Sunday, June 29, 2014

RootsMapper Version 2 Released

We are excited to announce the release of an entirely redesigned RootsMapper version 2. In addition to a redesigned user interface, we have added some new functionality:

  • Static URLs for browser bookmarking
  • Export to KML
  • Interactive Pedigree browser
  • Country of origin statistics 
  • Country highlighting
  • Isolate an individual generation

If you are having trouble using the new site, please let us know using our feedback page.

The new site can be accessed at The old site will continue to be available to help ease the transition. To access the old site, log in to

Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Update

We received three generous donations to the RootsMapper project this month and we just wanted to say thank you to all who have contributed to this project so far. Every donation goes a long way in making sure the site stays up and running and receives updates. Every donor is listed on our Donor Wall of Fame.

We have a significant update on its way, so for those of you with beta access please give it a try and let us know what you think!

Among other things, here are some features to look forward to:
-Static URLs for browser bookmarking
-Export to KML
-Pedigree view
-Country of origin statistics
-Country highlighting
-Isolate an individual generation
-Updated menu control design

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Major additions in latest release: v1.2.0

We have been updating RootsMapper with minor updates periodically over the past couple of months, but this is the first major update that we have had in a while. We have added a number of options to help utilize RootsMapper as a research tool.

When you hover over a pin you will see a tooltip appear giving you a preview of that person and their lifespan so that you don't have to click on a pin just to find out their name. For more details you can still click on the pin.

By default, when you click on a pin, the lines and pins that trace that person back to the root person will be highlighted in black and yellow so that you can see how the root person relates to the selected person. This function can be disabled in the new Options menu.

This button will temporarily hide all pins and lines except for the highlighted Traceback so that you can more easily examine it.

Country Statistics
Also available in the new Options menu, the Country Stats button will show you a count of the number of pins in each country. The numbers are updated any time a new pin is plotted, whether by a run or by expanding a line.

Pedigree List
The Pedigree List button in the Options menu displays an expandable pedigree of the people who have been plotted. Presently it is for informational purposes only and does not allow interaction with the pins.

The lines that connect the pins on the map can be hidden using the Lines button in the options menu.

We have also fixed numerous bugs and improved the portrait photos that appear in the detail cards.

We hope you continue to enjoy using RootsMapper and share it with your friends and family. It is an excellent tool to help people get excited about genealogy. Please continue to share your feedback with us!