If you're aware of our founding story, you'll know that it all started when we wanted to make my mother-in-law a custom family tree. We did a lot of research to find the best way to do so. We found some online family tree chart makers, but wanted something cleaner and more modern looking than the traditional four color rainbow. Then we found LOTS of charts on Etsy (we won't lie, there are some gorgeous templates there) and ended up choosing a sophisticated white fan pdf template. That was great and all, until we spent literally 100+ hours filling out and perfectly formatting the chart using Photoshop. Manually adjusting every single text box to be on the perfect angle and flipping between tabs to navigate to and then copy and paste each name and associated date in a 8 generation chart... that's 256 names folks. Slightly tortuous. You can pay vendors on Etsy to do this for you, but doing so was WAY out of our price range, and you still have to submit an Excel form that they send you, which means you have to transfer your genealogy from wherever it currently resides (for us, FamilySearch) to their specific form by hand. That being said, when we got to the end of the process, we had a GORGEOUS custom family tree. We were proud of it, my mother-in-law loved it... a resounding success by all accounts.
But when we realized Kesler's grandparents would probably also love a copy, but to move them to the center would require an additional 100 ish hours of reformatting we decided we'd rather spend 500+ hours building an awesome tool. Here are three reasons you should use it!
SAVE YOURSELF TIME
Custom doesn't have to mean labor or time intensive. Save yourself those 100+ hours of formatting and manual labor and import up to 10 generations of genealogy in mere minutes (like less than 3, normally 30 seconds!) with our integration with FamilySearch or GEDCOM import. You can create your entire chart in three minutes! Now THAT is time saving. If you want to spend 100 hours on family history, now you can spend it learning stories or researching names.
MATCH YOUR STYLE
Saving time doesn't matter at all if you don't love the final end product. We get that everyone has their own preferences when creating their own custom family tree, so we actually LET YOU CUSTOMIZE. Start from any of our templates (time saving!), but then change font, color palette, individual cell color, add a text decal, etc., etc., etc. Your chart should be as unique and individual as your family history and you should be able to use the same tool to create charts your ultra-traditional grandma, 5-year-old son, and hipster sister will love.
HAVE FUN AND LOVE FAMILY HISTORY
The less stressful the experience, the more fun you have creating your chart. Once you've got your custom family tree hanging up, it can serve as a beautiful reminder of those who came before you, of your heritage and of the examples of strength and overcoming adversity you have in your past. Speaking from personal experience, that subtle and often subliminal reminder has an actual impact. There's even research on kids that proves it.
We're here to help you create a gorgeous custom family tree that's completely wall worthy and won't break the bank, while saving you time and allowing to create exactly what you want in the process. Ready to get started? Choose a starting template at familytreeprints.com!