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Unique Gifts For Family: Clever Ways To Make A Family Tree For A Loved One Without Having Their Same Genealogy

Unique Gifts For Family: Clever Ways To Make A Family Tree For A Loved One Without Having Their Same Genealogy

If you're looking to make a genealogy wall chart for your spouse, parents, in-laws, grandparents, or unmarried sibling or children you're in luck--populating their chart with their personal genealogy is effortless using our FamilySearch integration because it's your genealogy too. (This post is not for you, but if you need some more guidance check out this tutorial.

examples of family trees

On the other hand, if you're looking to create a genealogy wall chart for a friend, married sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, etc.... you're going to have to get creative. The easiest thing to do is to gift them a Family Tree Prints eGift card, so they can create their own genealogy wall chart exactly how they'd like to, but if you've got your heart set on creating their finished family tree for them (either because you know they'll never do it themselves or want to watch the expression of delight on their face when they unwrap the finished product) our recommendation to you is some combination of enlisting someone's help who knows their genealogy and a little old-fashioned password changing. 

Option 1: Easy. Preserves the surprise.

FamilySearch integration (recommended): If they're married, ask their spouse to sync with them in FamilySearch if they haven't already (tutorial on that here) and then give you their FamilySearch credentials--you'll need their username and password. In asking for their credentials, we'd recommend you ask them to change their password to something super generic (like "winter", "cupcake", etc.) for a set period of time (3 days, 1 week) so that you won't also be able to hack their email, bank account and everything else they're probably using the password for! If they aren't married, the same principle applies to asking one of their siblings, or parents for the same thing.

GEDCOM: If they have a GEDCOM of their genealogy, try getting this from a family member. Easy peasy.

Manual Entry: This is the true test of love and devotion (depending on how many generations you're looking to do--4 or 5 isn't too painful... more than that is a little). Ask a family member if they have any documentation of their genealogy (a picture of their own family tree, family group charts, etc.) you could have copies of and then just fill away!

Option 2: Easy. Surprise slightly ruined.

Tell your gift recipient what you're planning, and ask them for either their FamilySearch credentials (use the generic password hack we mentioned above!), a GEDCOM file or documentation you can use to enter the names manually!

Ready to get started? Choose a starting template now!

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