The Mind Map below is a work-in-progress that I have created to prove:
- The parents of William A. Purvis
- That William was twice married
There are a lot of tools out there for creating Mind Maps. Some are free and some will cost you.
Mind maps have not made much of an impact in the genealogy communities yet; but, I believe that in the future Mind Maps will become an essential tool for documenting and graphical displaying the interrelationships within families. I think a graphic depiction of families in a Kinship Determination Project (KDP) would add value to the overall project and better displayed the relationships of families within the project. I am of the opinion that it is now a necessary tool for documenting and displaying these relationships.
The software used for the above graphical display is called Freeplane and it is a free open-source program.
There are other programs available that can be purchased, used or downloaded free.
- EDraw Mind Map - http://www.edrawsoft.com/download.php --- (Free); the EDraw program cost $$ but the mind map portion is free
- Freeplane -- http://freeplane.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Home – (Free)
- Open Mind -- http://openmind.1freehosting.net/ – (Free)
- Blumind -- http://blumind.org/ – (Free)
- Mindmeister -- http://www.mindmeister.com/ – Mindmeister gives you 3 free maps then if you need more you have have to pay.
- There are other out there; if interested you will have to decide what best fits your needs. I use the top 2 on this list.
- Once your map is created you can export it as as outline.
- You can attached documents and web links to any node on the map
- Node content structuring (text, icon, image and hyperlink) and presentation area (details, notes, attributes and images);
- password protect
- Built-in note panel
- Can be exported as text file, outline mode
Every genealogist's and family historian needs a copy of this document which can be downloaded here (http://www.thinkgenealogy.com/wp-content/uploads/Genealogy%20Research%20Map%20v2.pdf).