Why bother using an online family tree maker? Mostly because it's no bother at all, only a lot of fun, but here are our top three reasons why!
1. It's faster than hand-writing on a paper chart (and easier to correct mistakes).
This is the way it used to be done. It's how my mom created her gorgeous genealogy wall chart 15 years ago (as well as one for her mother-in-law!) By hand. The final product? A wonderful heirloom. The process? Painstaking. And if you make a mistake there's very little you can do about it. By using a family tree maker online (like Family Tree Prints!) you can pull in up to 10 generations of genealogy in just a few minutes using one of our integrations, format to perfection and then click order. Want to make one for your mother-in-law? Just change who's at the center of your chart, click order again, and voila. It only took you 3 minutes to create a gorgeous and meaningful gift they'll appreciate forever. #timesavingwin
2. You can personalize to your heart's content.
There are lots of family tree templates online you can buy and either print off and handwrite; add the names yourself manually using Adobe Photoshop or an equivalent tool; or pay the vendor to add the names for you after you fill out an Excel sheet with all your genealogy. But what if you like the idea of this template a lot, but you wish they had it in blue?
Note: If you'd prefer to fill out an Excel sheet and have us add the names for you, we'll do that too! Just visit our Etsy store.
Using Family Tree Prints you can start from any of our templates but they're just a starting point. From there you can change the shape of the chart, the color palette, the line thickness, the font, etc until you have something that perfectly matches your personality, family history, and home decor. What if your style changes in 5 years and the chart you picked no longer matches? Either move it to another room or just create a new one--you can do it in just a few minutes!
3. It makes creating your own genealogy wall chart completely unintimidating.
Anything you can do in under 3 minutes can't be that intimidating, right? Creating a genealogy wall chart used to require either copious amounts of time (to do it yourself) or copious amounts of money (to pay someone else to do it for you). Now, you can do it yourself, saving time and money, and still end up with a beautifully professional product? Get stuck with the process? Check out our tutorial help center!