School is almost out and, summer will be upon us soon. Have you made plans for your family vacation yet? Whether you choose to go near or far, you can incorporate an element of family history into your travel plans.
When some people think about blending family history with a road trip, they think of visits to cemeteries and courthouses. Depending on your family’s interest in research, this may not incite shouts of joy from your family members. But there are other ways to combine family history learning that will add to the happy memories of your family vacation.
Kids and teenagers can have powerful connections with their ancestors as they get to know them through photos and stories. Having an experience in a physical location with ties to an ancestor can leave a positive impression that will last forever.
The Family Nexus
The Family Nexus is a fun mobile app for iOS that makes it even easier to visit family history locations on your summer vacation. The free app integrates with your FamilySearch account to automatically plot 6 generations of your family tree. Family members will enjoy exploring the map or tracing the locations for a particular family member. Automatic alerts to your phone when you get near a place from your family history could encourage a spontaneous detour!
In addition to the free features, users can subscribe to unlock additional premium features. For example, subscribers can access photos and stories about their ancestors. They can also customize what life events appear on the map. It also allows you to “check in” and keep track of ancestral places you have visited. One of the newest features allows users to utilize the power of mobile GPS to update the precise locations of birth, marriage, residence, or burial locations.
An Android version is currently under development and is scheduled for release in August 2018.
Download The Family Nexus app and make new family history discoveries and connections on your summer vacation this year! Learn more at https://thefamilynexus.com/app.