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That Wasn't Me, I Was Framed!

That Wasn't Me, I Was Framed!

Just like how what you wear affects how you look, how you frame a Family Tree Print is an important part of its presentation. Finding a good frame is hard.  If you want something plain you can just go to Michael's or Ikea, but if you want something unique it will cost you time and money. In an effort to save you both, we at Family Tree Prints have looked around to find some of the best frames at each price point; take a look!

12x12

Good - Vintage Gold Picture Frame $21.68 USD

Better - Fractal Burn Picture Frame $36.15 USD

Best - Chic Black Picture Frame $67.14 USD

24x24

Good - Black Contemporary Frame $24.26 USD

Better - Solid Wood Country Brown Picture Frame $37.18 USD

Best - Modern Stainless Silver Picture Frame $70.23 USD

36x24

Good - Wood Grain Picture Frame $36.74 USD

Better - Barnwood Ornate Rustic Off-White Picture Frame $48.78 USD

Best - Floating Acrylic Frame $74.95 USD

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Real Customer Question: Is there a size you would recommend printing the circle charts on? Of course, too small and the writing will be impossible to read, but I don’t want to go too big either. Perhaps you have a minimum recommended print size?

Real Customer Question: Is there a size you would recommend printing the circle charts on? Of course, too small and the writing will be impossible to read, but I don’t want to go too big either. Perhaps you have a minimum recommended print size?

Seeing your gorgeous family tree charts hanging up in your homes and hearing your stories about the sweet conversations they've sparked with your children, families, and friends are the best parts of Family Tree Prints for us! We want to help you create a family tree chart you're happy with, so we love when you ask us questions along the way. Since we know multiple people may have the same question, we like to answer great questions we get in detail here on the blog to benefit you all! Today's real customer question of the day is:

Q: Is there a size you would recommend printing the circle charts on? Of course, too small and the writing will be impossible to read, but I don’t want to go too big either. Perhaps you have a minimum recommended print size?

A: Yes! We've been printing charts for family and friends and polling our other customers to create a set of more comprehensive printing guidelines, and those recommendations are reflected here on our printing suggestions page

This page is a living document, and we'll continue to update it as we discover cool new places and ways to print your charts! As we polled our customers who have already printed family history charts and printed our own, we've seen some patterns emerge for where and what size to print, as well as outliers printed much larger or smaller than "recommended" that have turned out gorgeous, so we hate to limit you if you have a vision but do think it's valuable to have some general guidelines to center you.

Circle Charts:

 - 6 generations: 12” x 12”

 - 8 generations: 20” x 20”

To give you a sense of range, real-life sizes our customers have printed their 6 generation circle charts and loved them include 11” x 14”, 12” x 12”, 18" x 18" and 20” x 20”. When printing a pedigree chart smaller than the recommended size, however, you'll really want to be careful and watch the font size and contrast level. There's some common sense involved here. A light blue ombre chart with white size 4 font will likely be illegible printed 8" x 10", but a white chart with navy blue font size 12 may be just fine!

Fan Charts:

 - 6 generations: 16” x 20”

Real-life sizes our customers have also printed 11” x 14” and been happy--just watch your font sizes and contrast!

 - 8 generations: 20” x 30”

Themed Shape Charts:

These charts are limited to 4-5 generations, and 11” x 14” tends to be a good size for these. You can also get away with 8” x 10” or smaller... again, just watch the font sizes!

For other printing recommendations including what material to print on (PLEASE, no canvas!), where to print, and what happens if you modify your file in an external program view our printing suggestions!

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My Favorite 5 Songs About Home and Family

My Favorite 5 Songs About Home and Family

Music. It's a form of art like painting or sculpture, except it is auditory instead of visual. Music plays a big part of my day-to-day life. I am almost always listening to something. Often, whatever music I am listening to is a reflection of how I feel. If I am thinking about my girl, I'll listen to love songs. If I am about to work out, I'll listen to rap to pump me up. If I am sad, I will listen to old Blues music...and so on and so forth. When I am homesick, or just thinking about my family, here some of the songs I like to listen to.

"Family Business (Album Version)" by Kanye West

"Family Business" was released as the 20th track on Kanye West's debut studio album, The College Dropout, on February 10, 2004. It discusses the peculiarities of his family and community, but his love for them nonetheless. The album The College Dropout is considered one of the best albums of all time, it won the Grammy award for "Best Rap Album," and has sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

"Daughters" by John Mayer

"Daughters" was released as the 8th track of John Mayer's 2003 album, Heavier Things. It was also released several times as a single. The song urges fathers and mothers to care for and set good examples for their children. It won the Grammy award for "Song of the Year". It has sold over 1 million copies in the US alone.

"Homeward Bound" by Simon & Garfunkel

"Homeward Bound" was released as the 4th track on the duo's third album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme and also as a single on January 19, 1966. It expresses that in the busy lives of the artists, their hearts and minds are still on home. 

"Back In The U.S.S.R." by The Beatles

"Back In The U.S.S.R." was released as the 1st track on The Beatles (the "White Album") by The Beatles in 1968. The song describes the happiness the singer has at returning home. The "White Album" is one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time, going 19 times platinum. 

"Carolina In My Mind" by James Taylor

"Carolina In My Mind" was released as the 7th track on James Taylor's self-titled debut album. It was written by Taylor while he was recording for Apple records in England, and it describes his homesickness. Although the song did not achieve great commercial success it is a quintessential all-American song.

Music makes us feel because lyrics and tunes are tied to memories and the memories we have involving our families are often the most cherished. Another great way to remind yourself of those cherished memories is by creating your very own Family Tree Print. At FamilyTreePrints.com you can create and customize a print to meet your exact specifications, so that even when you get old enough that you can't hear, you'll have something you can see, to remind you of the joy you find in family.

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The Word We Haven't Talked About Much

The Word We Haven't Talked About Much

Now, as you well know, we are Family Tree Prints. And we have talked a lot about family trees, genealogy, and family history. To switch things up, today we are going to talk about the last 1/3 of our name, "prints." Specifically, we are going to explore the history of printing. 

Woodblock printing (200 A.D.) - this primitive form of printing, also known as xylography, was developed in China and used widely throughout Asia. The woodblock is carved with the desired relief pattern, and then ink is applied to the block and the block is pressed evenly and firmly against paper of fabric. It was the first method of printing on a paper medium. Other events around this time: The age of Mayan civilization began.

Movable type and the printing press (1041 A.D. ~ 1450 A.D.) - also developed in China, this form of printing was revolutionary. In this method, individual letters or symbols are carved onto tiny little blocks, making "movable type." These little blocks are then arranged into words, sentences, paragraphs, and pages. Ink is then applied, and the arrangement is pressed firmly and evenly on a piece of paper. This process and invention allowed even the common man to have access to literature. Other events around this time: The first crusades began.

Xerography and computerized printing (1960) - our current methods of printing, both laser and inkjet printing, were developed relatively recently. Laser printing produces text and graphics by "repeatedly passing a laser back and forth over a negatively charged cylinder called a drum, to define a differentially charged image. The drum then selectively collects electrically charged powdered ink and transfers the image to paper, which is then heated in order to permanently fuse the text and/or imagery." Inkjet printing uses a process that involves propelling tiny droplets of ink onto paper. We are all painfully aware of how different our world would be without these processes readily available. Other events around this time: The Civil Rights movement gained traction in the United States, and the Philadephia Eagles won the Superbowl.

Pretty neat, right? Technology has come a long way, and we are lucky to live in a day where it is so advanced and we have such ready access to it. So let's use it! Head to FamilyTreePrints.com and create and download your personal Family Tree Print, then take advantage of today's printing technology in any number of locations. We even have some suggestions about places that will fit your sizing, material, and cost needs.

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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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Where to Print Your Printable Genealogy Chart

Where to Print Your Printable Genealogy Chart

Our family tree maker app makes it easy to create a gorgeous custom family tree in the form of a high resolution, print-ready download in just minutes. Chances are, you'd then like to actually print it out and hang it up--good thing you have oodles of choices.

Local Printer or Big Box Store = Nice and Cost Effective

This is typically your cheapest option. In printing our own charts (we're still college graduate students!) we've headed to our local print shop or Costco and had them printed on poster paper. Here's a little run-down of sample pricing for you:

16x20 Poster 20x30 Poster
Costco $6.99 $9.99
Walmart $12.86 $18.86
Sam's Club $6.96 $9.96

Note: These prices reflect pricing on 9/28/2017.


What kind of paper is it printed on?

Costco/Walmart/Sam's Club also have other sizes available  and often offer add-ons such as mounting (usually printed on archival quality paper) and framing if you'd prefer not to do it yourself. Printing options such as canvas, metallic or acrylic printing are also available if you're interested in testing the boundaries of different media (price range ~$45-100), but we've found poster printing and framing works great. The biggest size all three of these offer is 20" x 30", which is plenty big for most people.

MPix = Higher Quality & More Options 

Mpix offers a variety of options, including poster, photograph finish, wood and metal prints, as well as a variety of framing options. Their basic photograph print is done on archival quality photo paper. We love the  framing options they have right there on their site so you can do everything at once!

 16x24  24x36  36x48 
Poster (Lightweight Poster Paper) $26.99 $28.99 $26.99
Photograph Paper $22.79 $57.59

 

Also, if you subscribe to their newsletter you can get some pretty decent discounts to bring down the price a bit.

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Artifact Uprising = Gallery Quality & Sizing Galore

If you're looking for a giclee print on archival fine art paper this is for you. We're also huge fans of the variety of sizes Artifact Uprising offers (including squares you don't have to cut down yourself!) and the fact that you can take care of framing all in one fell swoop if you so desire.

Size 16x20 24x36  40x30
Price $39 $68 $85

 

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Do you have somewhere you love to print? Tell us in the comments so that others can benefit from your expertise when they get their own printable genealogy chart?

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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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