Family Tree Chart for Reunion Favor, Gift and Activity
by Elizabeth Knaus
(Solomon, KS, USA)
Family Tree Chart helps children understand their roots
Family tree charts make a great reunion keepsake. Each person can pitch in to pay for a favor to take home and save to pass on to children. Tell guests to bring along information in advance and use it as an activity project to compile the family history. The examples are printed on 19" x 13" with a parchment look. Attractive design performs a simple method of displaying information in a concise, artistic format. To the experienced genealogist or the beginner, it delivers space to write fraternal and maternal information for each couple:
This chart’s capacity for up to six generations covers 62 ancestors including:
1. child or group of siblings
2. one mother, one father
3. four grandparents
4. eight great grandparents
5. 16 great great grandparents
6. 32 great great great grandparents
Designer Elizabeth Knaus explains,
“I gave a blank chart to my mother and another to my mother-in-law. I asked them to fill in as much as they knew. When I got them back, I filled in the opposite side with the other’s information. This left me with 2 complete charts—one for each of my children. It is important for me to pass on knowledge and the respect I have for my ancestors who gave me life.”
The artwork on this family tree chart features a large oak tree with bark textured branches, leaves and acorns. Woodcut style sun and clouds, detailed butterfly, silhouettes of squirrel, birds, boy and dog running in a meadow, all arranged in an aesthetically pleasing, balanced drawing with a retro, vintage antique style having a casual, nature-loving appeal.
Simple to use for anyone—no special skills necessary. Blanks are filled in by printing or writing with pen or pencil directly on the chart. This personalizes the piece, making it a special keepsake of handwriting as well as family history information.