Types of Family Tree Charts

There are several different types of family tree charts. Among the most popular types are traditional and graphical family tree charts. Other common types are medieval and heraldic family tree charts.

A simple family tree chart starts with the person of your choice, usually yourself, and branches out to the right showing your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on.

Popular heraldic family tree charts are those for the UK, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Mexico and Scotland. These charts feature a coat of arms on the chart.

Graphical family tree charts are probably what most people think of when they think of a family tree. This is the chart with a large tree in the background that uses branches to form the tree with names placed on each branch.

The Celtic tree of life is another popular variation of a graphical family tree chart. It can be a beautiful piece of art when matted and framed. A framed family tree is a precious heirloom that can be passed down to future generations.

Medieval family tree charts often feature a knight or a sword graphic. These are similar to the simple chart that branches to the right.

Depending upon where you obtain your family tree chart, you may have several options when choosing the type you desire. Choose a design that you like. If you are printing the chart to display, you want it to reflect your personal style.

If you are using genealogy software, you may be able to print charts from the program. This is useful in printing hard copies for your files or for displaying small format charts.

If you desire large format printing, you would need to contact a local print shop or place an order online. Ancestry Graphics & Printing will do large format printing and accepts orders online.

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