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Real Customer Question: Some charts have birth-death years and other don't. Do only certain templates display those dates?

Real Customer Question: Some charts have birth-death years and other don't. Do only certain templates display those dates?

We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when you ask us questions because we want to be sure you know exactly how to create a family tree that's perfect for your family. We figure if one person has a question, other's probably do too so we like to share our fleshed out answers with everyone in the hopes this may help someone in the future. Today's real customer question is:

Q: Some charts have birth-death years and others don't. Do only certain templates display those dates?

A: Nope! 

You can display dates for any generation on any chart you'd like. Here's a little tutorial on how to do that, but the short version is once you've chosen your template and are editing it in, you'll want to click Advanced > Generation > Choose an option "W/ Date" from the "Information Displayed" drop-down.

Do you have any other lingering questions? Feel free to browse our tutorials, or shoot us an email to support@familytreeprints.com, and we'd love to help you out!

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Real Customer Question: Once I have bought a template, is it mine to reuse? If I do another family chart, do I pay a fee again?

Real Customer Question: Once I have bought a template, is it mine to reuse? If I do another family chart, do I pay a fee again?

We've all been in that class where we all had the same question, but all sat there waiting for the soul brave enough to raise their hand and ask. That's why whenever someone asks us a fabulous question, we want everyone to benefit from hearing the answer... thus our Real Customer Question series! Today's question is...

Q: Once I have bought a template, is it mine to reuse? If I do another family chart, do I pay a fee again?

A: Great question!

You can print each high-resolution file you create (with the same names) as many times as you want, but if you want to change the names you'll need to check out again. :) (Note: If you accidentally made an error with your chart (e.g., typo, name cut off, etc.) just shoot us an email, and we'll get an updated high-resolution file sent to you!)

 

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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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Real Customer Question: Can any of the colors be slightly altered in the charts?

Real Customer Question: Can any of the colors be slightly altered in the charts?

We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when you ask us questions because we want to be sure you know exactly how to create a family tree that's perfect for your family. We figure if one person has a question, other's probably do too so we like to share our fleshed out answers with everyone in the hopes this may help someone in the future. Today's real customer question is:

Q: Can any of the colors be slightly altered in the charts? 

A: Short answer, Yes!

You have ultimate control over each and every color in your family tree chart. We have several tutorials about colors that will give you very specific details, but the gist is that you can easily explore all of the pre-create color palettes available in our family tree maker ("Advanced" tab > "Palette" tab) or change the colors for segment individually to any color in the world. You can also change the line color, text color, and band color!

 how to change your chart colors      how to change text color 

Here's a break down of with what granularity you can change colors.

On a chart-wide basis:

  • Color palette (aka to a new pre-defined color palette)
  • Line color

On a generation-by-generation basis:
(This means that these parameters must be the same within any given generation, but can be different for each different generation. You can update a full generation at once.)

  • Band color
  • Text color

On a cell-by-cell basis:

  • Individual background color

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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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Real Customer Question: I'm interested in purchasing some of your templates now, but I don't have all my family information gathered yet. Is it possible to purchase now?

Real Customer Question: I'm interested in purchasing some of your templates now, but I don't have all my family information gathered yet. Is it possible to purchase now?

We LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing your gorgeous genealogy charts come to life exactly how you'd like them to, so we really appreciate when you ask us questions! Since we figure =, if one person has a question, other people probably do, we like to share great questions here on our blog. Today's real customer question is:

Q: I'm interested in purchasing some of your templates now, but I don't have all my family information gathered yet. Is it possible to purchase now and then fill in as I go, or do I have to have all the information ready to go at the time of purchase?

A: The short answer is, in general, you want to have all the information ready to go at the time of purchase, because payment happens only once you're ready to check out with a completed chart, but there is a workaround.

If you want to purchase immediately, but don't have all of your genealogy compiled (for example if you have a coupon code you want to use!), we'd recommend purchasing a gift card that you can then use later to check out with your actual chart.

A note related to creating your chart all in one sitting versus coming back to it later. It's currently not possible to "Save" your work and come back to it, although your current version is always stored in your local computer memory until your browser cookies are cleared, so it's likely that if you start a chart and close your window to come back to it later, you'll be able to pick up exactly where you left off by going directly to app.familytreeprints.com. (It's important that you do not go back to your chart by clicking on a template from our website or all the design parameters will be reset.)

Have any lingering questions? Email us at hello@familytreeprints.com!

Ready to get started? Choose a starting template or purchase a gift card now!

 

 

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Real Customer Question: I'm adopted and have a relationship with both my birth parents and my adoptive parents. How will a chart work for me?

Real Customer Question: I'm adopted and have a relationship with both my birth parents and my adoptive parents. How will a chart work for me?

Special family circumstances can make creating a family tree a little less straightforward, so since we spend a LOT of time thinking about family trees we're more than happy to help you brainstorm the perfect way to create a family tree print that meets your families needs. Here's a real customer question we received about a unique family circumstance.

Q: I'm adopted and have a relationship with both my birth parents and my adoptive parents. How will a chart work for me?

A: How amazing that you have relationships with both your birth parents and your adoptive parents! The short answer is... use multiple charts! :)

Clearly, you can get as creative as you want, but here are a couple options we thought might look lovely. 

Option 1: The mega-combo chart.

By completely hiding the second generation, you could place yourself at the center and then have four parents in the very next generation. Here's a little video tutorial that shows you how to hide a generation in this scenario.

 

 

 From there, you'll just need to add the names for each line in manually, and voila!

adoptive and birth families in one chart

Option 2: Create one chart for your birth parents and another for your adoptive parents.

Then you could either use an external program such as Adobe Photoshop, Sketch or Figma to merge the two charts into one JPG you can print, or hang the charts separately side by side in matching frames. Either would look fantastic!

Do you have special family circumstances you need some help coming up with a creative solution for? Check out our other posts about special circumstances or shoot us an email to hello@familytreeprints.com!

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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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Real Customer Question: I Love What You Do, But My Family History Isn't Very Complete: How Does It Work For People Like Me?

Real Customer Question: I Love What You Do, But My Family History Isn't Very Complete: How Does It Work For People Like Me?

We figure if one person has a question, others probably do too, and we want to help you know how to make a family tree...specifically how to make YOUR family tree! Today's real customer question is:

Q: I love what you do, but my family history isn't very complete. How does it work for people like me?

A: The short answer is, the same. You'll just want to choose the right template to make it look fantastic!

Each family history has its own unique challenges. I have a cousin whose genealogy on one line stops with her Greek grandmother on one side, who although living does not know her parents' names. My cousin's family took a trip to Greece this summer to see what they could learn from local records and still... nothing. So the question is... does an incomplete genealogy change how you make a genealogy wall chart? It depends.

It's true that the gorgeously symmetrical fan chart going back 10 generations is impressive and beautiful, but there are lots of ways to represent your unique genealogy in a beautiful way that pays tribute to your ancestors and looks great hanging up.

black genealogy wall chart

If you're a lover of all things symmetric, try decreasing the number of generations displayed in your chart. Just because you have 10 generations for one line, doesn't mean you have to display them all on your wall. Choosing a bold and interesting template can make a 3 or four generation chart look super cool, and adding a text decal adds another layer of interest.

As an addendum to that, if you have several lines stretching to infinity, but others that are shorter, you can create a smaller (3-5 generation chart), as well as several other smaller charts for specific lines you'd like to feature. (Using our FamilySearch import it's super easy to put ANYONE at the center of your chart, so this is easy peasy!)

white circle family tree template

Another option is to embrace the complexity and lopsidedness of your chart! One template that lends itself really well to this is our White Simplicity Template... no lines, no background color... just names. It's gorgeous, classic, classy and modern. One of my personal favorite templates of all time. This can look really cool in a fan shape, or in a circle shape. For any template, when working with a "lopsided" genealogy, removing the lines or making them extra pronounced can help with the artistry.

bold family tree template

The long and the short of it is... play around. Something unique will look best with your genealogy. With this chart, I ended up choosing a VERY bold template and leaving an entire extra generation blank to act as a sort of frame for the chart. It looks really cool and bright with the extra thick white lines, and it looked absolutely HORRID with a one-pixel line. So play with it, and you'll discover a chart as unique as your own genealogy.

Want to go right into our family tree maker app to experiment? Go for it!

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Breaking It Down: How To Fill In A Blank Family Tree

Breaking It Down: How To Fill In A Blank Family Tree

"Let's start at the very beginning, the very best place to start. When you read you begin with A, B, C, when you sing you begin with Do, Re, Mi." - The Sound of Music

What is "the very beginning" when talking about how to make a family tree? It's your ancestors, and where they fit within the chart! So who goes where?! You can see an example of a generic family tree filled in above with you at the center. There are some basic guiding principles that make it easy to fill in a pedigree chart regardless of who you'd like to put at the center

Note: This is all taken care of for you automatically if you import via FamilySearch or GEDCOM file.

You can see an example of a generic family tree filled in above with you at the center. Here's an example for you if you're married (with or without children--without children, you can just put an & or "The Smiths" at the center, or hide it completely). There are some basic guiding principles that make it easy to fill in a pedigree chart regardless of who you'd like to put at the center.

example of family tree

example of family tree

It turns out, that you don't actually need a precise how-to guide for each and every scenario, however, if you follow these three basic guiding principles:

  1. Start from the center. It gets REALLY confusing if you start with the great-grandpa and try to work inward. (We do not support descendancy charts, only ancestry charts!) To start with, choose who you'd like to be the center of your pedigree chart and put their name there.
  2. By convention, men are on the left (or the top in a circular chart!) This doesn't matter for the center of your chart, but it will for every other generation, so keep it in mind as we move to guiding principle #3.
  3. The next step out is always the previous generations' parents. Work out from the center, putting the father of the previous cell in the left spot, and the mother of the previous cell in the right spot.

Want it broken down a little further? Our Etsy listings offer the option of filling out your genealogy in this step-by-step Excel sheet and having us move your names to the actual chart for you. The Excel sheet also includes these great reference charts to show you where you are on the chart itself.

fill in the blank family history chart fan

fill in the blank family history chart circle

Ready to get started? The next step is to choose your starting family tree template!

 

 

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