By Laurie Bennett

August 11, 2013 at 9:42am

Having problems seeing the interactive maps?

Muckety maps are designed for Flash version 9.0 and higher. You may need to get the latest version of Flash.

Some map features - such as directional arrows - don’t work properly in older versions of browsers such as Firefox. We recommend that you update your browser to take full advantage of the maps.

Some ad-blocking applications prevent Flash from loading. If you use such software, you’ll need to set Muckety as an “allowed site.”

Loading your own data

We offer several licensing/hosting options for companies and organizations with their own web sites. For more information, see our licensing page.

Searching Muckety

You can search for names or organizations from the search box at the top right of every page, or from the search box within every Muckety map.

Exploring the maps

Muckety maps are interactive You can expand or delete entries, rearrange them, save maps and view maps full screen. Right click on a box in the map to see a list of options, or click on the Map Tools bar at the left of the map.

Boxes with + signs in the upper right corner have more relationships than are shown in the map. You can see these by doubleclicking on the box. Or just click once and press e. Or click on the box you’re interested in, go to Map Tools and choose expand.

Dotted lines between boxes in a map indicate former relationships. Solid lines represent current relationships.

Color key

Here are the major color categories in Muckety maps:

People (living)
People (deceased)
Trade & professional groups
Colleges & schools
Political organizations

Selected boxes are outlined in pink.

Map Tools

If you click on the Map Tools bar at the left of the map, a toolbox will open, showing various options. The shortcuts on the right (such as e for expand, or d for delete) can be done by pressing that key on your keyboard after selecting the box or boxes you want to expand or delete.

Drag your mouse over each option for a more complete description of what it will do.


When there are seven or more people or organizations with the same relationship to another person or organization, they’ll be grouped in the map. (An example would be the U.S. Senate, where current senators and former senators are grouped.

To ungroup them, simply double click on the group box. Or just click once on the box and press u. Or click on the box you’re interested in, go to Map Tools and choose ungroup.

Beware: Large groups, when ungrouped, can overcrowd your map! You might want to switch to fullscreen before ungrouping.

Searching for once-removed connections

You can search for connections between two names by using AND in your query. Let’s say, for example, you want to know if there are any direct connections between the Obama White House and AIG. You could search for:

Obama administration AND AIG

On your results page, check the boxes for American International Group and Barack Obama administration. Then click the MucketyMap button. You’ll see that Richard C. Holbrooke - U.S. special envoy and a former AIG director - connects the two.

Saving maps

Once you’ve finished expanding, deleting and arranging relationships, you can save your results by right-clicking or going to the Map Tools box and selecting save. Be sure to save the URL so that you can call up the map later, or send it to others.

You can create a title for the map, by overwriting the default title, “My Saved Map.” We’ve noted that some users try to retrieve saved maps by using the title. This doesn’t work, you need the URL.

Muckety does not edit or censor user-created maps. However, we will delete maps with profane or offensive titles, or with more than 250 actors. Saved maps may change over time, as we add and delete records.

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  • #1.   danny singer 09.16.2013

    are we able to add our own data (to existing Muckety data) about an individual so that it can be added to the interactive maps?
    if so - how is this done (basically- no details needed at this point…) ? and how much would this kind of use of your site cost (we would need for about 2-10 users)?
    Danny Singer

  • #2.   michelle ingle 10.10.2013

    How do we remove a map?

  • #3.   nick ohnell 12.05.2013

    please update my profile to include: Chairman; Ohnell Family Foundation

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The relationship map to the left is interactive.
• Solid lines are current relations. Dotted lines are former relations.
• Expand items with + signs by double-clicking or by selecting multiple items in the map and pressing the "e" key.
• Move an item in the map by clicking and dragging.
• You can also delete items, separate boxes and save maps. Right-click on the map or select Map Tools for these options.
• Find out more about an item in the map by right-clicking on the item and choosing Information about...
• View map color key.
• This interactive map requires Flash player.

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