I've already shared a little bit about why I'm so fond of Leif The Lucky, but since these feelings are closely linked to my experiences reading to baby F, as I was making this example of a family tree for Leif Erikson, I was thinking about children, and creativity and imagination.
Genealogy and family tree charts have long held the stigma of being for old people, but they're anything but, particularly as you get creative with them. It was this creative thinking that got us started with our line of animal pedigree charts for kids as we thought about what animals we could form from standard pedigree chart shapes.
Since I knew that Leif "The Lucky" was a Viking explorer, I wanted to make him a pedigree chart that reflected this aspect of his life to make it the pedigree chart more meaningful and personal... and how better to do that than with a Viking boat!
Image credit: Simon & Schuster
I started this chart from scratch in our family tree maker app rather than starting from one of the templates and chose the 180 Fan Shape that looks like the bottom half of a circle. Then I choose a color scheme that mimicked the feel of wood to create the base of the wooden boat. Add in the names via manual entry based on info I found on geni.com, add a text decal and we're almost there.
To add the embellishments, I found an SVG of a Viking ship on The Noun Project (Viking Ship by Amber Parrow from the Noun Project) and placed it behind my chart using Figma (but any similar program such as Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, etc. will work!)
What creative pedigree charts can you create using a basic circle or fan as your starting point?
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