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Family Tree Charts and Family Tree Art

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Here are some ideas from RootsTech 2017 for family tree charts and family tree art. (This post will highlight the printable and custom family trees, not the many book options.)

 

I’m going to start with two I didn’t see at RootsTech, but they’re the cheapest options I’ve used, i.e. practically free. The ones that follow range from very affordable to custom and more pricey. Hope you enjoy!

 

TreeSeek

TreeSeek is a free website for creating printable family tree charts. TreeSeek uses the FamilySearch family tree so you’ll need to have a free account with FamilySearch and build your tree there to use this partner site. You’ll allow TreeSeek access to your FamilySearch tree, they’ll build the chart of your choice, then you’ll download the chart to your computer or a thumbdrive and print it at your expense. I’ve downloaded charts and then printed them at a local copy store and love them.

TreeSeek free printable family trees

 

 

FamilySearch Keepsakes

FamilySearch is the preeminent free family tree, free genealogy records website and offers a few free, downloadable family tree prints. You’ll need to build a free family tree at FamilySearch and allow them to pull your data into the tree. I’ve downloaded a couple of these trees and printed them at a local copy shop. The two I chose had three generations in the tree and I just threw the 8×10 print into a frame for an inexpensive family tree display.

FamilySearch keepsakes free family tree art

 

 

GenealogyWallCharts

GenealogyWallCharts is a website for affordable, though not free, printable family tree charts. GenealogyWallCharts currently only accepts family trees from FamilySearch, the free tree site, but follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates including other GEDCOM options in the future. Their site will pull ancestral data as well as pictures from FamilySearch trees into their charts. They have many print options and affordable pricing. They were running a hopping business at RootsTech 2017, printing thousands of charts and selling beautiful wood engravings as well. Caveat: I haven’t been able to get my FamilySearch tree to download but they have contact information on their site if you need help.

GenealogyWallCharts

 

 

Family Chartmasters

Family Chartmasters is a family tree chart printing company with multiple chart options including fill in the blank family wall charts. They had a very busy booth at RootsTech and for good reason; visit their Gallery for family tree chart options. Follow them on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube for updates and offers.

Family Chartmasters

 

 

MyCanvas

MyCanvas is a company owned by Alexanders Print Shop that specializes in printing family tree charts, family history books, calendars, and custom albums. MyCanvas uploads data from Ancestry.com trees. You can create a free tree at Ancestry if you want to purchase MyCanvas products. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and offers. I haven’t purchased any charts from MyCanvas but I have purchased a family history book populated with 4 generations of data and photos from my Ancestry.com family tree. I created it as a gift for my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday and it was a very high quality, bound book and was customizable in many ways. I would definitely order from MyCanvas again.

MyCanvas books and posters

 

 

Family Trees and Timelines

Family Trees and Timelines is a more artistic and expensive option done with calligraphy. “Our customized family tree is a unique fine art creation that a person or family can display in their home. Each family tree documents your family genealogy back four generations, or five generations if modifications are made to include the names and photo’s of children beneath the tree.  Ancestor names are hand written in copperplate calligraphy by Janet for every customized family tree, uploaded into Photoshop, and placed on the tree in the proper place.  All photos are restored and enhanced by Robert prior to being placed in the ovals on the tree.”

Family Trees and Timelines

 

Family Tree and Me

Family Tree and Me focuses on photographic family trees. “Our products are designed to showcase the family! They are attractive and eye-appealing! They make memorable keepsakes! They can be given as gifts! They’re great for family reunions! They are more than just art pieces– they are conversation pieces!” Follow them on Facebook for updates and special offers!

Family Tree and Me family tree charts art

 

 

Branches

Branches is a custom family tree chart business (owned by Matt and Carolynn Reynolds) that exhibited at RootsTech 2017. “We are a husband & wife team that have a passion for art, design & families. We design our products with the hope that they will bring families together & inspire others to seek after & appreciate their unique family histories.” Both Matt and Carolyn are graphic designers and have worked many aspects of the design trade, including custom fine art. “As a team, we hope to provide high-quality art pieces that our customers will treasure for their lifetime. …We started Branches with the sincere hope that we could spread our love for family and genealogy to people around the world!”

Branches Family tree art

 

 

Tapestree – Family Tree Art Displays

“Handcrafted from copper in O’Fallon, Mo, the Tapestree’s design allows each branch to safely and securely hold a variety of small ornaments and keepsakes. … From our photo frame charms used to create a unique family tree, to large hole Pandora style beads, crystals, jewelry, and other miniature collectibles, Tapestrees can be used to capture and showcase special memories and milestones throughout the years.” Follow them on Facebook for new products and special offers.

Tapestree Family Tree

 

Story2Ink

Okay, so this is not a family tree chart, but it definitely falls under family tree art in my book so I’m throwing it in. I love the idea of capturing family history through caricatures/art. So, if this is your thing, follow their blog and check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Story2Ink
 

And one that was not at RootsTech:

 

AsynjaArt in Sweden

AsynjaArt “is a family tree art company based in Sweden owned by Anna Edin. “The niche I have chosen is to paint personal family tree.” “There are large original hand-painted in tuschlavyr, watercolor or acrylic, pre-printed trees to fill in yourself or maybe a tree on the wall?”

“The technique I mostly use my paintings are a combination of tuschlavyr and watercolor. It is a legacy of my mentor Rolf Lidberg but also inspired by other masters such as Carl Larsson, Elsa Beskow and Ilon Wikland. For larger paintings on the walls and I use acrylic paint as a medium.” Follow AsynjaArt on Facebook and Twitter for more offerings.

AsynjaArt Family Tree art

And one more that was not at RootsTech, but hey, this one’s great if you love DNA or if you haven’t researched and documented your tree but wish you had something to display.

 

Dot One in England

Dot One is a DNA genealogy company based in London that provides DNA testing and then uses your DNA results to code designs for personalized posters and textiles. Follow Dot One on Facebook and Twitter for the latest DNA product offerings.

DotOne DNA posters

 

I think family tree charts and art are a well-earned treat for those who explore their heritage. So after your investment in research, indulge, and display your passion!

March 2, 2017 |

Fee or Free – Online Family Trees

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Here’s a quick look at some Fee and Free Family Tree offerings. Online Family Trees-fee or free-OnGenealogy

Fee Family Trees and Limited-free Family Trees

MyHeritage

I have a premium family tree on MyHeritage and with their premium offering I have multiple separate trees (one I uploaded for my family, one I uploaded for my husband’s family, and one I uploaded for my cousin’s take on our shared ancestry). I love the Smart Matches (tree to tree matching of ancestors), Record Matches (tree to record matches of ancestors), Record Detective II matches (the hints they send when someone from one record you’ve sourced to an ancestor matches info on that ancestor from another source at MyHeritage), and the Book Matching (tree to book matches-they constantly search online books collections for you). I have hundreds of potential tree matches at MyHeritage and thousands of potential Records Matches. I also have DNA matches at MyHeritage.

Portrait Chart view MyHeritage’s tree only has the “ancestral view” which goes from the bottom (you or your children) upward through your ancestors and all their family. This allows you to see your direct line with all their siblings & spouses & children which is amazing, but sometimes more than you’re needing to see depending on what you’re researching.

Here’s the MyHeritage free family tree offering:

MyHeritage provides excellent free family tree products. On MyHeritage, you can:
� Create a free family tree
� Print a free family tree chart
� Perform a free family tree search
� Use it as a blank family tree, family tree template, or free printable family tree chart
� Learn how to make a family tree online

My understanding is a free family tree limits you to 250 people in your tree, so choose them wisely! If you’re considering getting an account at a fee site, I’d absolutely recommend trying them out first with their free offerings.

Ancestry

I have a premium family tree at Ancestry and I’ve also created a free account. With my premium account I like the leaf hints I get from Ancestry that match my ancestors to other trees and records. Ancestry has great US records and some Canadian records I love. As with MyHeritage, I have multiple trees at Ancestry.com. I have hundreds of potential tree matches at Ancestry and thousands of potential Records Matches at Ancestry. I haven’t submitted my AncestryDNA test yet, but I have one and I’m sure I’ll get some matches here too. With my free account I can build a tree and I really  like the tree-building set-up but in order to see any matches to records or matches to trees I have to sign up for a trial account with a credit card. If you’d like to use Ancestry for just the ability to create a free tree online-it’s great!

Pedigree chart viewPortrait Chart viewI like Ancestry’s option to look at my family tree as a pedigree chart (left to right) or an ancestral chart (bottom to top). I usually choose to look at the pedigree chart when I’m focused on my direct-line ancestors and the ancestral chart when I’m working on siblings of ancestors.

Here’s the Ancestry free family tree offering:

One name is all it takes to start your family tree. But the more you add, the better we can help you—every name is another piece of the story. Look for the leaf. Very soon, leaves will begin to appear on your family tree—these are Ancestry Hints. And each one is a potential discovery. Follow the leaves and watch your family tree grow. Billions of records. Millions of fellow family history seekers. You could find an infamous relative. Or perhaps a photo of your great-grandma as a little girl. But whatever you find, it’s sure to change the whole way you look at your family history, and yourself. After all, the story of your family is the story of you.” The only thing I’d add is once you see the leaf and try to connect to records and other trees, you’ll have to start a trial subscription account. So it’s no longer “free”.

Again, if you’re considering getting an account at a fee site, I’d recommend trying them out first with their free offerings.

FindMyPast

I have a family tree at FindMyPast, and like MyHeritage and Ancestry, I use the premium product and it’s hard for me to assess the limitations of their “free” offerings. If you have a lot of British/Irish/Welsh ancestry FindMyPast is pretty amazing. FMP has more images of these original records than any other site. Finding your ancestor can be a pain because of naming patterns and they have to tighten the year range you’re searching to limit results, but it’s a very useful site, especially for this type of UK research and they also have offerings throughout the world, I just think they excel in the UK.

 Pedigree chart viewPortrait Chart viewFamily Group view FindMyPast allows you to view your tree with both the pedigree chart and ancestral chart (they call it the family view) and they show a family group limited to just one immediate couple with their parents.

Here’s the FindMyPast free family tree offering:

“Keep track of your family history discoveries with an online family tree. It’s free to use and you’ll be able to access your research from any computer or tablet with an internet connection.”  I’m sure as with other subscription sites, as you build a free family tree you’ll get offers to subscribe to a premium account for access to more services at FindMyPast. If you’re considering getting a subscription account at FindMyPast, I’d absolutely recommend trying them out first with their free offerings.

Geni

Geni is now owned by MyHeritage (as of 2012) and offers a free family tree service as well as a subscription service. I just built a free family tree on Geni up to the ancestor where I’ve hit a brick wall. It gives me a record match with another family tree at Geni that appears to have that same person but I’ll have to subscribe to their site ($119.40 US) for access to other members’ trees. Here’s the message I received: “Match profiles from other family trees to your tree instantly with a Geni Pro account. Start your 14-day free trial to merge duplicate profiles and add new branches to your family tree.” And even though they’re owned by MyHeritage, the owner of this tree doesn’t appear to have their tree on MyHeritage (where I could access it with my premium account) so I’ll have to decide how much I’m willing to pay to connect with this lead. If you’re using Geni just to have your own free tree online and not to have access to other people’s trees-I like their tree building capabilities. If you want to pay for a subscription they appear to have a set of users/trees that are unique to their parent company, MyHeritage.

Portrait Chart viewGeni uses the ancestral/portrait (bottom to top ancestry) view for ancestry.

Here’s what Geni says about their free family tree offerings:

Your free family tree includes photo and video sharing, birthday reminders, events and timelines, and more!” “Geni is solving the problem of genealogy by inviting the world to build the definitive online family tree. Using the basic free service at Geni.com, users add and invite their close relatives to join their family tree. All Geni users can share photos, videos, and documents with their families. Geni’s Pro subscription service allows users to find matching trees and merge those into the single world family tree, which currently contains over 100 million living users and their ancestors. Additional pay services include enhanced research tools and premium support.”

If you’re considering getting a subscription account at Geni.com, I’d recommend trying them out first with their free offerings.

Totally Free Family Trees

WikiTree

I have an account with WikiTree but haven’t added my family tree here yet. WikiTree is a completely free family tree; they don’t have subscription offerings. They also have a “one-tree” model that is a shared, collaborative tree but they allow you to upload your genealogy and retain privacy and editing rights.

Pedigree chart view WikiTree uses the pedigree chart (left to right).

Here’s what WikiTree’s site offers:

“Our community’s mission is to grow an accurate single family tree that connects us all and is freely available to us all.”

“WikiTree is 100% Free – All the genealogy on WikiTree has been contributed by members like you. It doesn’t cost money to contribute to WikiTree, and it doesn’t cost money to access what you and others have contributed.

1.) All the tools are free. All the benefits of membership, every feature and tool, is available to all members who sign the Honor Code. There are no “premium” memberships.

2.) All the content is free. Although some content is privacy-restricted and some content may be copyrighted by members, such as family photos, nobody pays to access anything on WikiTree. Ever. We also encourage open source developers to make use of the tree in other free applications and projects.

The costs of operation are covered by modest ads on public pages.”

FamilySearch

FamilySearch has two offerings. A one tree model that allows everyone to edit the group tree and a private “genealogy” that allows you to upload your private family tree that no one can edit. I use FamilySearch’s free family tree all the time. I haven’t added my private “genealogy” that no one else can touch because I keep a private tree on my home computer. As my tree goes back 5 or more generations at FamilySearch there are some unsourced/uncited ancestors I don’t agree with (others have added) but I don’t try to correct them and get into disputes.

I love using the FamilySearch free family tree because there are some sites (Relative Finder, TreeSeek, etc) that pull data from the FamilySearch family tree and offer you other fun services. For an idea which sites use the FamilySearch tree for their products, visit FamilySearch.org/apps and you can see which ones are free and which ones cost money.

Pedigree chart viewPortrait Chart viewFan Chart viewDescendancy chart viewFamilySearch allows you to look at your tree 4 ways: the typical pedigree chart (they call it landscape), the ancestral chart (they call it portrait), a fan chart, and a descendency chart (top to bottom from a single ancestor through the lineage to you).

So, all that said, many sites allow you to build a tree for free, but if your purpose in building a tree is to connect with other genealogies and family trees, WikiTree and FamilySearch are the only options that remain free and will never charge anything.

Have fun with your family tree building, whether you choose fee or free!

 

February 22, 2017 |

Kinpoint.com for Free Family Tree Checks

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Kinpoint.com for free family tree checks

 

Kinpoint.com is a new website that offers free family tree analysis of FamilySearch family trees.

Kinpoint has free services as well as premium services. Free services include checks to verify vital information is properly recorded for each person in your tree. Kinpoint puts a yellow circle by a person’s name if there is any vital information that needs to be properly sourced: a death location is missing, a birthdate, etc. For LDS users Kinpoint also looks for any ordinance work that still needs to be done for ancestors in your tree.

Kinpoint’s premium services include looking for possible problems in your tree, like a parent born after the birth of a child, and they have source hints and matches that can help you find more documentation for people in your tree. Work done in Kinpoint updates into your FamilySearch tree reducing the need for duplicate work.

I have several trees on different sites and one on my home computer but was surprised to see that my free FamilySearch tree has so much vital information missing. This will be a fun clean-up chore I’ll let my kids help with because the information will be so simple to document. It’s rare to find such low-hanging fruit on a family tree and I’m excited to use Kinpoint to introduce my kids to family history work in a way that’s visual and will give them instant success. Happy hunting during #FamilyHistoryMonth!

 

October 6, 2016 |

Make Free Printable Family Trees at TreeSeek.com

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You can create free printable family trees at TreeSeek.com.

With your free FamilySearch account OR by downloading and importing a GEDCOM file from any family tree site or with any family tree software, you can create free, printable family trees. (I edited mine to remove the first few generations but you get the idea.)

TreeSeek.com has several options for printable trees including colored fan charts, black and white fan charts, name clouds, and more.

If you have a FamilySearch account (free) you can login with your FamilySearch login and TreeSeek will pull data from your FamilySearch account.

If you don’t have a FamilySearch account you can opt to have TreeSeek import your GEDCOM file by selecting “Try Now” at the “We now support creating charts with a GEDCOM file” prompt.

After TreeSeek has made your tree you can download it to your computer or thumb drive/USB drive and print it. The trees are beautiful to display but it’s also nice to keep one or two handy as you’re doing your genealogy work to get a quick visual of the lines you’re researching.

October 5, 2016 |

Help Creating Your Free Family Tree

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Find a Family History Center near you

 

#FamilyHistoryMonth

If you’re at all intimidated about creating a free FamilySearch family tree, there’s free help available. Login to FamilySearch.org and select the “Get Help” button in the upper right-hand corner of your screen (see above)

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you can go to the Family History Center Location Finder and type in your city or postal code (almost anywhere in the world) and find a Family History Center near you.

Local Family History Centers are run by volunteers and they’ll be able to help you create free FamilySearch accounts, create your family tree, research and attach records to your tree, and some Family History Centers will even be able to print a fan chart of your tree.

Family History Centers have access to all of the FamilySearch online records (billions) including some books and manuscripts that can only be accessed at these centers or at approved libraries (sometimes I drive 5 minutes to my local Family History Center to access a book I can’t access from my home computer).

Local Family History Centers also have on-site access to free MyHeritage accounts, free Ancestry accounts, free AmericanAncestors, and free FindMyPast accounts to broaden your research attempts.

Most Family History Centers will have microfilm readers, microfiche readers, and some will have scanners. (Mine has a high-speed photo scanner that digitizes stacks of photos in seconds.) You can order microfilms/fiche from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and have them sent to your local Family History Center for a small fee (around $5/film) and you’ll usually  have a month to view the film before it needs to be sent back.

So, if you need help creating a free FamilySearch account, you don’t have to do it alone. Everything offered by FamilySearch is done with volunteers who are there to assist you for free. If you enjoy the Family History Centers you can go as often as you’d like and you can even volunteer to help out. The point is, there’s really no excuse for not having a FamilySearch account and all the opportunities it will open up for a family history researcher.

October 5, 2016 |

#FamilyHistoryMonth Idea 3 – Create a free FamilySearch family tree

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#familyhistorymonth free family tree

 

You may have a family tree on another website or home computer so why make a tree on FamilySearch?

There are a lot of great websites and apps that pull their data from FamilySearch (as needed, only with your permission) so without a free FamilySearch tree, you’ll miss out on a lot of family history leads.

For most people, the FamilySearch tree will practically build itself. You’ll add your name and any living ancestors, then when you add your first deceased ancestor, you’ll ask FamilySearch to try to find them and there’s a good chance they will. It will probably take 2 -3 generations to link up to family that are already in the system and Voila! you’ll have a free tree at FamilySearch.

And at FamilySearch, free means free. There’s truly no subscription fee ever. Why? FamilySearch is owned the by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and they believe it’s their duty to help connect people to their ancestors so they always offer this as a free service. They do their religious duty, you get a free tree, win-win!

Here’s a Quick Start Guide for FamilySearch Family Trees. If you’re at all familiar with family trees, scroll down to page 4 and start reading where it says “Add a Person.”

#FamilyHistoryMonth will be so much more fun when you have your FamilySearch tree!

 

October 4, 2016 |
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