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The Plot Quickens
These five mapping programs put a new twist on an old genealogy research tool.

No family historian can do without maps — they're a great tool for tracing your family's migration patterns, planning a genealogy trip or plotting the location of the old homestead. But if you're relying solely on paper maps, you're missing out on a tool that can really speed up your research: mapping software. Genealogy-geared programs automate tasks such as looking up old places, platting ancestral property and tracking border shifts. With other software, you can apply mapping technology such as route planning and global positioning to your family history. Whether you're a mapping novice or a full-fledged geography junkie, these five Windows programs can help you plot your past quicker and more efficiently.

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