Saturday, August 14, 2010

Taking Shape

By now you should have a good start on your family tree. The "squares" and "circles" should be in place for you, your spouse, and your children. The next step is to add your parents, your sisters, and your brothers.

From your own square or circle, extend from the top a vertical line a few spaces. Now draw a horizontal line toward the outside of the graph paper forming a new generation line which you can place your bothers and sisters. Space each new square and circle for both you and your spouses' brothers and sisters. These should be drawn such that each symbol is at the same level as your own, equally spaced usually 3-4 little spaces on the graph paper. This of course would mean that you are of the same generation. Remember to place names, date of birth, date of death, place of birth, where buried, and other notes as indicated. You will soon find that the page seems to get crowed fairly quickly.

Now the final step is to draw a vertical line halfway out the brothers and sisters line extending from the top. This begins your fathers, and mothers, generation. You should have experience drawing your squares and circles. Place a new generation line (horizontal)from the new vertical line coming out of the top of your brothers' and sisters' line. You will begin to see the larger family tree as it takes shape before your very eyes!

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