Looking at examples of family trees is a good way of getting an idea of where you need to start with your family tree creation project and also focuses your ideas on what you will want the end product to look like.
There are endless possibilities for how your own completed family tree will look! It just depends upon how creative you want to be!
Perhaps you’ll decide to use a diagram or picture of a traditional tree, where it’s just a tree that has names of people in your family and the years when they lived, and there is nothing wrong with this. You can have a lot more fun though if you explore a little.
There are many different ways of presenting your family’s history and many examples are posted on the Internet.
Did you know that you could make your family tree in scrapbook form? This can make a very rich and detailed record of your family’s history. In a scrapbook you can insert little mementos from years back that were in your family as well as insert little notes that will help you when you want to write a genealogy.
Some people opt to go for the simplest kind of family trees, which is just nodes, not a tree that denotes names and years. These simple diagrammatic trees can be a great way to introduce kids to genealogy and an understanding of their own family history because they are simple and easy to understand.
If you want to step things up to be a little more fun, you can go for a huge, ancient looking tree. These usually look great as they carry the feeling of the project. The ancient tree, gnarled roots and old-looking leaves give it an authentic feeling of history. They can be detailed too, but because you already have the tree taking up some room, you might not want to put in as many notes, maybe just names and years.
There is a type of family tree that is not so common, but that can be very rich in giving the history of families. It is made up of family crests, and if your family has been especially wealthy, titled or famous in the past, you should look into how you can make this kind of tree. Back in the days, families had crests, and crests were handed from generation to generation. To maintain the family status, people tended to marry into families that were wealthy and likely to have a crest as well, and new crests were born. If you have a way of getting to know what these crests looked like, you can recreate them so that you create a family tree that’s made of crests only. Underneath each crest you’ll have the patriarch and matriarch of the family and their children.
The exciting thing about family tree creation is that the options are endless! So long as you are in keeping with creating a history of your family, feel free to put in as many new ideas as you want. You may find that you design a whole new concept of a family tree that no one has used before.
Whatever unique design you come up with, make sure that you make it available for the rest of your family to enjoy! You might display it in your home. You might decide to store a copy of it online so that a larger group of people from your family can get to see it. If you do this you may well find that you meet relatives you didn’t know about by the simple act of sharing your family tree online.
At the very least, make sure you display your family tree somewhere prominent where everybody can discuss and enjoy it! Don’t forget that it is the beginning of a great resource – your genealogy.
Looking at a varied selection of examples of family trees can inspire you with ideas of your own. But don’t just copy what you see, be original and come up with something unique that you and your family will be proud of!
Source: Margaret Ravenscroft