A new website called Place My Past (currently accessible to those who are invited) looks to be a hybrid of a family tree site, a mapping site and a social network.
Depending on your membership level, Place My Past lets you explore places and events using map tools; upload, share and view historical maps; trace your family’s geographic roots; and explore their movements over time.
Users sign into the site with a MyHeritage account (so you’ll need to create a tree on MyHeritage if you don’t have one) and the site will import and plot your family tree on its map.
Although it’s open by invitation only right now, you can ask to be notified by email when the site officially launches.
To give you an idea of what the site does, Place My Past created this US map with events from the Kennedy family tree.
When I clicked on Lancaster, Pa., a little pop-up had a city profile and gave me a link to view family events there.
Besides Events, you also could see media attached to that location and others following it.
There are three levels of Place My Past registration:
- A free Guest registration lets you view the site’s main map with location details and “anonymized” information about people and events
- A free Member can upload family trees; add and update people, places and events; and view public information from other members.
- For $4 per month (billed as $48 per year), Subscribing members can view family migrations; upload and share historical maps; follow people, places and events; and connect with other members.
Love old maps? Learn five ways to use old maps to solve genealogy research problems in our webinar Five Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy Research With Old Maps, taking place this Thursday, Dec. 12, with Lisa Louise Cooke.