Ever since I was little I’ve always had a deep importance of family and knowing who I descend from, who my relatives are, and learning more about them. I yearn to know these people who have created me. It’s amazing to look and see that it took hundreds of people hooking up for me to get here. I think genealogy is so fascinating and I’m bringing it back! It’s not just for the elderly anymore!
Genealogy grew into a mission for me to know here I came from when I found this out. I want my children to know the people who played a role in who they are to learn from these ancestors through their lives.
When I gave them to my parents they were literally speechless and touched by this gift I gave them. They have them hanging in their living room. It’s pretty much been my favorite gift I’ve ever given them. I loved them so much, I did a pair for McKay and I and ours are hanging on the wall above our couch in our family room. It’s always a great conversation piece, and it’s fun to show people that I’m a descendent from two very noble and important people.
1. Go to the Tree Seek website. To start, click on the “Start Now!” button.
2. Select which site you want to auto populate your genealogy from. Tree Seek only gives two options. If you don’t have an account with either, you can create an account. My account is through New Family Search, and when I started my account, I didn’t have any ancestor names.
The great thing about these sites, is all you need is one or two generations to start growing your family tree. I added myself, then my parents, and the site starts suggesting people who are related to those people, and I was able to find my grandparents, great grandparents, and great great grandparents that someone else had already added. I was able to add those people to my line and before you knew it I had 10 generations worth of people on my account in less than 15 minutes. Awesome!
2. Four Generation Fan
3. Seven Generation Fan
4. Ten Generation Pedigree Chart
6. Four Generation Pedigree Chart
7. Nine Generation Pedigree Chart
The great thing about this site is you can download one of each design if you wanted, and it’s all FREE!
*Printing tips: I went to Kinkos to get my fan printed off because they’re close by, are reasonable priced, and I like their service. I wanted to make my fan big enough so you could actually read the names and I wanted mine to be in color (the one downside is you can’t change the colors of these fans).
The dilemma I ran into was the size I felt comfortable with was a 16X20. The only printer they had at Kinkos that could print in color that big was their big massive printer. Which was going to a bit more pricey. I spent around $30 on each of the prints and I got two of them. These prints are saved as a PDF so they’ll be able to adjust the size to what you want, but if you want to be able to read the names clearly, I recommend you to print it in a larger size.
Like I said in the beginning, framing them makes them look so much nicer. I got my two black 16X20 frames for about $15 each at Hobby Lobby with a coupon. SO about $90 for the pair. If you wanted to do it a lot more cost effective, you can get it printed black and white and it will be significantly less.
I hope this tutorial will help you to give a priceless gift for a loved one for the holidays. This would also be a great gift for a birthday or anniversary. Genealogy is definitely not just for the elderly. I think it’s freakin awesome and so cool to know where and who you came from. It’s really exciting and what a great piece of art this would look on your wall in your living or family room.
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