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Come Visit Us At Rootstech!

Come Visit Us At Rootstech!

Rootstech is right around the corner--come visit us!

WHEN:

Expo Hall Hours:
Wednesday, Feb 28: 6-8 pm
Thursday, Mar 1: 9:30 am - 6pm
Friday, Mar 2: 9:30 am - 7 pm
Saturday, Mar 3: 9:30 am - 4 pm

WHERE:

Booth 1947 (By the Discovery Zone!)

Salt Palace Convention Center
100 S W Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

What about pricing, you ask?

Well, turns out you can get a free pass for Saturday, March 3 (Family Discovery Day) that includes access to the Expo Hall, the closing event, 12+ classes, and more! You do need to sign up for a pass though, so be sure to do that here. Plus, if you come on Family Discover Day, you'll get to enjoy lots of activities planned specifically with kids in mind. We've got one of these activities planned too, and will also be opening up our little Family Discovery Day event to those #NotAtRootstech, so be sure to watch for a post of that next week! It involves creativity and the opportunity to win a free chart (plus a little publicity!), so if you want to be sure not to miss it, sign up for our newsletter here.

What's going on at the booth?

If you'd like help creating your chart, we'll be able to help you (or a loved one) in person at our booth with a free consultation. You'll also be able to check out lots of examples of Family Tree Prints that are printed, framed and on display so you can see the finished product! Plus, we'll be giving out a 20% discount code at our booth, along with a chance to win a free chart! 

 

 

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How To Make a Family Tree: Adding Marriage Dates, Birth and Death Places, and Vocations To Your Genealogy Wall Chart

How To Make a Family Tree: Adding Marriage Dates, Birth and Death Places, and Vocations To Your Genealogy Wall Chart

By default, if you're using our FamilySearch Integration or GEDCOM import functionality your ancestors' names, birth years and death years will be imported and added to your chart.

example of family tree - 6 generation genealogy wall chart

We made this choice to favor simplicity and consistency across a range of charts, but if you're looking to add more detail to your chart you absolutely can, and it's as easy as pie. Some things our community has wanted to add in the past? The month and date of the birth and death, a marriage date, the location of the birth, death, and/or marriage, and their ancestor's vocation or profession. While we'd highly recommend not including all of that information--let's face it, you'd have to make the text so tiny it would be illegible--you can add an additional detail or two to your chart. Here's how!

To flesh out birth and death dates more fully, just edit those individual fields within the main "Chart" tab.

how to make a family tree: before modifying dates how to make a family tree: after modifying dates

To add any of the other additional details (locations, marriage date, vocation, etc.) your secret weapon is that name text box.

The name text box is WYSIWYG editable just as any Word Document or email processor is. Type the information as you'd like it to be displayed in any given cell, and... voila. Here are a few examples.

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To help distinguish the most important information (often the name) from the details, it may help to play with capitalization. By default, many templates change everything to uppercase, so if you'd like to change that choose Advanced > Chart > Choose "Normal" rather than "Uppercase" from the Text Transform dropdown at the bottom.

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Our Most Popular Kids Family Tree Template

Our Most Popular Kids Family Tree Template

The benefits to children of knowing about their family history and heritage are quite amazing: they have increased self-esteem and -awareness and have been found to have much higher coping skills when faced with challenges. With this in mind, when we founded Family Tree Prints, we knew that we wanted to create a special line of charts to appeal directly to children and help develop their curiosity and interest in their ancestors. Which has been the most popular children's animal family tree template so far? Drum roll please...

The ladybug! A major plus about this family tree template? This delightfully adorable little chart is sophisticated enough to be the perfect present for adults as well as children. 

Here's a look at the gorgeous ladybug Instagram @michaelgladberry create for his sweet grandma who used to be called "ladybug" by her own mother.

ladybug family tree template

While our ladybug family tree template definitely stole the show, it was followed closely behind by the Finding Fox, Tracing Toucan and Curious Crab family tree templates!

Which is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below and get started creating your own custom family tree from one of these family tree templates today!

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Our Most Popular Kids Family Tree Template

Our Most Popular Kids Family Tree Template

The benefits to children of knowing about their family history and heritage are quite amazing: they have increased self-esteem and -awareness and have been found to have much higher coping skills when faced with challenges. With this in mind, when we founded Family Tree Prints, we knew that we wanted to create a special line of charts to appeal directly to children and help develop their curiosity and interest in their ancestors. Which has been the most popular children's animal family tree template so far? Drum roll please...

The ladybug! A major plus about this family tree template? This delightfully adorable little chart is sophisticated enough to be the perfect present for adults as well as children. 

Here's a look at the gorgeous ladybug Instagram @michaelgladberry create for his sweet grandma who used to be called "ladybug" by her own mother.

ladybug family tree template

While our ladybug family tree template definitely stole the show, it was followed closely behind by the Finding Fox, Tracing Toucan and Curious Crab family tree templates!

Which is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below and get started creating your own custom family tree from one of these family tree templates today!

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The Perfect Family Tree Gift for Parents in 10 Minutes

The Perfect Family Tree Gift for Parents in 10 Minutes

Sometimes parents are hard to buy for. They often have the means to take care of all of their "needs" by themselves, so it often comes down to a great gift being thoughtful and something they might not know about or think to buy themselves. If you're looking for something super thoughtful that's personal and easy to execute look no further than Family Tree Prints: the perfect family tree gift for parents. The best part? If you're super speedy you can have a fully custom gift created in less than 10 minutes (although we'll bet you're having so much fun you'll want to spend a few extra minutes!) Ready to get started?

First, take a minute to think about where it's likely the chart will go? On a large wall, in an office, on a personal dresser? Then choose a starting template that matches the scale and decor you're looking for! When in doubt, especially for parents, go with a classic black on white, or white on black--classy but with a little modern kick!

example of family tree

After choosing the perfect template for your family tree gift for your parents, you'll want to import your genealogy (most likely from FamilySearch, but you can also import from GEDCOM or enter the names manually if you so desire. Since your parents are part of your genealogy, just choose yourself to be the center of the chart as you import, and then you can modify the text of the center to include your other siblings as well, or remove it entirely. Here's a little tutorial if you need some extra guidance there.

example of black family tree

Make sure none of the names are cut off, that they're a good size and will be readable the size you're hoping to print (the smaller you're planning to print, the bigger the fonts need to be!) and then order your chart and print it wherever you like! We have some recommendations for you here, but the world is your oyster. And there you have it, a gorgeous, custom genealogy chart that's the perfect gift for parents!

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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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Examples of Family Trees: A Roundup Of Our Favorite White Family Tree Prints Charts

Examples of Family Trees: A Roundup Of Our Favorite White Family Tree Prints Charts

We love all the bright template we created, and the new variations you come up with, but our most popular charts by far are white and black. And why not? They're incredibly classy, match any decor and are highly readable!

Without further ado, we'd like to showcase a few of our favorite white Family Tree Prints charts from the past few weeks!

The first gorgeous example of a family tree is...

example of white family tree chart

This chart was created by the oh-so-wonderful Katie over at @thelisteningearproject! We absolutely love what she does--in her own words:

A girl obsessed with old people and capturing their wisdom. Hoping to inspire others to connect through sharing stories and serving each other.

She created this chart starting from our White Simplicity Circle template, and then modified the way the names were displayed so each generation was "Horizontal Curved" (in the family tree maker choose "Advanced" > "Generation" > Select "Horizontal Curved" from the "Information Displayed" drop-down). Love, love, love how clean and GORGEOUS this chart is... we may even copy her!

Real-life chart stats:

  • No. generations: 6
  • Printed size: 11" x 14" 

An important note here: Katie initially used smaller fonts printing 11" x 14" and it was SUPER tiny, so she ended up redoing her chart (with larger fonts!) and now it looks GORGEOUS! If you're looking to print a 6 generation circle smaller than 16" x 16", definitely go for big fonts, and high contrast!

 The second chart up is... 

example of family tree white circle

This beauty was created by Bridgett of @hellobridgett, a photographer living in the Salt Lake City, UT area. We love its home snuggled in with family photographs!

She created this chart using our Classic White template, and removed the "+" sign at the center of the chart!  If you want to do the same, you'll just want to click the "Advanced" tab on the left-hand side, and then click the "Generation" tab, and select "1st generation" from the drop-down menu. Then click the "Individual" tab and in the Name field it should say "+". Delete it and voila!

Real-life chart stats:

  • 6 generations (5 visible)
  • Printed size: 20" x 20"

The third lovely white family tree example is...

example of family tree white fan shape

this beauty created by Alanna of @two_sisters_and_a_story--all three of these ladies have fantastic style and impressive creative mojo! She started with our Classic White fan template, and then changed the shape to "Half Circle". (To do this, click "Advanced" > "Shape" > Scroll through the list and click on the mini chart above "Half Circle".)

Real-life chart stats:

  • 6 generations (5 visible)
  • 11" x 14"

Note: For a 6 generation fan chart, we typically suggest printing a minimum of 12x18" and recommended 16” x 20”, but clearly this 11" x 14" chart turned out just right! The key to success? Making sure your fonts are large enough and that you've chosen a high-contrast design! Check and check!

The last chart up is...

example of family tree white fan 8 generations

This chart was one Kesler and I created to gift to his grandpa for Christmas this year (shhh... don't tell!). It's a whopping 8 generations (7 visible) and is currently at the printers to be printed 36" x 24". We can't wait to see the finished product! We created this chart using our White Simplicity fan chart template and had to do a little finagling to make some of the longer names fit, but it was totally worth it!

Real-life chart stats:

  • 8 generations (7 visible)
  • 36" x 24"

Ready to create your very own white family tree? Choose one of our white starting templates and off you go!

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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
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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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Beautiful Black Charts: How To Modify Three Family Tree Templates For The Ultimate Chart

Beautiful Black Charts: How To Modify Three Family Tree Templates For The Ultimate Chart

We've talked before about how gorgeous a little black chart can be, so we thought it only fitting today to showcase three charts that are riveting in black: a black circle chart, a black fan pedigree chart and a black bedazzled bug family tree template for kids! There's something about black and white that's just... classy and classic. And they're by far the most often used templates on our store, so we know you'll love them.

First off, the black fan chart. To make this variation, we started with the Clean Blackboard fan chart template and then performed just a few minor alterations.

black fan chart

Alteration #1: We hid the center circle (a.k.a. changed its background color to white via clicking on the center circle of the actual chart and then Advanced > Color>Background Color>Chose White)

Alteration #2: Added a text decal. For more specifics on how to do that, view our text decal tutorial here.

Next up... the black circle chart. This one started as our Clean Blackboard circle family tree template.

black circle template

Alteration #1: Modified the shape from a horizontal to a vertical circle (thus unhiding the first generation!) For a tutorial on how to change the shape, go here.

Last, but certainly not least is this adorable black bug chart. This one we started from our Lady Bug family tree template for kids and then went to town!

black bug family tree chart

Alteration #1: We changed the palette to black. There's a full tutorial on how to change colors here that you may want to reference, but the gist of it is once you're in the editor choose Advanced > Palette > Click the black swatch under the Solid Color heading > Click the thumbnail preview of the bug chart in black.

Alteration #2: We added color bands to the outside of each generation. To do this click on the individual cell you'd like to alter, then choose Advanced > Color > Click the color swatch under the heading Band Color > Choose what color you'd like your band to be. Then repeat for each individual cell. Once you've chosen a color once it will show up as a color swatch in your color picker to make it easier for you.

Alteration #3: We modified the line color to be a gorgeous purple tone. Again, you can reference this tutorial on color changes, but basically, you'll just want to stay in that same Color panel you've been working in and use the color picker under the heading Line Color to update it.

Alteration #4: We modified some of the text colors to give it a little extra pop. To do this, stay on that same Advanced > Color panel and just choose a color using the color picker under the Text Color heading. Again, this is cell by cell. To move to a new cell, just click on it in the chart.

Now you can make each and every one of these gorgeous black charts for yourself. If you're thinking about it, you should do it TODAY and take full advantage of our Black Friday Deal : 30% off your full order with code BLACKFRIDAY!

Coupon is valid through Saturday, November 25 at midnight PST.

 

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Real Customer Question: One of the charts I want to purchase is not for a couple, it is for an individual. Do I just need to do a fan chart for that individual or could a circle chart be made for an individual?

Real Customer Question: One of the charts I want to purchase is not for a couple, it is for an individual. Do I just need to do a fan chart for that individual or could a circle chart be made for an individual?

We want to be sure that you know exactly how to make a family tree chart that's perfect for the person and occasion for which it was intended... and if one person has a question, other people probably do too! Today's real customer question is:

Q: One of the charts I want to purchase is not for a couple, it is for an individual. Do I just need to do a fan chart for that individual or could a circle chart be made for an individual?

A: Short answer? Yes! You can make a circle chart for an individual!

And not only that, you can make it starting from any template (circle or fan)! Once you have selected the template that you feel is closest to the feel you'd like, select "Start From This Template" and it will drop you into the editor. From there, you'll just want to change the shape of the chart to be a 360 Degree Vertical Circle. There's a full tutorial here on how to change your chart's shape, but the gist of it is: Click the "Advanced" tab, then the "Shape" tab, and scroll until you see a circle with 360 Vertical written underneath it. Click the thumbnail preview and your chart's shape will be updated. Voila!

family tree circle chart for an individual not couple

Have a pressing question we haven't answered? Shoot us an email to hello@familytreeprints.com and we'd be happy to help you out!

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