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Family Tree Presentation Ideas

by Jacky Gamble

A family tree, also called genealogy or family history, can be presented in several ways. However, most family trees, no matter how they are presented, contain information about an individual's ancestral descendancy.

Standard Charts

There are three standard charts that are typically used by genealogists for organizing and presenting family tree information. Pedigree charts, which are diagrams of direct lineages, are the most standard. There are also family group sheets, which include more detailed information than pedigree charts, and descent charts, which begin with the earliest known ancestor, and lists each descendant thereafter.

Computer Programs

Computer programs such as Family Tree Maker, can be used to help genealogists organize and present their family tree information. Information can be added to the program, and updated as new information is discovered. These programs also allow the user to print a variety of family tree reports.

Decorative Charts

Family trees can also be presented using decorative family tree charts. One of the most common of these charts are fan charts, which are decorative versions of pedigree charts, and are often used for framing and hanging on a wall.

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About the Author

Jacky Gamble has been a freelance writer since 2008, and has written articles for Internet publishing companies, Ancestry.org and Families.com. She is pursuing an Associate of Science in business administration.

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