When you think of making a family tree picture chart- what images come to mind? A diagram on white paper with black lines and text and some tiny thumbnail pictures? That’s pretty much what you’ll get if you look anywhere else but here.
There are a lot of really great genealogy and family tree related software or online services to choose from. They will help you do all sorts of cool and interesting things- so long as it’s on your computer screen. You can add all sorts of relatives and type in their information and create a “virtual” family tree within the software. Cool stuff really.
But I had done all that (or had access to work others in my family had done). It was fine for what it was- but there came a time when I wanted my family heritage to get off the computer screen and put in right on the wall of my home.
But when it came to artistic displays- I soon learned that I was out of luck when it came to the various websites and software providers in the family tree and genealogy field. My options where pretty much limited to printing out boring looking charts on my home computer- not exactly something I wanted to proudly hang in my living room for all to see.
Sure, I could maybe get a pdf file at a much larger size than my home printer could print and take it to a print shop that could print large format- but what did that really accomplish? It would have just given me a bigger version of boring- and it was still just on a piece of paper at the end of the day.
Wasn’t there a better solution? Wasn’t there anybody that had figured out a way to create a family tree picture chart that was artistic and beautiful and that I would actually WANT to display in my home?
As it turns out- there really wasn’t. I learned that after searching far and wide- both online and off line. The best I could come up with where still just charts- and I wanted something more- I wanted art! The short version of the story is that I eventually designed and created my own beautiful artistic family tree picture chart- a four generation photo pedigree chart that now hangs in my home and blesses (and impresses) all who see it.
Here’s what my original family tree picture chart (really art) looks like:
The good news for you is that now there is somewhere you can go online to create really beautiful family tree picture charts out of your own family ancestry. http://geneartogy.com is the site I ended up creating to allow others who wanted what I wanted to create it much more easily than I had to.