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How to Conduct Genealogy and Family Tree Research Using Mind Mapping Software

Learning about ones family history and ancestry has become a growing phenomenon in recent years. Sites dedicated to helping individuals trace their genealogy or family tree are abundant, however, many such sites charge a fee for their services. For those looking to find out more about their family through researching their genealogy and family tree, there is one tool that can be equally effective for doing so as many of these sites — a Mind Mapping software tool. The advantage of Mind Mapping for conducting genealogy and/or family tree research lies in its highly visual and spatial construction. With Mind Maps, one can literally map out his or her entire family tree in one diagram using colors, pictures, and other graphic images as desired. Organizing information in this manner has been shown to allow the brain to process and recall the information more naturally, as well as allow one to work with the information more efficiently. Thus, Mind Mapping software offers those looking to dig deeper into their family history a creative, effective, and highly intuitive way to do so.

Using Mind Mapping to Conduct Genealogy Research and Map Out a Family Tree

A man has recently become interested in learning more about his ancestors and has decided to conduct some genealogy research and use what he finds to create a map of his family tree. After considering the myriad of options for assembling such information, he decides to use the method he feels will be most intuitive and visually stimulating, a Mind Mapping software tool. The man starts constructing a Mind Map in which to organize his findings by, first, representing the purpose of the map, his family tree, in the maps center. He then adds a branch to his map, on which he lists his own name. On two more branches, which he attaches to the one on which his name is listed, he lists the names of his parents. He continues by adding branches to his map and listing the names of relatives from each generation as he finds them in the process of his research. Throughout his Mind Map, the man uses colors, pictures, and other graphics to denote missing or questionable information, as well as to make his family tree easier to conceptualize. When he has completed his map, it looks similar to the attached Mind Map diagram.

Understanding His Family History as a Result of Mind Mapping

After six months of research, the man finds that he has done a fairly good job recreating his family tree. Though there are still many pieces of information missing, he, nonetheless, has been able to organize the information he did find very efficiently using his Mind Map. Each time the man finds a new relative or date of birth for someone, he simply adds it to his intuitive map; the visual imagery of the map makes it easy for him to follow the branches stemming from a particular line of his family tree, allowing him to quickly see where to insert the information. As a result, he has gained a deeper understanding of his family history, and has thoroughly enjoyed how creatively Mind Mapping has allowed him to do so. The man hopes that, with more digging and the continued use of his Mind Map, an even more complete picture of his ancestry will emerge.

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