography of the place.

Geolocate unrecognized places

If no map appears on the Map tab, you must specify the coordinates of the place.

Info • You may also access the map of the place in the History > Migrations tab, in the Search tab and in the Data > Personal Data tab. Click the Map tab for each event provided that a place has been entered.

Family Tree Mapping

Heredis helps you to understand better the lives of your ancestors, their geographical distribution and their migrations.

Select the Tools Menu > Family Tree Mapping.
or click the button to display the events of the persons of your genealogy on interactive maps.
Maps may be displayed at multiple zoom levels and may be pre­sented as a slideshow to view the geographic mobility of persons in your family tree through time and generations.
At the first opening, Heredis defaults to the major events of the ascendants of the primary person.

Family Tree Mapping

Filters and display options

You can change the filters at any time on the left side of the screen, to view all the persons in your file, only the descendants of the prima­ry person or persons that you have previously marked in your genea­logy.

By default, Heredis pre-selects the mode of representation by Density to display your data. If you want a glimpse of the mobility of persons in your family tree, select the mode of representation By period. You will see a timeline above the map whose limits corres­pond to the extreme dates of your file. Click the Play button to scroll through the events on the map according to the selected period.

Info • the display and playback of the timeline are calculated auto­matically based on the extreme dates of your file.

If you want to study a particular period in detail, move the pink  sli­ders to the start and the end of the required period. The events displayed on the map only concern this period.
Heredis also offers a mode of representation By generation, the ope­rating principle of which is the same as for the method of represen­tation By period. On the timeline displayed above the map, the dates are replaced by generation numbers.

Map display

With regard to the display of the map, different themes are available: the Heredis theme, a Grey theme and a Black and White theme.
Choose the one that will make the best of the map information, by clicking on the  button.

You can easily change the zoom level of the displayed map by clicking on the + or – buttons or by using the mouse wheel. Thus, you can examine a geographical area in detail or conversely, return to an overall view of the displayed map by zooming out.

To move on the map, hold the click on your mouse (left, right or click on the mouse wheel), and drag the mouse in the desired direction to center your map on a different area.

You will note that markers of different colors and shapes are pinned to the map. The caption displayed at the bottom left of the screen allows you to easily understand to what they correspond.

Three shades of blue allow you to identify the markers from 1 to 9 events , from 10 to 99 events and those that represent more than 100 events . Using these markers, you appreciate the concentration of ancestors in a particular area by the intensity of the blue color.

The form of the markers gives you an indication of the number of places. The simple marker indicates the presence of events in a single place and the multiple marker, the presence of events in a group of places. When you click on a multiple marker, Heredis zooms automatically to display a more detailed level of the map.

The number of events in a place or group of places is displayed on the markers. When nothing is specified, there is only one event for the place in question.
If you click on a single marker, a summary is displayed on the right part of the map, with the list of persons who have events for this location.
At a certain focus level, places of interest (or POI ) will start appearing. Heredis will display churches, cemetery, castles of the selected geographical area. You can hide them by unticking the Point of Interest option in the left part of the screen. Indeed, in some areas, there are so many points of interest, it would affect the readability of the map.

Research lists

Research list

The research lists placed on the right of the screen allow you to carry out searches on places or persons.

In these lists, Heredis indicates the number of events found, to the right of the person’s name or the place.

Select the Places or Persons tab and enter a name in the search box to obtain a selective list of matching places or people. The list is automatically updated as you type.

On the Places tab, if you click on one of the names in the list, Heredis refocuses the map on this place and displays the events associated with it in the summary.
On the Persons tab, the same action refocuses the map on the places for the selected person and displays the events in the summa­ry.
On the Places tab, you also have search filters. By default, Heredis pre-selects the All places filter. You can change it by displaying the drop-down list and choosing the available options:
Most represented places: the list is displayed in descending order of the number of events found by place.
Non-geolocated places: the places displayed in this list are not pre­cise enough to be mapped (to complete these places, see above the paragraph Geolocate an unlocated place).
Visible places: this list displays only the places visible on the map on the screen.