NOTE: April 2016, this feature is currently out of order following the site hack earlier this year. I will bring it up at some point. If you miss it then let me know and I'll prioritise it.
There is a new feature on LostLangtons that automatically builds maps showing the birth or death locations of anyone you choose from the database. And as with everything on lostlangtons - its completely free!
Just like any googlemap, you can zoom in and out at will, and see it as a satelite picture if you prefer, rather than a standard map.
The first time you use the map it will take a number of seconds to load. This is because there is a lot of data to display, but it will be quicker when you use it subsequently.
There is help available when using these maps - when using the mapping feature, just hover your mouse over the "help" word and a help window will appear automatically without taking you away from the page. The help window provides instructions on how to use the tools to display different maps. Here is a link to the New Mapping Feature which opens in a new window (so you dont lose this window that explains the main features and how to use them.
You can also reach the map from the main database, just select "Google maps" from the Tools menu at the top.
There are several different display options, one of which is the ability to filter by suranme. Here is a map of all Langton births in the thousand years between 1110 and 2012.:
You can filter by surname using the dropdown list, "Map by specific family name" shown here, ticking one or more names as you wish. You may need to scroll down the page (using the scroll bar on the far rigt side of the screen) to see the "Choose" button, or "Cancel" if you change your mind.
By default the year slider near the top (labeled "Mark births until"), is set at 1110AD so no markers will appear at first. You need to slide it to the right, chosing which period of time you want to display births or deaths for. All the way to the right will be 2012, and there are ten increments before that of 100 years each.
You can literally watch the Langton familes expand over the globe by moving the slider through time.
Births are displayed by default. If you want to see the death locations, then click on "map by births" and select "map by deaths" instead.
As you can see in the first picture, there are a lot of Langton markers on the map when you display them all over the whole one thousand year period. Each marker is a different location, and the number on each marker tells you how many people were born or died there. The more people associated with that location, the bigger the marker gets and it changes colour too.
Using the "Map by Descendents" dropdown, you can select any individual in the database and they, along with all their descendants who have births (or deaths if selected) in the database will be displayed on the map.
You can scroll through the list, or you can enter the individual's database ID number, if you know it. Here is an example of Walter Langton of Maidenhead, Berkshire, and all his descendents births:
You can click on any marker on the map and a bubble will appear above it. Inside the bubble will be a link to the wikipedia article on that location (if one exists) and a link that you can click to display a list of all people with birth (or death, if selected) events at that location.
If you click that link, then the bubble shows these people associated with that location and in brackets the date of that event, and if you click on a person's name from that list then a new window will open, showing you that person in the main database.
Feel free to play with the map and click lots of stuff. You wont break anything on LostLangtons, or on your computer by clicking and trying things. So don't be afraid to try different settings, etc.
Here is a link to the new mapping feature: www.lostlangtons.co.uk/humogen/maps.php