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Family HiStory Maps Bundle (Save $8)

Bring your family history to life using map-centric multi-media

Family HiStory Maps are a type of Story Map that uses ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS for Desktop to follow the paths taken by your ancestors.

The Family HiStory Maps Bundle provides a value-packed collection of tips, tricks and techniques for using ArcGIS Online Story Map Journals or ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcPy (especially Python AddIns) to make your own Family HiStory Maps. This bundle includes the following courses:

Making Family HiStory Maps using ArcGIS Online ($9)

Prior to (or while) taking this 56 minute course it is recommended that you view William & James Slight - Map Engravers & Test Cricketer which is a Family HiStory Map made using the same techniques taught during the course.

The course will:

  • Introduce you to Family HiStory Maps, Story Maps, ArcGIS Online and Flickr
  • Provide a demonstration of using a Family HiStory Map
  • Show you how to:
    • make a new Family HiStory Map
    • configure a Home Section (“front page”) and four other sections – your stories can have as many sections as you like!
    • change the background map used in each part of the story to basemaps such as those from the National Geographic
    • create map notes for locations of importance in the life of your ancestor(s)
    • link text in your story to images and maps – you can also link to videos and web pages!
    • rearrange the sections of your story
    • configure popups to show images and link to web pages
    • change the appearance and other settings for your Family HiStory Map

keep your Family HiStory Map private or share it with any relative that can use the internet!

Introduction to Family HiStory Maps (FREE)

Prior to taking this short course it is recommended that you view the YouTube video entitled William Slight: Engraver at Map Office: A Family HiStory Map which it uses as an example of a Family HiStory Map.

No coding Family HiStory Maps using ArcGIS for Desktop ($9)

The course shows you many techniques for making Family HiStory Maps using ArcGIS for Desktop, and uses no coding.

  • Writing a Storyboard
  • Adding ArcGIS Online Basemaps to provide a background map
  • Creating a File Geodatabase into which we will:
    • Import shapefiles
    • Edit features for Locations (points), Movements (lines) and Slides (polygons)
    • Attach photos and other documents to Locations
    • Use URLs to hyperlink from Locations to websites
  • Using the Slides layer as an Index for Data Driven Pages that let us step through a slide at a time, or jump to particular slides
  • Using Definition Queries to show a subset of features that are relevant to our story from two Natural Earth datasets
  • Using Page Definition Queries to use the current page name to define the Movement that matches a particular slide
  • Using the HTML Popup tool to drive the presentation of a Family HiStory Map
  • Packaging a Family HiStory Map to share it with another user of ArcGIS for Desktop

Writing Python AddIns for Family HiStory Maps using ArcGIS for Desktop

The course shows you many techniques for writing a Python AddIn toolbar using ArcPy that makes presentation of Family HiStory Maps using ArcGIS for Desktop much more flexible than the "no coding method".

  • Downloading and using the Python AddIn Wizard to make a one button toolbar
  • Writing the ArcPy code to make that button zoom to the extent of the first slide
  • Copying and updating the config.xml and Python script to support eight slide buttons
  • Enabling slides to switch between online only basemaps (e.g. National Geographic and OpenStreetMap), and other basemaps like Natural Earth that can remain available when working offline
  • Placing headings on slides to display their date (range), title and number
  • Controlling which features are displayed from each layer in each slide, and choosing whether they are labelled independently
  • Using the Python AddIn toolbar and HTML Popup tool to drive the presentation of a Family HiStory Map

All necessary data is is generated or supplied during the exercises, and solutions to the coding exercises are available as attachments to download.

With over 2 hours worth of high quality GIS video tutorials, this is the perfect resource to boost your ArcPy, ArcGIS for Desktop, Story Mapping and Family History skills.


Your Instructor


Graeme Browning
Graeme Browning

Graeme provides training, consulting and support in:

  • ArcGIS for Desktop;
  • ArcGIS Pro;
  • ArcPy/Python and ModelBuilder/Geoprocessing generally;
  • ArcGIS Online and Story Maps;
  • Family HiStory Mapping; and
  • Google Earth .

He has been using Esri software for over 25 years (18 of those with Esri International Distributors in the United Kingdom and Australia), and Google Earth for more than 5 years, and works with the latest versions of the ArcGIS platform and Google Earth.


Courses Included with Purchase



Writing Python AddIns for Family HiStory Maps using ArcGIS for Desktop
Using ArcPy and Python AddIns to enrich your story
Graeme Browning
No coding Family HiStory Maps using ArcGIS for Desktop
Using Data Driven Pages and Geodatabase Attachments to tell your story
Graeme Browning
Introduction to Family HiStory Maps
Use GIS to bring your ancestors back to life!
Graeme Browning
FREE
Making Family HiStory Maps using ArcGIS Online
Using a Story Map Journal for sharing your Genealogy
Graeme Browning

Original Price: $0


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is not open for enrolment.