Sunday, July 22, 2012

Waymarking for genealogists

Genealogists may want to check out, which provides tools for you to catalog, mark and visit interesting and useful locations around the world. It is a great tool to record places of interest, previous family homes or sites special to your ancestors.
Waymarking is a game/project/obsession which uses GPS coordinates to mark locations of interest and share them with others. You can even post online digital pictures of the location for others to see
A waymark is a physical location on the planet marked by coordinates (latitude and longitude) and contains unique information defined within its waymark category. Pictures may optionally be recorded as well. Through the use of your waymarking efforts, you can share and discover unique and interesting locations on the planet.
There are numerous genealogy applications. E.g. you can waymark the locations of ancestors' graves, homesteads, places of birth or work, a battlefield where an ancestor fought, schools attended, and much more. Other descendants can use the waymark to travel to the same locations or if you provide pictures, people can visit the location “virtually,” even if they are not able to travel there physically.
For more information, Dick Eastman has a comprehensive article about in his blog at

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