Family Tree: 50 family trees

Looking from some interesting and decorative family tree? The Paper Tree at GrillYourGranny.com might be just what you are looking for. They have several family trees that you can order printed copies of plus they have a CD you can order with 50 family tree images that you can print your self or take to your local print shop.

8 generation fan chart from GrillYourGranny.com

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Family Tree: Metro Map Style

If My Family Was a Metro System by Colville-Andersen

Here is an interesting variation on how to represent your family tree. I love the idea! Here is what the creator said about this project:

So I was thinking. What if my massive family was a metropolitan transit system? What would the map look like? Well… here it is.

Family trees are a tricky thing to make. They have a specific structure that is difficult to avoid. It took a good 16 hours to finish this design. Most of it was spent working out the system of how to represent the different lines – as well as the many quirky variations like different dads for two kids from the same mum, etc.

The symbolism is interesting and I haven’t figure what all of it means yet but it is a brilliant infographic on a very complex family structure. Many family structures are not straight forward and simple and I really like this solution. How would your family metro map look?

Why Do a Story Project?

DOABLE Sidebar DWith all the demands we have on our time and the many options we have on any spare time we might have, why would you want to spend some of that precious time on a story project? Here are a few reasons that I came up with:

  • preserve & share living memory
  • connect with family members
  • strengthen family relationships
  • understand yourself better
  • share family values
  • increase self-esteem
  • improve resilience
  • uncover forgotten stories and people

Emory University did a remarkable study that showed a connection between teens knowing their family’s stories and the sense of well-being.

“Children Benefit if They Know About Their Relatives”

“Do You Know…”

This is powerful stuff. I knew that family stories were important but I had no idea that they have such a vital role in helping us to live happier more productive lives. That is reason enough for me. What about you? What is your reason for doing story projects?