December 10, 2014

My Genealogy Christmas Tree

Is it too early to put up my Genealogy Christmas Tree?






14 comments:

Sara said...

So, where is the blogger tutorial on how to make this? Did you use excel? I love it!

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

hi Sara,

There is no tutorial. I just used WORD to create mine. You do have to play around with your surnames to get the tree sides to line up as you want them.

And I chose 4 letter surnames to make the trunk of my tree.

I actually just made another one for my husband's blog AncestorsAtRestwhere I did a better job on the star at the top.

For mine I inserted a star using a graphic program called GIMP. For my husband's I just inserted a photo into the word document that had his tree. It worked much better that way

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Forgot to say that once I created the tree in WORD I did a screen capture (selected just the tree) to create a graphic image for my blog

Sara said...

Thanks Lorine! I started mine on Excel before I saw yourpost, but I think I reached the same end, just a slightly different path.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20814187@N03/15969912506/
THanks for the idea. Hope you don't mind that I "borrowed" it.
Sara

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Clever idea!

Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman said...

Awesome! Creative! Love it!

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Sara, your tree is cute! I like it :-)

christine woodcock said...

Can you do one for me, then paint it on my office wall? Thanks, you're a peach :) Just kidding. This tree is VERY creative. Well done!

The Glamorous Genealogist said...

I had no idea that we are cousins until I saw your Christmas "Tree"! I love the idea of the tree and may make one as well! Really cute. I am related to you on the Bradt/ Van Slyke line. My grandmother was a Bradt!
https://www.facebook.com/TheGlamorousGenealogist

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Hi Glamorous Genealogist - very cool! You can check out a summary of some of my ancestral lines (Bradt, Van Slyke, etc) at

http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/nn/surnames/

Jana Last said...

Lorine,

I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2014/12/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-december-12.html

Have a great weekend!

Paula Wiegand said...

Lorine, I love this! Here's mine http://genealogy-quest.com/genealogy-christmas-tree/

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Paula, I love yours! So creative to make the letter "o" a coloured ornament.

I never thought about making the tree in layers like yours.

Hmmm... I may have to create a new Christmas Tree next year incorporating your ideas into my existing one!

Thanks for sharing

Sara said...

Paula & Lorine, Yours are so creative and attractive. Just a note to anyone else thinking of this - I made mine in Excel. I am not creative. According to family feedback, mine doesn't look like a tree, many people didn't "understand" it, as the names were sorted by size and not branches on the tree. My niece was angry that her ex-husbands name was included even though his name is a surname on my husbands side too. It looks like a Kindergarten project and is a total waste of time. Bah Humbug.
I'm sure this is due to my implementation! Maybe next Christmas, I'll have a new family! Thanks for the idea! I liked it.