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.
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
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).
To begin, select:
– 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).
Add Known Family History Places of Interest to Your Maps
Once I had the basic route outlined, I added places of interest:
- high schools
You can also add businesses, homes, and more to your map.
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.
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