A craze is sweeping genie-blogland. We’re all having some fun mapping out our trees by location rather than name. And it has been very interesting seeing the results. I decided to join in the fun…
A flurry of posts appeared over the last day or two on the Australian Local & Family History Bloggers FB page where a number of genie-bloggers have been playing around with spreadsheets mapping out the locations of where their families were born. If you want to have a go yourself, GeniAus has posted some instructions on her blog.
I couldn’t miss out on the fun, so here is my take on a Location Pedigree Chart.
I decided to do one for my family tree and one for my husband’s – at least for his mother’s line. I’m only researching this half of his tree as someone else in his family is doing his father’s line.
The first thing you may notice is that, even with just half a tree, my husband’s family is so much more interesting than my boring tree. I reckon his family were all born with itchy feet because they seem to be constantly on the move.
The second thing you may notice is that in my tree I am a Lancashire Lass through and through on my Dad’s side of the family. Thank goodness for the excellent quality and quantity of Lancashire records online, especially the Online Parish Clerks for Lancashire!
Due to this heavy preponderance of Lancastrian ancestors, I’ve shaded the English counties on my tree in different variations of blue. So, the key is as follows:
ORANGE: New Zealand
My Family Tree:
My Husband’s Maternal Family Tree:
As you can imagine, just about every occupation in the weaving industry is covered by my ancestors in my father’s tree.
If you would like to see what everyone else is up to, here are some links:
- Geni-Aus: Ancestors by place of birth
- Lonetester HQ: Just Playing Along…
- Earlier Years: Origins and ages at death
- Wishful Thinking Family History Blog: We’ve come a long way from Tipperary
- Ancestor Chasing: Birthplace Pedigree Chart
- Family Connections: Ancestors by place of birth