An excellent utility for preparing Google maps highlighting specific places is Mapalist.
I have written about Mapalist previously on my own blog (Mapping the birthplaces of the children of John Way and Sarah née Daw).
First you create a spreadsheet in Google Drive. You enter the place names you want and the utility uses those names to mark the places on a Google map.
It was very quick to enter the data and generate a map. I used a separate column to enter the Australian state to ensure correct disambiguation of the place names.
|Birthplaces of children of John Way and Sarah Daw||State|
|Binalong||New south wales|
|Murrumburrah||New South Wales|
|Grenfell||New South Wales|
|Parkes||New South Wales|
You then go to https://mapalist.com. You do need to register for an account if you haven't already got one. You will need to allow Mapalist access to your Google account details.
Go to the tab Maps then choose create. Choose the source type of Google spreadsheet. Choose the worksheet you entered the data into.
|Creating a map in Mapalist|
After clicking next you assign fields to the columns. It did this automatically - I didn't need to change anything.
|stage 2 of creating your map using Mapalist|
I used a separate column to enter the Australian state to ensure correct disambiguation of the place names.
I clicked apply and then next.
|stage 3 of creating your map using Mapalist|
At the next stage you configure your map by choosing the pin you want.
|stage 4 of creating a map using Mapalist|
|options in stage 4|
|stage 5 save your map|
Immediately below the map are some buttons to click. The second one, a rectangle with an arrow emerging from it, is for sharing by email but clicking that also gives you the code to embed your map on any web page including your blog.
Good luck with mapping your family history.