Family History Research

Losing a Son – day 3

These are a few pages of Michael’s Burial File, including another letter from his parents to the Quartermaster.

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Losing a Son – day 2

This is the text from the telegram received by Michael’s parents telling of his death. Until I received the Burial File we had no idea how he actually died.

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Genealogy Mapping Software

A few months ago I began writing my great, great uncle, Michael Kokoska’s life story. He had a brief life, living only into his early 20′s and dying in France during World War I. I wanted to add a map to his story to illustrate where he fought in France during his months in the War overseas.

I found a fantastic genealogy mapping software program called Family Atlas. This program allows me to add places via a Gedcom upload, or by adding them at will. I am able to create custom maps, such as one I created for Michael’s story that has the places at which he fought. The map also has a timeline feature which I utilized when creating his map to document his entry into the Army and service through his death.

Users are able to publish the maps through a printer or by export to a PDF or picture file. The software matches what city you enter with one in the database complete with county and country. Users are also able to view their maps with or without county and country borders. The software has great tutorials so any level user is able to create amazing maps.

In my next article about using maps to document family history, I will give an example of a map I created using this software. Stay tuned!

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