Let’s talk about family tree rings. Which are dates or decades in the Family Tree Top designs. The circular radial design for the Family Tree Tops view of our genealogical trees has room to show names of family members, spouses and children on the branches of the tree. Their birth date sets the position along that branch.
Here are my most up to date Frecker (paternal) and Flood (maternal) family trees. My objective is to show my children where they fit in our family and who their great grandparents and great aunts and uncles began.
My Maternal Family Tree
This is my genealogical tree from my mother’s side. She was raised in Chicago but her father came from Westmeath, Ireland. I’m working on descendents of my uncles and aunt to fill out the tree. My DNA test should help find many of my cousins. The pattern I created for the border is a tree symbol carved in stone that was photographed in Belfast. The background are Sessile Oak leaves, the national tree of Ireland.
My Paternal Family Tree
There are more Freckers than Floods in my family tree. My father was born in Pontiac, Michigan and many of the Freckers now live in Ohio. My dad moved to Arizona with his mom (Marguerite Nickerson), and his father (William Frecker). Dad met my mother (Mary Agnes Flood) in Tucson, where she had moved from Chicago for health reasons (dry air). Because my father’s family is from Germany, I chose the German style Herta Breit children artwork. Herta Breit is an artist from Vienna, Austria and we have this lithograph in our house. The background of the family tree is a leaf pattern from a fabric image I found on Wikimedia Commons.
The Henry George Frecker (my great grandfather) family has done well as you can see above. It is interesting how this method works, both representing and taking on the dendritic form of a tree and actual look of branches as seen from the top. See the full listing at Etsy.
So, here’s an interesting part of this unique Family Tree Tops top-down graphic layout. By keeping a similar geometric design, the two family trees can be overlaid. For my maternal and paternal trees, I kept the time scale at 20 years per inch and the same beginning date of 1880. Our living trees move forward in time, not back. They are living trees because we show everyone, living and past, since your great grandparents. The twenty-year scale was possible because my families aren’t that large. Each fits on an 18″ x 18″ canvas. What happens for big families? See The Challenges of Large Families blog on our website.
By laying the two trees side by side and sliding them together to overlap, I was able to see the genealogical intersections of my generation. In 1960, I was a child with two brothers and several first cousins. Follow the heavy dashed black line from me on the left running through 1960 past all the young cousins on my fathers side. At the intersection of 1960 from my paternal tree with my maternal tree, the curve connects to the 1960 circle on my mothers side. There, I can see those contemporary cousins, their parents, and their children.
The Confluence of Current Time
That intersection or overlap of generations is interesting to think about. The pattern created by the circular scale of years is where our logo originates. See it in the middle between the two trees? Just like branches overlapping when trees grow together, our family tree history overlaps between husband and wife, mother and father. As with the black line above, my children can follow their generation of 2000 around the circle to mom or dads side and find cousins, aunts and uncles along the way.
You can read more about The Confluence of Current Time on this post.
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