Having a large family is challenging in many ways. Making genealogical trees is just one of them! This is why we have a different view of family trees.
My wife’s family needs to be shown on a 26″ x 26″ canvas because she has many great aunts and uncles. Making these size changes on the fly has been a learning experience. Now I can identify the size of the canvas by the size of the family and by reviewing the Ancestry file to see where larger individual families occur within the genealogical tree.
When building Family Tree Tops trees, the size of a family can create challenges in how to portray all the names. But the concept of dates and generations holds up. I begin with grandparents (either your mother’s parents – maternal, or your father’s parents – paternal). The first generation (usually twenty years) can be pushed out radially to allow room for many children. I can also change the size of the canvas. Some families can be shown on an 18″ x 18″ canvas, others need to be larger like 24″ x 24″.
The last challenge belongs to the client. Knowing the names of living relatives can sometimes be difficult. The family historian usually has a good handle on this and can help. The other way is to call. I’ve had some enjoyable conversations with people I didn’t know but I’m a 1st or 2nd generation cousin. I’ve been able to tell people that first cousins share the same grandparents, second cousins share the same great grandparents, third cousins share the same great great grandparents. That little fact is an “ah ha” moment for some.