For Christmas this year, I decided to make family tree pedigree charts for my parents and my in-laws. My inspiration was from THIS amazing website. This is how they turned out:
I used the names of my ancestors to form a tree shape! This version does look a little funky because I blocked out some names so that I would feel comfortable sharing on the internet. But I think you still get the idea.
I can’t give you a step-by-step tutorial, but here are some general instructions if you would like to attempt a project like this:
1. I gathered all the names for my chart. Here are some websites that might help you: Family Search, Ancestry, or Roots Web. This step might require calling grandparents or other relatives.
2. I typed each name into Photoshop and warped the text to make the names look like branches. To warp text, click on the tab LAYER, scroll down to the word TYPE, and click on WARP TEXT. Then you can choose what shape you want to warp the text to. I chose to do all of the names using the ARCH setting and I just made some arch up and some arch down. This gave me the best results.
3. I created a leaf graphic (look in the custom shapes or download clip art) and added one to the end of each name wherever I could fit them.
4. I downloaded a digital scrapbooking paper that I liked and used it as my background. Then when I went to have it printed, I didn’t like the look of the background. So I ended up using sand colored watercolor paper cut to the right size. It look much classier that way.
I printed mine out 11×14 and wouldn’t recommend going any smaller. The names get really small and hard to read. In fact, bigger would definitely be better. I also framed them before giving them as gifts.
Hope that helps get you started! And if you don’t want to make it yourself, you could always have one made up for you HERE.