After learning more about Elizabeth Tudor, Queen Elizabeth I Tudor's aunt who died at the age of 3, we wanted to approach her pedigree chart from the perspective of her position as a child rather than as a princess. Choosing the animal she probably would have been most familiar with from hunting lore, we present a 5 generation pedigree chart made from our fox family tree template for children.
Note: Technically, this is a 6 generation pedigree chart, with the 1st generation hidden.
Learning more about Elizabeth was relatively easy, given the internet and her royal status which ensured that at least some number of accomplished historians would take an interest in learning about her and sharing their learnings with the world, but it gave me pause as I considered how close we can feel to our own ancestors as we invest the time in learning about them. Elizabeth's story had me empathizing with her parents who lost four children prematurely out of seven and trying to envision the complex relationships between parents and children with several layers of nurses/nannies between them for insulation. How much closer could I feel to my own family, whose names I find on my pedigree chart as I learn their unique stories?Continue reading