Map Life Facts ~ Set Preference Options

On this tab there are three subsidiary tabs: Location Plot Options, Web Page Map Options & Database Management Options, and some Common Buttons & Status.

Location Plot Options

Location Plot Options

Untick the Enable Google API option to inhibit the Google Maps API Key related features.

The Google Maps API Key is required to enable the Google Maps Geocoder as described in its Manage API Key section.

The Smart Geocoding option governs the recognition of standard Country Codes, State Abbreviations, Chapman Codes, and other plotting enhancements as specified on the Smart Geocoding page.

The Region Bias Code option persuades the Google Maps Geocoder to prefer locations in the chosen region. It still allows locations to be plotted elsewhere, if the Geocoder decides there is no suitable match within the region, especially if the remote match is a more significant place. The default setting is uk United Kingdom.

The default Map Zoom level for the Geocode Location Plots tab is set by the map pane + Zoom In and - Zoom out controls below.

Use Locations From to choose whether Place, or Address, or Address & Place fields will be Geocode plotted.

  • Place Fields only default option will plot every Place associated with any Fact.
  • Address Fields only option will plot every Address associated with any Fact.
  • ~ Place only option will plot every Place associated with any Fact.
  • Address ~ only option will plot every Address associated with any Fact.
  • Address ~ Place option will plot every Address & Place pair where BOTH appear in a Fact.
  • Address ~ [Place] option will plot every Address & Place pair even if the Place is blank.
  • [Address] ~ Place option will plot every Address & Place pair even if the Address is blank.
  • [Address] ~ [Place] option will plot every Address & Place pair even if either one is blank.

These last six options populate a single Address ~ Place Locations Database and any Location entry altered in any one option will update the same entry in all the options.

Location details including plot values are held in a Locations Database that is saved by default in the Plugin Data Folder, but alternatively may be saved in GEDCOM Repository Records &/or Source Records, or in V6 Place Records for Locations From: Place Fields only.

If V6 Place Records are chosen, it is advisable in fh Tools > Preferences > Map Window to tick Block Refresh for Non-tentative Geocodes otherwise Defined plots can be easily upset when using the fh Refresh Geocoding. This setting has no effect on the Plugin.

If Source Records are chosen then Source Citations can be added to the associated Facts to supplement Place or Address details. You may then add further information or multimedia images to these records. The Source Types used for each Locations From option are Fact Place, Fact Address, and Fact Address ~ Place.

Choosing Repository Records, Source Records, or Place Records with thousands of GEDCOM Locations may make some operations a little sluggish.

Web Page Map Options

Web Page Map Options

Use the Set Maps Folder button, or edit the Folder path, to choose where the web page map files will be created. If they are created in any Family Historian - Family Tree CD/Website folder, then the Family Historian menubar is included, along with links to & from featured CD/Website web pages.

The Delete All Maps button allows all the map files to be deleted from the Maps Folder.

Choose the Map Pane Mode of either Google Maps or Leaflet Maps for presenting Web Page Maps. The map pane below will illustrate the chosen mode.

Choose the Marker Style for presenting all Fact plots when opening a Web Page Map. The map pane below will illustrate the style with Markers, and hovering over or clicking on these Markers will demonstrate their Caption and Popup details.

The default Map Zoom level for displaying chosen Fact plots on a Web Page Map is set by the map pane + Zoom In and - Zoom out controls below. This is best done after clicking a plot Marker.

Use the Privacy Filter to exclude both Individuals, and Facts referencing Individuals, with Living &/or Private flags.

Use the Facts Filter to exclude any Facts not listed in the Family Tree CD/Website web pages.

Database Management Options

Database Management Options

Use the Copy Place Database button to copy all Place Fields only database entries to synonymous ~ Place only database entries.

Use the Copy Address Database button to copy all Address Fields only database entries to synonymous Address ~ only database entries.

Use the Purge Addr ~ Place Database button to delete all entries not listed in the currently chosen Address ~ Place database option.

Use the Erase Place Database, or Erase Address Database, or Erase Addr ~ Place Database buttons to delete all associated database Location entries.

Common Buttons & Status

Common Buttons & Status

Use the Restore Defaults button to restore all window positions, sizes and tabs, and all Preference Options, to their installation default values (except Database In and Set Window Fonts).

Use the Set Window Fonts button to Set Window Fonts and Colours.

The Status messages report Plugin progress or problems.

Use the Help & Advice button to obtain these online help pages.

Use the Close Plugin button to close the Plugin.

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