1. Administrator Setup

A subscription is purchased to Ancestry Atlas

An administrator for the school registers using an email address

The administrator invites teachers to join the school’s private Ancestry Atlas

The teachers receive an email inviting them to activate their registration and provide details of their Ancestry

2. Ask for information

The teacher signs in to Ancestry Atlas and enters an email address of all students they wish to invite to join their Ancestry Atlas class group

The students receive an email to activate their registration

The students individually enter their Ancestry details through a simple web form

Adding details of languages and beliefs is entirely optional and confidential

3. Make the infographic

The Ancestry Atlas website automatically generates an infographic

Each country of the world is shaded darker commensurate with the population of the class from that location

The Infographic shows languages spoken at home and religious beliefs

An interactive table of data is available to view the data based on filters (eg: gender)

4. Share your results

The class discusses how they would like to share these maps (if at all)

A digital version can be shared using Social Media

Printouts of the image can be distributed

High Resolution for large size printing can be ordered online

5. Follow up activities (for Schools)

The infographic is a conversation prompt for Intercultural understanding

Compare your image to an international school through a teleconference tool

Ancestry Atlas provides Lesson Plans as part of the subscription fee.
For example, a Secondary class can use this activity as part of a lesson on Country borders versus ‘Nations’ such as First Nations original territories, Tribal or Ethnic groups (eg. Kurdish)


These are the common FAQ’s for visitors to Ancestry Atlas. For further enquiries, please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of this page.
We are continually improving the Ancestry Atlas website so would be happy to hear from you.

If you are unable to find information about your ancestry, please select the Not Applicable option from the drop down list. Alternatively, there are a number of websites you may be able use to help you learn about your heritage. Try here.

Ancestry Atlas is a conversation starter, and those conversations are not always simple and easy. There is a form available for print that can be taken home to encourage family conversations, eform. We are developing curriculum guides to guide teachers in having these conversations in a culturally sensitive manner. Within fractured communities these questions can open up wounds, so please be gentle.

Ancestry Atlas follows strict privacy and security policies to protect the data of an individual. If you don’t want to reveal your beliefs please select the Not Applicable option from the drop down list.

Please read our privacy policy for more information.

The list of countries in the Ancestry Atlas database has been derived from the list of countries recognized by the UN.

If you think the name of a country has been accidentally excluded, please let us know here .

Ancestry Atlas relies on a standard list of countries recognized by the UN. We admit that there are a number of territories around the world that are under dispute and apologize that we have not discovered a way to accommodate them at this time.

If you disagree with the country border location please let us know, select an approximation or select Not Applicable from the drop down list.

If an employee is in more than one organization he/she can register with only one unique email address at a time. Our recommendation is for them to use the unique email address provided to them for each organization, or create a new free gmail account.
They should enter their information separately, so that their individual contribution is recognised.
By clicking on the “Share with Friends” option from the website an individual can send the email invitation to friends about Ancestry Atlas.
Ancestry Atlas uses privacy and security policies to protect the data of an individual. Providing privacy to the user information is of the highest priority of Ancestry Atlas. Each person can use a number/code/ alias (fake name) if preferred as the final output does not require personal identification.

See our privacy policy for our commitment to respecting your rights

Choose any one of the years from the drop down list in the maps section to access the cultural diversity map of previous year.
As this is a visual mapping tool please use the current country borders and your entry will be reflected accurately. Ancestry Atlas uses a list of countries recognized by the UN. Country borders have shifted many times throughout history across the world.

If you have any suggestions for how we can better accommodate and visually represent this, please don’t hesitate to contact us .

Please check the spam and junk folders in your E-mail.

If you haven’t receive any activation link within 10 minutes please don’t hesitate to contact us .

The simplest definition of worldview is what someone thinks about the world or how they might try to interpret the reality of the world they live in. From a philosophical and conceptual perspective worldviews describe all living things and their place in the world and are framed by attitudes and ideas about the world, ourselves and life. Worldviews are underpinned by value based systems that attempt to provide answers for humanity’s existence.
Based on research, and acknowledging that these weights will vary somewhat in time and place, the Ancestry Atlas team created an index for measuring cultural diversity across the top three key parameters:

Ethnicity – 52%
Linguistics – 22%
Worldviews – 26%

From here, we created a mathematical formula that generates a ‘diversity index’ based on the value of each parameter within a particular group.

First we calculate L1/N, where L1 norm (which is also known as taxicab metric, rectilinear distance or L1 distance) is the sum of absolute differences and N is the total number of different languages (or ethnicities or worldviews) in a group.

Our vector can be shown as VN= (V1, V2…VN). So if in a group there are 5 people who all speak one language, our vector will be (5,0,0,0,0). If all speak different languages, it will be (1,1,1,1,1) and if all speak one language plus English, it will be ( 5,1,1,1,1 ).

The entropy of this vector is considered as a probability distribution over the entropy of a ‘smoothed’ vector of the same length.

So, in one example, when all the people in a group speak just one language, are all from one ethnicity and all believe in the same worldview, the diversity rating will be zero. At the opposite extreme, if the number of languages, ethnicities or worldviews equal or exceed the number of people in that team, the diversity rating will be 1 as the most diverse situation.

This model has been expanded to include diversity across gender, ability, age, sexual identity and more.

For more background and technical details refer to our paper A Practical Approach to Measuring Cultural Diversity on Australian Organizations and Schools, published in the International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, Vol. 7, No. 12, December 2017.