A Compact Picture
Family trees are typically viewed from the side. Modern software programs allow only a vertical or horizontal view. Older drawings show brackets from the side as well. Our different view of family trees shows your living tree branches by looking down from the top. Generations grow outward from great grandmother and great grandfather at the center. Family growth spreads with the natural look of branches. Datelines radiate from the center just like the rings of a tree.
A genealogical tree shows the descendants from a couple, ours include living relatives. Programs like Ancestry.com track people who have passed away because that’s where the records are. I would rather show ALL my relatives, living and dead. Also, it’s fun to see people’s children and their cousin relationships to my children. And then Baby Names are always fun to browse.
Why View Family Trees from the Top?
The reasons are compelling and completely innovative:
What I Have Found
My greatest reason to show our family trees in this way is to see my children’s cousins living in their generations. Our children are having babies now (see Wedding Days are Genealogy Days) and its fun to see their baby names and how they are related. It is also an attractive reference to show on the wall. Keeping in touch with family is fun. Showing my children their sometimes distant family brings them closer together. I’m taking this to the next reunion!