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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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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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Real Customer Question: I'm a single mom/divorced with 4 kids--is there a chart for me?

Real Customer Question: I'm a single mom/divorced with 4 kids--is there a chart for me?

We figure if one person has a question... other people probably do too! Since we're here to make sure you know how to make a family tree (and specifically how to make a family tree for YOUR family), we're here to help! Today's real customer question is:

Q: I'm a single mom/divorced with 4 kids--is there a chart for me?

A: The short answer is YES!

The long answer is, yes, and here are some ideas on how you can create a chart that's perfect for your particular family situation.

If you're hoping to just have the chart reflect your children, you and YOUR genealogy, we'd highly recommend using the center circle to your advantage by putting both yourself and your children in there. Let's do an example with a mom named Jane Doe, and her four children Peter John, Susan Marie, Edmund Mark and Lucy Madeline.

In the center of your family tree chart, you could just put a generic "Our Family", "Our Heritage", or a more specific "The Doe Family".

family tree chart for divorced parent and children

Alternatively, if you'd like for the individual names to be displayed, you could change the format of the center cell to be "Horizontal Multiline" and type the following into the center individuals place:

Jane~Doe  Peter~John Susan~Marie Edmund~Mark Lucy~Madeline

Note: A ~ signifies that you'd like the joined words to stay on the same line, a space signifies a return or enter.

family tree chart for divorced mom and family option 2

Both of these options put Jane and her children in the "1st generation", and Jane's parents in the second generation. If you're importing from FamilySearch, Jane would choose herself to be the center of the chart, and then manually edit the center information by clicking on it in the chart and editing the text manually. View a tutorial on that here.

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Getting Creative With Pedigree Charts

Getting Creative With Pedigree Charts

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.

family tree templates for kids

 

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!

leif the lucky book this little explorer

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.

example of family tree Leif Erikson

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!)

viking ship pedigree chartWhat creative pedigree charts can you create using a basic circle or fan as your starting point?

This post is part of our Art With The Chart series. 

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6 Generation Pedigree Chart: Example of Family Tree for Elizabeth Tudor

6 Generation Pedigree Chart: Example of Family Tree for Elizabeth Tudor

In creating an example of a family tree in a 6 generation pedigree chart, we once again turn to the royal line of England: Elizabeth Tudor. At first glance, you might think of Queen Elizabeth I, but Elizabeth Tudor was actually her aunt, King Henry VIII's younger sister who died when she was three years and two months old.  She spent much of her life in the royal nursery at Eltham Palace, Kent and after her sudden death (the cause of which is not recorded) was brought to be buried at Westminster Abbey. Several of her other siblings who died prematurely are buried by her side. 

To learn more about Princess Elizabeth Tudor, check out this fantastic article: https://www.tudorsociety.com/henry-viiis-lost-sister-elizabeth-tudor/

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Fathers Of Our Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson's Four Generation Pedigree Chart

Fathers Of Our Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson's Four Generation Pedigree Chart

Who was Thomas Jefferson? Revolutionary, founding father, president, the face on the nickel, and much more. 

Family. Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia on the thirteenth of April in 1743 to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph. He was the third of ten children. His father was a surveyor and cartographer. Thomas married Martha Wayles Skelton on January 1, 1772. They had six children, however, only two of them, Martha and Mary, made it to adulthood. After Martha's death, he fathered at least one child with one of his slaves, Sally Hemmings.

Life Achievements. Virginia delegate to Continental Congress (1775), primary author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1776), Governor of Virginia (1779), Virginia delegate to the Congress of the Confederation (1783), US Minister to France (1785), US Secretary of State (1790), Vice President of the US (1797), President of the US (1801), Founder of the University of Virginia (1819).

To learn more about Thomas Jefferson, we recommend reading American Sphynx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis. To make your own patriotic Family Tree Print, check out FamilyTreePrints.com. If red, white, and blue isn't your style, we have lots of other color and design options to choose from as well!

"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits."  -T.J.

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9 Classy Text Embellishments You Should Add To Your Pedigree Chart

9 Classy Text Embellishments You Should Add To Your Pedigree Chart

When creating your custom family tree, adding a text decal is a great way to tie everything together. But what text decal should you use? Really, you can do anything, but we have 8 suggestions of classy and classic suggestions for you. Here goes.

    1. My Family Tree
    2. My Heritage
    3. Genealogy
    4. My Genealogy
    5. My Family
    6. My Eternal/Forever Family
    7. The [Your Last Name Here]s (i.e., The Tanners)
    8. The [Your Last Name Here] Family (i.e., The Smith Family)
    9. [Your Full Name Here] (i.e., John Doe)

Using our custom family tree maker, you have the option to add both a heading, and a subheading if you so choose. Since we're giving suggestions, here are some of our favorite subheading text decals.

Est. 1984 (Marriage Year)

If you're using a family name as your heading (some variation of The Smiths or The Smith Family), this is a natural choice. Choose the abbreviated or full form of "Established" and then put in your marriage date or year. Voila!

A Meaningful Quote or Scripture

Another fantastic and perhaps more personal choice is a meaningful quote or scripture reference. A few we've seen and liked are "...on the shoulders of giants" and "...the heart of the children to their fathers". If you're creating a chart for an LDS missionary, we love some snippet of D&C 84:88

And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.

Which text embellishment is your favorite? Ready to get started on your chart? Click here. Need some more specific instructions on how to actually add a text decal? Read our tutorial here.

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All About the Roots

All About the Roots

Whenever we talk about genealogy or family history, the word "roots" comes up often. We talk about "getting back to our roots," "remembering our roots," and "honoring our roots." We even use "family trees," and we all know that trees have roots. But today, we are going to talk about the word "roots" in a different context: root words; of some commonly used phrases related to genealogy and family history.

The word genealogy comes from the two Greek words genea and logia. Genea means "race" or "family" and logia means "theory" or "study."The closest translation comes out to "to trace ancestry." The word pedigree has Latin roots, coming from the words pes, meaning "foot," and grus, meaning "crane." Kinda weird, right? This is because, in early western European genealogies, a sign resembling a crane's foot was used to indicate lines of descent. As we know, English is a "younger" language, and almost every word is a variation or combination of words from other, more ancient languages. 

Root words help us figure out the origin and meaning of the language we use today. In the same way, knowing our "roots" help us figure out our origins and our purpose. We all come from somewhere, and we all mean something; because of our strong roots, we can become great trees (figuratively). Metaphors are nice, but personally, I like things I can see and hold. At FamilyTreePrints.com you can create, customize, and download a Family Tree Print that fits your needs, and your style.  So go check it out, and remember, a tree is only as strong as its roots.

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What's Your Name Man? Alexander Hamilton: A 10 Generation Pedigree Chart

What's Your Name Man? Alexander Hamilton: A 10 Generation Pedigree Chart

Alexander Hamilton. It's a name we have all heard a lot since Hamilton: An American Musical hit Broadway in 2015. But who is he? What's his story?

Alexander Hamilton was born to James A. Hamilton, a Scotsman, and Rachel Fawcett (Faucette), a prostitute, on January 11 of 1755 or 1757 in St. Kitts. He was orphaned at a young age, but his talents and intelligence were recognized, and a number of wealthy men sponsored his journey to the United States to study at King's College (Columbia University). Once the Revolutionary War started he dropped out of school to join the effort. He quickly rose through the ranks and became a senior aide and close friend to George Washington. After the war, he practiced law and then became a driving force behind the birth and progress of the Constitution. He became Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington and continued to influence national politics up until his death, at the hands of then-Vice President Aaron Burr on July 12 of 1804 in New York City. To learn more about him, we recommend reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow or listening to/watching Hamilton: An American Musical.

He was married to Elizabeth Schuyler on December 14 of 1780. They had eight children: Philip, Angelica, Alexander Jr., James Alexander, John Church, William Stephen, Eliza, and Philip (born one year after the Hamilton's oldest son, Philip, was killed in a duel).  

Looking to make a 10 generation family tree of your own? Start creating your chart here.

 

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3 Unique Gifts for Family: Dad Edition

3 Unique Gifts for Family: Dad Edition

When I search online for gift ideas for dad (for either my own father or my husband) there are a LOT of gifts relating to alcohol or golf... custom beer steins, fancy rocks for keeping whiskey cold and oh so much golf memorabilia. You get the idea. But what if your dad doesn't drink... and doesn't LOVE golf (even if he plays it)?! Here are three unique gift ideas for YOUR dad.

A Custom Family Tree Print

Honor your father by showing your appreciation for your heritage and his with a genealogy chart that is both dignified, masculine and modern, for display in the living room, bedroom or even his man cave (if he has one!) It only takes a few minutes to create a print-ready custom chart once you choose a template (although you may find yourself wanting to spend more time since you're having so much fun!), so even if you're a college student during finals week you'll be able to pull this "handmade" gift off with ease!

Want a peek at some of our most masculine templates? Ready to choose your own template and get started?

Uncommon Goods

You will have to sort through the custom beer steins to find the true gems, but I promise they're there. In the last year my dad's been gifted this incredibly cool pistachio tray (he LOVES pistachios!) by my younger brother and this fantastically chic eye-glass holder for his reading glasses by Kesler and I. Disclaimer: You may want to include a note explaining what the eye-glass holder is if you're not there to give it in person, otherwise it looks like you're just giving a ginormous statue of a wooden nose. Visit Uncommon Goods here.

pistachio tray

Image credit: uncommongoods.com

Your Own Book

Don't panic at this suggestion--really. Over the summer one of my brother-in-laws brought a book he'd self-published (just one copy I believe) as the culmination of a personal project he'd been working on. It was so cool to watch the finished book be passed around. A couple different sites make this pretty easy to do--he used Blurb.com but you can also check out CreateSpace.com as well! What kind of book should you create? The world's your oyster! Some ideas include a collection of inspiring quotes from his favorite role models, a collection of your own memories of you dad throughout your childhood or recently, or an appendix type book containing images or text from articles he's been cited in. Along the same vein, if your dad is getting ready to write his own personal history, consider a coupon (ahh, the fabled coupon!) to help him type up his journals as a starting point if he'd like.

journal

What is your favorite gift you've ever given your dad?

 

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