How to Add Family History to Your Next Road Trip

Spice up your next road trip with a little family history along the way. #roadtrip #familyhistory

Are you planning a family road trip this summer? Melissa Finlay, from BoundlessGenealogy.com, shared how easy it is to add family history stops to your next road trip using Google My Maps.

Access Google My Maps in the Google Maps Menu #familyhistory #roadtrip
Access Google My Maps in the Google Maps Menu. Be sure you’re signed in!

Add Family History Stops to Google My Maps

You have probably used Google Maps to navigate your way to your destination or to find nearby restaurants. Did you know that Google Maps has a My Maps feature where you can create customized
maps?

You need to create the map using your desktop or laptop, but then you can access it on any device.

In this video, Melissa shares how she accesses the feature on Google Maps (www.google.com/mymaps).

If you don’t know how to create the My Maps, watch this step-by-step video.

To begin, select:
– Menu
– Your places
– Maps (tab)
– Create Map

Then you’ll select your starting and ending points of your trip after you click on the icon “Add Directions.”

In these still images, I chose Houston, Texas to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I then added Kentucky Town, Texas as this area was the focus of my Research Over My Shoulder video series (you can watch it here).

Creating a Google My Map for a family history road trip.
Creating a Google My Map for a family history road trip.

Add Known Family History Places of Interest to Your Maps

Once I had the basic route outlined, I added places of interest:

  • churches
  • cemeteries
  • high schools

You can also add businesses, homes, and more to your map.

Google My Map Filled With Family History attractions and a possible additional stop. #genealogy #familyvacation #roadtrip
Google My Map filled with family history attractions and a possible historical stop.

Add Historical Experiences to Your Road Trip

I then added stops for historical museums after searching for “historical museums near Sherman, Texas.”

Adding these stops can follow Melissa’s advice to add exposure to “the history and culture of the area that’s something a little more interactive for the children to learn about the way things would have been when our ancestors were living there.

Where will you go on your next road trip?

On your road trip, you have to stop for gas, switching drivers, and resting. With a little advance planning and Google My Maps, you can incorporate family history into these stop.

Leave your destination in the comments below.

Be sure to watch the video for the exact steps to create your Google My Maps. Once again, you’ll create it on your desktop or laptop and then access it using your mobile device while on the road.

If you want to be a guest contributor to Family History Fanatics like Melissa, you can by following the instructions.

Be sure to subscribe to Boundless Genealogy for tips on how to squeeze every clue out of your genealogy records.

Follow these steps so you can add family history stops to your next family vacation using Google My Maps. #genealogy #roadtrip #familyvacation
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Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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