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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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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 On Your Wall?

What's On Your Wall?

We have all seen the CaptialOne commercials with Alec Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, and other A-List celebrities, which all end with the catchy phrase "What's in your wallet?" Although what is in your wallet is of significant interest to me, today I look to pose a different question, "What's on your wall?" The things we put on our walls say a lot about us. And no, I'm not talking about your Facebook wall, the things it says about you are another conversation entirely. I am talking about the walls of your home, apartment, or office. 

For example, if you have a photo of your family on your wall, you are telling people that your family is important to you. If you have a record framed on your wall, you are telling people that you like music, and perhaps a certain musical group in particular. If you have a poster of Justin Bieber on your wall you are clearly telling people that you have no shame. If you have a flag on your wall, you are showing people your nationalistic or regional pride. If you have an oil painting of yourself hung up in a prominent place in your home, no matter how tasteful, you might want to work a little on humility.

No matter who you are, you use your walls to tell people about yourself, or at least the version of you that you want people to see. I, for example, have posters of my favorite cars and actors (Mercedes-Benz 300SL and Sean Connery, respectively), the flag of my beloved Argentina, and a Family Tree Print on my wall. What does that tell you about me? First of all, that I have a love for fast European cars and aging British actors with taupes. Second, that I was a missionary in Argentina. Third, that I love my family and cherish my heritage.

What does having a Family Tree Print on your wall tell people about you? In my opinion, it makes you extremely cool, and that alone should be a reason to buy one. But in addition, it tells people that you understand where you came from and that you respect those who came before you; most of all, it tells people that you love your family. So go check out FamilyTreePrints.com today to make your custom Family Tree Print. It is our goal as a company to help you express your individuality, with our plentiful chart-customization opportunities, while at the same time helping you show (and remember) that your life is based on the heavenly foundation we all share, the family.

 

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Why Knowing Your Family History Is Important: You Need The Ingredients To Make The Recipe

Why Knowing Your Family History Is Important: You Need The Ingredients To Make The Recipe

For any of you who have cooked before, you understand that to end up with a certain dish, you have to add certain ingredients. You cannot use the ingredients to chocolate chip cookies and end up with a salad (at least not a salad by any nutritionist's definition). However, when you combine the ingredients to chocolate chip cookies in the proper form and fashion, the final product is a delicious treat (infinitely better than a salad of any kind).

In the creation of that final product, each ingredient brings its qualities to the table. In a similar vein, we are the wonderful final product of each ancestor that came before us. We are the warm chocolate chip cookie, and I think we can all think of an ancestor that was the salt. As we learn more about our family history, we learn about the ancestors from whom we gained some of our qualities.

For example, I am an athlete. I have played soccer for my whole life. Throughout my career, I participated in national final-four tournaments, won a State Championship, broke several state records, received All-American honors, and much else. Neither of my parents is particularly accomplished as athletes, so it must have come from somewhere right? 

After a little searching, I discovered that my great-grandfather was a two-sport athlete at the Division 1 level, as well as being a member of the rulemaking committee for what is now known as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). This was an exciting discovery for me, not only did I discover where my talents came from, but I also felt a deep connection with one of my ancestors. This bond gives me pride in my heritage and a confidence that I can succeed with my athletic talents at higher levels.

Although I might have missed the boat on inheriting the genius mind of my grandfather, I still see and recognize other aspects of my personality and character that I have in common with him and many others before him. This connection that I feel with my family, and the love I have for them for making me who I am, helps me appreciate my family history and want to share it with the whole world. If only there was a way...

Luckily for me, and you as well, there is a way! Go visit FamilyTreePrints.com right now and check out all our color and design options, so you can create and order the Family Tree Print that perfectly complements your style. Think of your Family Tree Print as the recipe that made you. And you are amazing, so that's a recipe worth sharing. 

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3 Reasons to Make Your Custom Family Tree Using Family Tree Prints

3 Reasons to Make Your Custom Family Tree Using Family Tree Prints

If you're aware of our founding story, you'll know that it all started when we wanted to make my mother-in-law a custom family tree. We did a lot of research to find the best way to do so. We found some online family tree chart makers, but wanted something cleaner and more modern looking than the traditional four color rainbow. Then we found LOTS of charts on Etsy (we won't lie, there are some gorgeous templates there) and ended up choosing a sophisticated white fan pdf template. That was great and all, until we spent literally 100+ hours filling out and perfectly formatting the chart using Photoshop. Manually adjusting every single text box to be on the perfect angle and flipping between tabs to navigate to and then copy and paste each name and associated date in a 8 generation chart... that's 256 names folks. Slightly tortuous. You can pay vendors on Etsy to do this for you, but doing so was WAY out of our price range, and you still have to submit an Excel form that they send you, which means you have to transfer your genealogy from wherever it currently resides (for us, FamilySearch) to their specific form by hand.  That being said, when we got to the end of the process, we had a GORGEOUS custom family tree. We were proud of it, my mother-in-law loved it... a resounding success by all accounts.

But when we realized Kesler's grandparents would probably also love a copy, but to move them to the center would require an additional 100 ish hours of reformatting we decided we'd rather spend 500+ hours building an awesome tool. Here are three reasons you should use it!

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SAVE YOURSELF TIME

Custom doesn't have to mean labor or time intensive. Save yourself those 100+ hours of formatting and manual labor and import up to 10 generations of genealogy in mere minutes (like less than 3, normally 30 seconds!) with our integration with FamilySearch or GEDCOM import. You can create your entire chart in three minutes! Now THAT is time saving. If you want to spend 100 hours on family history, now you can spend it learning stories or researching names.

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MATCH YOUR STYLE

Saving time doesn't matter at all if you don't love the final end product. We get that everyone has their own preferences when creating their own custom family tree, so we actually LET YOU CUSTOMIZE. Start from any of our templates (time saving!), but then change font, color palette, individual cell color, add a text decal, etc., etc., etc. Your chart should be as unique and individual as your family history and you should be able to use the same tool to create charts your ultra-traditional grandma, 5-year-old son, and hipster sister will love.

 

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HAVE FUN AND LOVE FAMILY HISTORY

The less stressful the experience, the more fun you have creating your chart. Once you've got your custom family tree hanging up, it can serve as a beautiful reminder of those who came before you, of your heritage and of the examples of strength and overcoming adversity you have in your past. Speaking from personal experience, that subtle and often subliminal reminder has an actual impact. There's even research on kids that proves it. 

We're here to help you create a gorgeous custom family tree that's completely wall worthy and won't break the bank, while saving you time and allowing to create exactly what you want in the process. Ready to get started? Choose a starting template at familytreeprints.com!

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