Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Ancestral Atlas update

Here's an update from the hottest new genealogy website in town, Ancestral Atlas - www.ancestralatlas.com.

Upcoming Releases

Here are a few teasers of what's to come in the next few weeks:

Automatic FREE Subscription to view Irish Historical Maps (Subscribers only)
In partnership with Past Homes Limited, any Ancestral Atlas subscriber will soon be able to gain 1 years free access to Past Home's online map browser showing their collection of the First Edition 6 inch scale Ordnance Survey maps of Ireland.
These maps, originally surveyed between 1829 and 1843, cover the whole of Ireland and show individual buildings, fields and farmsteads from that period. The map browser allows you to pan and zoom across all 32 Irish counties and to order gallery quality prints or downloadable extracts in PDF format.
The normal price of an annual subscription for this service from Past Homes is US$25.

GEDCOM upload - a staged approach:
Stage 1: Import All Data
The system will soon allow you to import data associated with events, people, family relationships, notes and source citations. Initially, imported events will not be shown on the map - instead, they will be colour-coded in the Event List so that you can easily identify them and position them manually.
You'll also be able to remove all data imported from a GEDCOM file so that you can import an updated version.

Stage 2: Location Tool
This will help you to locate imported events. Where multiple matches are found, you'll be allowed to choose the correct location or specify a new one.

Historical Maps of England and Wales (Subscribers only)
Whilst viewing data in England or Wales, subscribers will soon be able to switch the map view from the modern-day Google map to an historical (1893 - 1903) map.

Don't forget that we've set up a forum at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ancestral_atlas - please join to view the latest messages or discussions regarding the site and its functionality.

Basic membership is free, with various subscription levels thereafter, but this site is definitely worth keeping an eye on.


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