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Pedigree functions can be accessed from any "Person:" or "Family:" page by selecting the More menu item below the blue menu bar and then clicking on Pedigree-Map. This function gives you numerous graphical views of your subject ancestor's pedigree and descendancy. You can view data graphically presented in a

These views are sortable by

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Pedigree Maps

Pedigree maps showing birth places

Pedigree maps showing death places

Pedigree maps showing All Places



Pedigree Details: Summaries of ancestor pages


Sorting by line

Sorting by generation

Sorting by decades

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a pedi-map?

When you enter event information on person and family pages, you include places of birth, death, marriage, etc. When you enter these places, you link to the appropriate place page on the place wiki. This geocodes the event to its exact coordinates. Using this information, WeRelate automatically generates pedi-maps, or pedigree maps, that mark the locations of important events in the history of a person or family. Although they are no longer known as migration maps, pedi-maps are still useful in getting a broad picture of the migration of a family over time. See About pedi-maps.

What events are marked on a pedi-map?

Pedi-maps chart the birth, marriage and death place for the individual, spouse, children, father, mother, and grandparents. It also includes birth, marriage and death places for the siblings of each family involved.

There are too many icons on my map. Is there a way to simplify it?

You can turn off the mapping for any individual by clicking on his/her box at the top of the map. Icons for an individual's siblings are turned on and off automatically according to the status of the individual's own icons.

How do I know which icons are for which person?

The icons are color-coded by the relevant individual. Consult the list of names at the top of the screen--the names' colors correspond to the colors of the markers for each person. Also, you can click on any marker on a pedi-map to see the type of event, place name, event date, and persons involved.

Some of my markers appear to be precisely geocoded, while others seem less precise. Why?

If there is only one event in a particular location, the map generator puts the event icon on the exact geo-coordinates. If the geocode for the town is not in the system, the map generator will put the icon in the next largest jurisdictional area that has a geocode (district, county, state, country). Thus, if the town does not have a geocode and the county does, the icon will appear somewhere in the county; if the county is not geocoded, the icon will appear in the state or country. Counties and states are usually geocoded near their centers.
When multiple events are mapped to the same place, the map generator will spread the icons out a little bit so you can distinguished between them and click on one or another.

How can I make sure my locations are geocoded?

Many smaller jurisdictions have not yet been geocoded. You can add geocoding for a place by going to the place page and adding the lattitude and longitude. Newly added geocodes will be reindexed overnight and available for use the next day.

Pedigree Charts:FAQ

What is a pedigree chart?

A pedigree chart is a diagram of the ancestry of an individual. WeRelate automatically generates pedigree charts for any person or family that is entered on a WeRelate person or family page.

How are pedigree charts generated?

The system uses the information you enter on related person and family pages to generate the pedigree chart. For the person's ancestry to be properly displayed, you must correctly link person pages together through family pages.

Where do I find pedigree charts?

On any person or family page, click on the More menu item and select Pedi-Map link at the top of the page and a new page will open showing the pedigree chart and pedi-map for that individual or family.

Can I edit a pedigree chart for one of my ancestors?

Not directly. To "edit" a pedigree chart, you must edit the associated person and family pages. The pedigree chart will be automatically updated to include new person and family information.

Who is included on a pedigree chart?

The exact answer depends on the ancestors for whom you have created person and family pages; but if you open a pedigree chart for a person, you will usually find the person and as many as three additional ancestral generations listed. To the left of the pedigree chart, you will see a box, in which you will find information for the person's spouse and children. If you open the pedigree chart for a family, you will see about three generations of ancestors on the line of each spouse, along with a list of children in the box to the left.

Can I expand my pedigree chart to view more generations?

If you have entered information for additional generations on WeRelate, you will see blue arrows (<, >) on either the left or right side of the screen, or both, next to the boxes of persons represented on the chart. Clicking on these arrows opens a pedigree chart with that individual as the root. Clicking on a blue name will take you to the associated person page.

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