Completing nine, ten, eleven, or twelve generations is a genealogical milestone. You have shown much passion and dedication in researching your family history, collecting data, photographs and other family memorabilia. It would be a shame to keep most of those items in storage where no one can see them, so why not incorporate them into a large chart family tree! With the technology available today, you can build a family tree that is not just a record of your ancestry, but a showcase of your devotion and pride. We’ll show you how to add photographs, family crests and other memorabilia to your 11 generation pedigree chart.
A large chart family tree will contain quite a bit of information, so you might want to consider using an oversized template for developing it. You can download one right here from our website. We have large family tree templates available ranging in size from 5m by 2m (16’ 6" x 6’ 6") to the smaller size of 2.5m x 1m (8’ x 3’ 3"). These extra large family trees serve as a great addition to weddings, family reunions or funerals, and can be effectively used in the classroom as well. With an extra large family tree template, there is room for photos, heraldic crests, and enhancing artwork. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can utilize these added effects in your large chart.
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Photos can add an additional dimension to your large chart. Family trees are usually a simple display of the names and vital data of your ancestors. But with a big chart, you can include your ancestors’ pictures as well. Once your images are scanned, your lasrge chart can be printed out on chart sized, or continuous roll paper. This will have to be done by a professional printer, but since you’ve put so much effort into your family history, it’s deserving of being displayed in a manner reflective of that.
You may want to consider having your large chart family tree printed out on canvass. You will most likely be rolling and un-rolling your chart many times, and having it printed on canvass will add to its durability. The images and data will still be clear, possibly even better than on paper, as canvas doesn’t reflect the light. Having your ancestor’s photos with their vital information displayed below adds a very personal touch to an oversized chart like this. In addition to the images of your relatives, you can also include any photos of the areas in which they lived, or the houses they resided in. Use your imagination to put those precious photographs that you’ve collected over the years to good use!
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Maps are another item you can integrate into your large chart family tree. Placing maps of the areas your ancestors resided in will take your family tree display to yet another level. One idea for the type of map to display is a surname distribution map. Most of your family who will be viewing your large tree chart will be interested in understanding where their family name originated. A map showing the concentration and distribution of your surname can illustrate migration patterns as well as give relatives a definite point of reference for their own ancestry.
These are just a few ideas as to how you can make your large chart family tree more than just a textual display of your family history. Adding images and such adds an element of entertainment and authenticity that can be enjoyed by your relatives regardless of their age. You are only limited by your imagination as to what you can display in your large chart family tree. Hopefully we’ve sparked your creative juices and encouraged you to be innovative in displaying your family history.