Gramps Web adds OpenHistoricalMap

Gramps Web, the open-source application for collaborative genealogical research, has released a new version that includes OpenHistoricalMap! Now you can view members of your family tree in the proper geographical context, so you can get a better sense of where and how they lived without present-day distractions.

OpenStreetMap remains the Map view’s default map layer, so you can quickly orient yourself based on more familiar present-day places and landmarks. When you’re ready to see what life was like, hover over the Layers button in the lower-left corner and change the layer selection from “OpenStreetMap” to “OpenHistoricalMap”. A time slider allows you to navigate the OHM layer by year. It also filters the pins on the map based on a configurable window of time.

Gramps Web is a pair of self-hosted client and server software packages. A paid hosting solution is also available for those who don’t want to maintain their own instance. The cross-platform desktop version, Gramps, has similar functionality but needs an upgrade to vector tiles before it can support OHM.

Do you know anyone else who is researching their family’s history or has an interest in genealogy in general? Tell them about Gramps Web and OHM – they’ll be ecstatic about the possibilities. German speakers can learn more about Gramps Web by attending this upcoming online talk hosted by the Association for Computer Genealogy:

Gramps is just one of a constellation of FOSS projects that could benefit from OHM’s coverage of historical geography. Many of them already integrate OSM in some form. Let’s introduce them to OHM and point them to our documentation for reusing OHM data. With more data consumers coming on line, OHM will have a bright future as an integral part of the open source ecosystem.