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A Guide to Printing Circle Family Tree Charts At Costco

A Guide to Printing Circle Family Tree Charts At Costco

Printing a fan chart with Costco should be easy peasy and work exactly as you imagine it will--upload your photo, pick your size, choose landscape and wiggle it around to make sure your margins look good if necessary. Printing a circle chart with Costco is a completely different beast altogether. In fact, you can't use your file downloaded directly from Family Tree Prints to do it (unless you want a teeny tiny little circle) because of the way Costco's online cropper works, but don't worry, we can help you!

If you upload your square file to do a Costco print online, it will cut off the edges of your circle, like this.

costco family tree circle print

The first time I personally tried to print at Costco, I looked EVERYWHERE for a "Fit to Canvas" type of setting... but nothing. It would cut off the sides no matter what I tried. But don't panic. Just shoot us an email (hello@familytreeprints.com) with the email address you checked out under and the size you're looking to print and we'll manually reformat it for you so that it fits perfectly, as shown below.

costco family tree circle chart fits

One thing to note before doing it yourself (which, in general, we're huge fans of!) is that a lot of image manipulation software automatically decreases the resolution on really high-resolution files (like our Family Tree Prints!) without telling you. This will cause your final chart to be blurry, which no one wants. A good rule of thumb is to ensure at the end that you have AT LEAST 300 px per inch. 

For example, if you want to print a 20" x 30" poster, you'll need to make sure that the image you upload to Costco is at least 6000 x 9000 px (more is even better!) On a Mac, you can check this by right-clicking on the image in your Finder window, and choosing "Get Info".

checking high resolution

The "Dimensions" will tell you the pixel dimensions of your image. Divide each number by 300 and you'll know the maximum size you can print!

checking high resolution step 2

As far as which image manipulation software to use... we use Sketch. It doesn't automatically shrink your file size, which is a major win! All this computer talk making your head hurt? Want us to just take care of it for you? Perfect! Send us an email to hello@familytreeprints.com with the email you checked out under and the size you'd like to print!

Haven't created your chart yet? Get started by choosing one of our fabulous starting templates here.

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Family Tree Maker: How To Add Names To The Center of Your Chart

Family Tree Maker: How To Add Names To The Center of Your Chart

If you're looking to add names to the center of your chart, this tutorial is for you!

Basically, once you're in our family tree maker, you'll want to make sure you're on the main "Chart" tab in the left sidebar. From there, just type the name(s) you'd like at the center of your chart in the "Name:____" field.

Most likely each part of the name (as determined by spaces) will be placed on its own separate line.

If you'd like the full name to be on the same line:

1. Click on the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker.

2. Click on the "Generation" tab within the Advanced settings.

3. From here, just select "1st Generation" from the "Selected Generation" drop-down or click on the center generation in the chart itself.

4. Select Horizontal Straight from the "Information Displayed" drop-down.

To you'd like for the name to be split between lines, but not take up quite as many lines, on the main "Chart" tab where you've typed your name in, put a # rather than a space between the parts of the name you'd like to remain on the same line.

This video tutorial walks you through what that looks like.

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Family Tree Maker: How To Use Two FamilySearch Accounts To Create One Family Tree Chart

Family Tree Maker: How To Use Two FamilySearch Accounts To Create One Family Tree Chart

Whether you're a couple that hasn't synced your accounts in FamilySearch, have a complex family makeup due to divorce, adoption, remarriage, etc., or are just looking to get creative with your family tree chart for a variety of reasons, this two-step import process will allow you to create one family tree chart using genealogy from two separate FamilySearch accounts. Here's how to do it. 

 

 

 

1) Click "Import Family Names" in the top right-hand corner of the family tree maker app, or click "Import Names" in the left sidebar menu. Either will open the "Import Names" sidebar panel.

import names from FamilySearch using family tree maker

2) From here, click "Sign in to FamilySearch", and then enter the credentials for the first account you'd like to use. Once the credentials are authenticated, it will bring you back to our family tree maker app.

import names using FamilySearch in family tree maker

3) In a separate window, navigate to FamilySearch.org and sign in using the same credentials you just used. Find the FamilySearch ID for the person you would like to act as the "Father" or "Mother" in your Family Tree Prints chart.

log in to FamilySearch

4) Copy that ID and paste it on the appropriate line for either "Father" or "Mother" under "Option C) Provide Father and Mother IDs". This will fill in either the left- or right-hand side of your chart (leaving the center circle blank).

fill in family tree chart as you go

5) Delete the alphanumeric code you just used for either the father or the mother.  (This is important, otherwise when you do the next set it will delete all the data you'd already pulled in previously!) Click "Sign Out" at the bottom of the "Import Names" sidebar panel. DO NOT CLICK "Clear All Cell Data" (unless, of course, that's what you're hoping to accomplish). 

6) Repeat steps 2-4 for the second account to fill in the missing "Father" or "Mother" line.

Voila! You have a gorgeous family tree chart made with genealogy from 2 FamilySearch accounts.

 

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Family Tree Maker: How To Add An Ampersand To The Center Of Your Chart

Family Tree Maker: How To Add An Ampersand To The Center Of Your Chart

The most common shape that you'll want to add an ampersand (&) to the center of is the 360 Degree Horizontal circle. We have a little video tutorial below to show you exactly how to do this, but here is the rough idea:

1) Click on the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar, then the "Generation" tab.

2) Select "1st Generation" from the drop-down menu. (Currently the first generation is hidden and the second generation is the first one that's visible, otherwise, you would be able to select the generation you'd like by click on that generation in the chart itself.)

3) Click on the "Individual" tab within the advanced settings and type & in the "Name:" field.

4) To increase the size of your ampersand, click back out to the main "Chart" tab (not in the advanced settings) and slide the "Generation Font Size" slider to the desired location.

 

 

We hope that this little tutorial helps you know how to create a family tree that's perfect for your family!

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Family Tree Maker: How To Make A Family Tree With Dates For Each Ancestor

Family Tree Maker: How To Make A Family Tree With Dates For Each Ancestor

If you're looking to have birth and death dates listed for each of your ancestors, here's a tutorial to show you how to make a family tree with date ranges shown throughout your family tree using our family tree maker app!

1. Click the "Advanced" tab in the left side-bar.

2. Click the "Generation" tab within the Advanced settings.

3. Select the generation to which you'd like to add dates. You can do this either by clicking on the generation within the chart itself, or by selecting the generation from the "Selected Generation" drop-down.

4. Still within the "Generation" tab, select an option "w/ date" from the "Information Displayed" drop-down: Horizontal w/ Date, Vertical w/ Date or Vertical w/ Inline Date. You can experiment to see which looks best.

Here's a video tutorial demonstrating how to make a family tree with all dates showing that explains some clever things you can do to help all your information fit once you've adding dates including adjusting text offset, adjusting individual generation radius, and splitting names onto multiple lines.

 

 

For more information on date formats, view this tutorial: How To Change Date Format

For more information on how to make long names fit, view this tutorial: Long Names

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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Who Is At The Center Of Your Pedigree Chart Using Our FamilySearch Integration

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Who Is At The Center Of Your Pedigree Chart Using Our FamilySearch Integration

It's easy to make a pedigree chart for anyone who shares your genealogy, be that a child, spouse, parent, grandparent or unmarried sibling. Here's quick tutorial on how to do just that.

1) Click Import Family Names in the top right corner of the window, or click Import Names in the left sidebar. Either will open the Import sidebar panel.

2) Click "Sign in to FamilySearch", which will take you to a separate login window on FamilySearch.org and then redirect you back to Family Tree Prints once your credentials have been authenticated. 

Then, if you want to make a pedigree chart...

FOR YOUR CHILD

Simply click the "Child of [Your Name]" from the drop-down menu under "Option A) Select first generation". You'll need to add your child's/children's name(s) manually by clicking on the center circle and typing in their name(s) using the main "Chart" panel (available from the left sidebar).

FOR YOUR SPOUSE

Simply click "[Your Spouse Name]" from the drop-down menu under "Option A) Select first generation".

FOR YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE TOGETHER

Simply click the "Child of [Your Name]" from the drop-down menu under "Option A) Select first generation", even if you have no children. Simply leave the center circle blank, or try adding an ampersand (&), plus sign (+) or a large capital letter from your last initial. To remove the color from the center circle, simply click on it and then choose "Advanced" > "Color"> Click on the "Background Color" swatch with "Individual" selected from the drop-down menu and change it to white.

FOR YOUR PARENTS

Simply click "[Your Name]" from the from the drop-down menu under "Option A) Select first generation". You can either add all your siblings names in the center circle (similar to how you would add a child's name as discussed above in the "For your child" section) or try one of the techniques described in the "For You and Your Spouse Together" section).

FOR YOUR GRANDPARENTS

Head on over to your FamilySearch account on FamilySearch.org and find the 7 digit alphanumeric FamilySeach ID for your mom or dad (if you want both your grandparents to be included in the chart) or for your grandparent (if you want them to be at the very center of the chart without their spouse).  Copy and paste this code on the line provided under "Option B) Provide a Person ID". More details on this can be found here.

And voila! Now you can make charts for everyone in your family with a few clicks of a button. You better believe that's what I did today. #MerryChristmasEveryone!

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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Font Color

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Font Color

We've got a little tutorial here for you on how to change font color in our family tree maker app. The good news is, it's easy! In a nutshell, you want to:

1) Click on the "Advanced" tab in the left side bar of the family tree maker app. This will automatically drop you onto the "Individual" tab, where you can click on the color swatch directly beneath the heading "Text Color".

modify the text color in your pedigree chart advanced tab

2) Alternatively, you can click on the "Color" tab in the Advanced Setting, where you can modify all the colors associated with your chart in one place. To change the text color, simply click the color swatch directly beneath the heading "Text Color".

how to make a family tree a different color text

3) A color picker will pop up, from which you can choose any of the palette colors for your current chart from the swatches, or any other you would like.

changing the text color of your pedigree chart

For more tutorials on how to make a family tree, visit our Tutorial Help Center so you can create the perfect pedigree chart!

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How To Add Your Spouse's Family To Your FamilySearch Account

How To Add Your Spouse's Family To Your FamilySearch Account

If you've attempted to import your genealogy from FamilySearch but your spouse's genealogy didn't get pulled in, chances are you'll need to link to your spouse's genealogy in FamilySearch first, then try re-importing. Here's how to do that.

1. Go to FamilySearch.org and log in. Then click on Family Tree at the top of the screen, then Tree at the left-hand side of the screen, and then choose Landscape from the drop-down menu indicated. Your view should look something like this. Click "Add Husband" (or "Add Wife" if you're the husband).

FamilySearch how to add a spouse step 1

2. This will pop up the "Add Spouse" window. Fill our your spouse's information and click "Next". Note that since your spouse is living, anything you add for them here is merely a placeholder card and will not be visible to anyone outside of your FamilySearch account.

FamilySearch link to husband's genealogy step 2

3. After clicking "Next," FamilySearch will show you a pop-up asking you to confirm that the information you have entered is correct. If it is, click "Create Person".

FamilySearch see wife's genealogy step 3

4. This will take you back to your tree view, where you can see you now have a spouse. Repeat this same process for all living ancestors of your spouse. Most likely you'll need to add at least their parents, and possibly their grandparents). To add your spouse's parents, simply click the "Add Husband" and then "Add Wife" cells that have appeared, and fill out their information as before. Once you've added your spouse's parents, similar "Add Husband and "Add Wife" options will appear for their grandparents and so on.

how to add connect to spouse in FamilySearch step 4

5. When you're ready to add a deceased ancestor--let's say your spouse's father is deceased--after clicking "Add Husband", toggle over from "By Name" at the top of the pop-up to "By ID Number". Then use your spouse's FamilySearch account, find the 7 alphanumeric ID Number associated with that ancestor. Enter it, and click "Next".

add husband's genealogy in FamilySearch step 5

6. This will pull up a window with possible matches found in the FamilySearch system. Select the one you believe to be correct by clicking "Add Match".

how to connect to wife's genealogy in FamilySearch step 6

7. As soon as you've matched a deceased ancestor, FamilySearch will automatically pull in all linked ancestors of that deceased ancestor, completing your chart for that line. Repeat with any remaining lines until you've reached the first deceased ancestor in that line and matched them with a FamilySearch record.

joining husband and wife's genealogy in FamilySearch step 7

Have lingering questions? Comment below or email hello@familytreeprints.com

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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Line Width

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Line Width

It's amazing what a dramatic difference little design changes can have on the overall appearance of your chart. One little tweak you can make that makes a world of difference is changing the line width (or getting rid of it altogether)! Here's how.

1. Click on the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker app.

family tree maker app advanced tab

2. Click on the "Chart" tab within the Advanced settings.

family tree maker app chart tab

3. Within the "Chart" tab of the advanced settings, slide the "Line Width" slider to your desired thickness.

family tree maker app change line width

It doesn't get much simpler than that and it makes a HUGE difference to the look and feel of the chart! Need some more advice on how to make your family tree? Visit our Tutorial Help Center!

 

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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Generation Width On Pedigree Chart

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Generation Width On Pedigree Chart

If you're looking to make a specific cell or full generation larger, you'll need to modify the whole generation at once. The good news is its easy peasy to do it. Here's how!

One way to modify the width of a generation (which you'll most often want to do to help longer names fit!) is using the slider on the "Chart" tab in the left side bar of the family tree maker.

how to make a family tree generation wider

Simply click on the generation whose width you would like to change in your chart...

modifying the generation width of a pedigree chart

... and then click and drag the "Generation Width" slider to your desired size.

step 3 of how to make a family tree generation bigger

As an alternative, you can click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker app, then click the "Generations" tab within the advanced settings. From here you can either click on the generation whose width you would like to alter as described above, or choose the generation you'd like to modify from the drop-down menu, and then slide the "Radius" slider bar. 

changing the generation width of a pedigree step 4

 

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