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Baby Yoda: Why To Start Star Wars Fans Early (Plus Carrie Fisher's 5 Generation Family Tree Chart)

Baby Yoda: Why To Start Star Wars Fans Early (Plus Carrie Fisher's 5 Generation Family Tree Chart)

If you're looking for an example of a family tree, we've got one for you: five generations of Carrie Fisher's family history with a palette inspired by none other than BB8, the cutest little robot ever.

Some of us are bigger Star Wars fans than others in this family, and although many girls love Star Wars, this girl... not so much. It's not for lack of trying... I've watched the best two (supposedly) of the original six movies, as well as the newest two, but I just can't seem to get into it. My Harry Potter fandom is almost manic (and has been growing since age 10), whereas my Star Wars fandom hovers just above lethargy (and started at age 21). (I even walked out of The Force Awakens with 15 minutes to go! Read about that here.) Conclusion? I think maybe I missed the boat by not getting started early enough for Star Wars. After re-watching the two of the original trilogy with me, even Kesler will admit that a lot of the pull is the magic of childhood.

Luckily for him, baby F will not have my same excuse.

baby yoda costume

After seeing a baby a week before Fenton was born as Yoda for Halloween, complete with mini crocheted light-saber, Kesler asked my mom if she'd make F. one. As a surprise for Kesler for Christmas, F. and I did a little nerdy photo shoot (with the help of my mom on props!) and a potential fan was born. Of course... we also included some Harry Potter props so he's started plenty early there as well.

harry potter fandom

Which of your pet obsessions do you hope your children will remember and follow in your footsteps?

 

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How To Make a Family Tree That's The Perfect Family Tree Gift For Parents

How To Make a Family Tree That's The Perfect Family Tree Gift For Parents

If you've decided to gift your parents the thoughtful and incredibly personal gift that is a custom family tree, here are just a few pointers on how to personalize the center of the chart to change it from YOUR family tree to YOUR PARENTS family tree. Your choice of which of these to implement will be highly dependent on which template you've chosen as well as your family's personal style, but we guarantee there's an option here that will make this perfect family tree gift for your parents picture perfect. 

Note: These options are based on the assumption that you've just imported your personal genealogy from FamilySearch by choosing yourself as the center of the chart, but are adaptable to other situations as well. For instructions of how to import your data for your parents family tree via FamilySearch read this post.

For each of the below options, you'll want to start by first removing your name from the center of the family tree. You can do this from the main "Chart" tab in the left sidebar panel. Simply select your name in the "Name:" field and delete!

Option 1: Change the cell color to remove the center.

remove center for perfect family tree gift for parents

This is our personal favorite way to adapt a chart for parents--classy, classic, easy and clean! To do this simply:

1. Click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker.

2. Click the "Color" tab within the "Advanced" settings.

3. Make sure "Individual" is selected from the "Color Mode" drop-down.

4. Click on the center circle in your actual chart.

5. Click on the "Background Color" color swatch, and drag the color picker to white.

Option 2: Add all your siblings'/your parents' childrens' names to the center.

There are a couple different ways you can do this depending on how many siblings you have, and how much of each of their names you hope to include. 

If you just want to include your siblings' first names, just enter them in the "Name:" field of the main "Chart" tab in order separated by spaces. This will put each name on it's own line.

siblings name in the center of genealogy wall chartIf you'd like to include multiple names per sibling (first and middle, full name, etc.) you'll still enter them in order, separated by spaces in the "Name:" field of the main "Chart" tab, but you'll want to put a ~ instead of a space in between the portions of the name you'd like to stay on the same line. For example, if I'd like the names listed as:

George Will
Fred Bennett
Mary Jane

I would write:

George~Will Fred~Bennett Mary~Jane in the name field.

siblings as part of perfect family tree gift for parents

If this isn't working for you the way it's described above, you may need to change how information is displayed in the center cell. To do this, choose "Advanced" > "Generation" > Select "1st Generation" from the "Generation" drop-down > Select "Horizontal Multiline" from the "Information Displayed" drop-down.

Option 3: Add a special character to the center.

how to make a family tree for parents with &Much the same as adding your siblings' names to the center of the circle, you'll just enter the special character (such as & or +) in the "Name:" field on the main "Chart" tab of the family tree maker. A capital letter (such as the first letter of your parents' last name also works well.)

how to make a family tree for parents with center initial

With just a single character, you'll probably want to increase the font size. To do this:

1. Click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker.

2. Click the "Generations" tab within the "Advanced" settings.

3. Make sure "1st Generation" is selected from the "Generations" drop-down.

4. Drag the "Font Size" slider to the desired font size.

Option 4: Change the chart shape to hide the center.

Some chart shape templates are pre-built to hide the 1st generation altogether: 360 Horizontal circle, Half Circle fan and Half Circle Inverted fan.

shape to hide first generation of genealogy wall chart

change shape to hide 1st generation of genealogy wall chart

To change the shape:

1. Click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker.

2. Click the "Shape" tab within the "Advanced" settings.

3. Scroll through the list and click on the desired shape.

 

Still have lingering questions about the best way to create the perfect family tree gift for your parents? Shoot us an email at hello@familytreeprints.com and we'd be happy to help!

 

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Example of Family Tree: 5 Generation Family Tree Chart for Napoleon Bonaparte

Example of Family Tree: 5 Generation Family Tree Chart for Napoleon Bonaparte

When looking for names to use in creating examples of family tree charts to showcase (in this case, a five generation family tree chart!) we often turn to prominent historical figures whose genealogy is well-documented, because 1) we get to learn something about them and 2) there's normally a GEDCOM file we can import to have up to 9 generations of names pulled in in a flash--win!
With no further ado, we present a 5 generation family tree chart for Napoleon Bonaparte three ways.
5 Generation Family Tree Chart Variation 1: (Pictured above)
Initial Template: Evening Patriot
Font: Voltaire
Modifications:
  • Changed shape to be a 215 Degree fan (Advanced > Chart > Angle slider to 215)
  • Line width moved to 0 (Advanced > Chart > Line Width slider to 0)
  • Text decal added
5 generation family tree chart example
5 Generation Family Tree Chart Variation 2: 
Initial Template: Natural Stem
Font: Voltaire
Modifications:
  • Changed shape to be a 360 Vertical circle (Advanced > Shape > 360 Vertical)
  • Text decal added
example of family tree
5 Generation Family Tree Chart Variation 3: 
Initial Template: Dusky Iris
Font: Cinzel
Modifications:

Ready to get started making your own chart? Choose a starting template here.

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Family Tree Maker: The Impact of Changing Text Color

Family Tree Maker: The Impact of Changing Text Color

We've been talking a lot about explorers lately (as inspired by one of baby F's board books--you can read about Christopher Columbus or Leif Erikson) so I've been experimenting making different family tree prints for them. As someone who makes a LOT of family tree prints... let me tell you it's addicting. Whenever I design one I like to try to match the style and feel of the pedigree chart to the person at its center, so that it tells a story as well as x-generations of ancestral names: for King Henry VIII a royal purple, for Marilyn Monroe oh-so-many shades of pink, for Carrie Fisher a chart inspired by BB8 and for Leif Erikson a veritable Viking ship!

There are infinite ways to customize and personalize your family tree print--one of these is changing the text color. The two charts you can see above are both created using our Clean Blackboard circle family tree template, where the text is white by default. It looks fantastic that way, and there's no need to change it. But if you want to... it opens up an infinite world of possibilities. See how different the chart looks with just two different color choices: red and green-gold! For a step-by-step "how to" on changing your text color in our family tree maker app, visit this tutorial post, but don't worry it's easy!

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An Explorer's Pedigree Chart: Christopher Columbus

An Explorer's Pedigree Chart: Christopher Columbus

There is an increasing amount of controversy surrounding Columbus, as evidenced by a number of cities and states renaming what was formerly known as Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day. (If you aren't familiar with this situation, check out this article written by Time.) While evidence shows that Columbus was no saint, he still had a large impact on the progress towards settling "the new world" on its journey toward becoming a place pilgrims could go to enjoy religious freedom, so whether or not we choose to venerate him, it's probably still worth learning that he existed. I love the way that's presented in this board book: This Little Explorer.

this little explorer cover

The text about Columbus reads:
"This little explorer sailed in 1492. He was hunting for gold and other riches too.
Christopher Columbus sailed in ships named the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. He hoped to land in Asia but bumped into America instead."
All factual, no fluff, no judgment one way or the other about what he did. They've got lots of other great (and less controversial) explorers too, including Amelia Earhart, Sacajewea, Matthew Henson, and Leif Erikson. (To see a cool Viking chart we made for Leif Erikson, click here!) Want to become an explorer yourself? Delve into your family history and learn the stories behind the names in your pedigree chart!

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An Explorer's Pedigree Chart: Leif "The Lucky"

An Explorer's Pedigree Chart: Leif

Baby F has a board book called This Little Explorer. It's one of his favorites, which just astounds me since honestly, it's pretty long and there are no interactive elements to it like there are in most of his other favorite books. But most of the time, he'll sit through the entire book as I read to him about different explorers... so I've read it to him a LOT.  Leif Erikson is the very first explorer, so when perusing geni.com to find genealogies with which to make charts, I was thrilled to recognize good ol' Leif from F's board book. #momwin

leif erikson this little explorer

Image credit: Simon & Schuster

This Little Explorer talks about a myriad of different explorers--Sacajewea, Christopher Columbus , Jacque Cousteau, Neal Armstrong, etc.--and then concludes with these words:

"Oceans, mountains or stars far away, where would you like to explore someday?"

Where would YOU like to explore someday? How about exploring your own pedigree chart and family history and traveling back through time? Of course, science seems to need a bit more time to invent the working time machine, but by learning stories and other information about our ancestors we can travel back through time another way and get to experience in some small way what it was like to live "back in the day".

 

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Girly Girl Power: Example of a Family Tree for Marilyn Monroe

Girly Girl Power: Example of a Family Tree for Marilyn Monroe

What a difference a color palette makes! Here are three different takes on a 5 generation family tree chart for Marilyn Monroe--three totally different looks, all decidedly feminine. Liking pink isn't a bad thing, so if you're in the pink camp, embrace it and choose one of these templates that are simultaneously clean, modern and decidedly feminine.

Option 1: Grape Gala Circle Family Tree Template

5 generation family tree chart for Marilyn Monroe

Just like's its name, this chart is a party and is the brightest and boldest choice of the three, with dark purple and coral side by side with pale lavender and grey... we're in love. You'll want to create at least a 5 generation chart if you use this template so you get a chance to see the spunky alternating pattern in the 5th generation.

> Start from the Grape Gala family tree template. >

Option 2: Pink Ombre Circle Family Tree Template

example of family tree for Marilyn Monroe

Floaty and a little bit flirty, the soft rose tones in this ombre chart provide a comfy level of focus and interest to your chart while remaining mellow.

> Start from the Rose Ombre family tree template > 

Note: The shape of this starting template is a fan, so you'll just want to change the shape to a circle (from the Shape tab in the left sidebar) once you've entered our family tree maker app.

Option 3: Rose Quartz Circle Family Tree Template

example of 5 generation pedigree chart for Marilyn Monroe

The different hues of grey lend an air of sophistication to this modern circle chart, while the generations of peachy pink give it a punch of girlish fun.

>Start from this Rose Quartz template >

Note: The shape of this starting template is a fan, so you'll just want to change the shape to a circle (from the Shape tab in the left sidebar) once you've entered our family tree maker app.

The same names, the same shape, the same font, the same number of generations and the same text decal, and yet by changing the color palette each of these charts gains a totally different vibe while staying squarely on the side of girl power--we love it! Ready to start expressing your unique self? Pick a starting template or start experimenting directly in our family tree maker app.

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I Left The Force Awakens With 15 Minutes To Go: Here's Why (Plus a 5 Generation Family Tree for Carrie Fisher)

I Left The Force Awakens With 15 Minutes To Go: Here's Why (Plus a 5 Generation Family Tree for Carrie Fisher)

We love making examples of family trees, both because it's incredibly fun to experiment with different shapes and palettes and to share with you some of the cool things you can do with Family Tree Prints family tree maker. Thus we present to you.... Carrie Fisher's 5 generation family tree chart. If you don't know who Carrie Fisher is... she's most famous for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars. Now for the story you've all been waiting for: why I couldn't stay in The Force Awakens for one more minute. 

We had all gone to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens over Christmas break two years ago. Some of us were big fans, some of us were just going for the popcorn and movie theater experience (heresy, I know!) but we all packed up and went to the theater late in the afternoon. We waited in the freezing cold line for an hour outside for the doors to open (even though the movie had been out for a couple weeks) so we could purchase our tickets and then snagged an entire row of seats. We waited in anticipation for the movie to start. Everyone, that is, except for my mom. She was at home, eagerly anticipating something else--my little sister arriving home from her year and a half mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The timing should have worked out perfectly so the rest of us could watch the movie and then head over to the airport to pick Sadie up, but my mom didn't want to risk being late.

Then, with just 15 minutes left to go in the movie (as we learned later), otherwise known as the climax my dad got a text from my mom that Sadie's flight was coming in early. The message passed down the row that we had to skedaddle and leave NOW so up popped 6 of us and walked straight on out of the theater. People must have thought we were bonkers, but off we went to see our darling sister we hadn't seen in 18 months!

waiting at the airport

seeing our LDS missionary

As it turned out, the flight didn't end up being early--just on time--but the entire experience, full of laughter and rushing and a little stress, was totally worth having to finish the movie later when it came out on DVD for the story it gave us that we can tell with laughter and fond memories whenever The Force Awakens is brought up. Stories... the meat on the bones of a family tree print!

As we get ready for the release of the newest movie, what's your favorite Star Wars memory?

 

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