Saturday, January 04, 2014

Seven Degrees of History Mapped

Kindred Britain is a fascinating tool for exploring the connections between people. The site shows the family connections between nearly 30,000 people (mainly British and mainly dead ).

For example, you may already know about George Washington's role as commander-in-chief during the American Revolutionary War, however did you know he was leading the United States against his distant relative George III of the United Kingdom.

The maps on Kindred Britain are probably the least interesting aspect of the site - but there are maps. The maps show where individuals in the Network panel are from. Regions are highlighted on the map to show you where all the individuals in the current visualization are from.

However you will probably be too busy exploring the connections between different famous historical characters to bother too much with the map.

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