How to share ancestry family tree


Two Ways to Share Your Family Tree on Ancestry: How to Share Your Tree

In this post, you will learn how to share your family tree on Ancestry.  I’ll teach you two different ways to do it, so you can choose the best one for your situation.

Are you trying to decide whether to go through the steps of building your family tree on Ancestry?  Or maybe you already built your tree, and are wondering how to share it with a relative? 

Why would you want to share your tree?

A few months ago, my sister decided to do the Ancestry DNA test.  Since both of our parents have already done the test, I don’t think that we will learn anything new – other than that she is absolutely, positively, my father’s daughter. 

Regardless, she has been very curious about which ethnicities will show up in her DNA.  There is nothing quite like getting your DNA results back and seeing what your DNA is made up of.

Since my sister has not really been involved in researching our family tree, her natural question was whether my family tree would merge with hers once her results came back.   The unfortunate answer is no. 

It would be so wonderful if Ancestry would just recognize that she is my sister and place her right into my tree where she belongs.  Wouldn’t that be fantastic? 

We just don’t have the science/technology to do this quite yet.

Fortunately, it’s not hard to share your family tree with your family members who do the test.  Making a new tree is so much work, and many people aren’t interested in putting in the time investment to make their own. 

I’m still not sure, but I think my sister might be one of these people.

Even though she isn’t as interested in doing research as I am, I still want her to enjoy her DNA results to the max – so I am going to share my family tree with her. 

This way, she will be able to be in ThruLines, have Common Ancestor Hints, and be able to figure out more easily how she is connected to her DNA matches. 

And who knows, maybe she’ll catch the genealogy bug!?

Have you built your tree on Ancestry yet?

Are you still trying to decide whether Ancestry is the best place for you to build your tree?  I love it, use it, and recommend it to all of my readers since it’s the best place to easily integrate online records into your family tree.  

You can also attach your DNA results to your family tree to get additional information about your DNA results, and learn more about your ancestry. 

You don’t need a subscription to build your tree, access it, or share it, but it is helpful to have a subscription when you are actively doing research and accessing documents (it makes it wayyy easier!!).

How to share your tree on Ancestry with someone else on Ancestry

Do you want to keep ownership of your tree, but allow your relative access within Ancestry’s website?  Ancestry calls this “sharing” your tree. 

If you choose to do it this way, you will be able to control how much access they can have, and whether or not they can edit your tree and add new people.  Additionally, you can specify how whether they can see living people (privacy issues). 

You can also delete their access to your tree at any time (but I know there is no drama in your family!).

How to do this:  This is a super simple thing to do, but it can be tricky to find the place on your tree where you do it.

Here are the steps:

  • You have to log in to your Ancestry account, and click on the tab on the top where it says “TREES”.
  • A menu should drop down, and just choose the tree that you want to share access to.
  • From within the screen where you can see your tree, in the top left corner below the menu, you will see a box that says “YOUR NAME Family Tree”.  Immediately to the right of the name of your tree, you will see a little down arrow – click on that!  This is what it looks like:
  • A dropdown menu will appear.  Choose “Sharing”.
  • A box will pop up where you can share your tree with someone either using their username or their e-mail address.  I usually just e-mail addresses.  This is where you can choose their access level to your tree.

The default is to NOT let people that you share your tree with see living people in the tree.  After you send the invite, a little message will pop up that reads: “You can use your tree settings to assign roles and manage invites. ”  Just click on that link and it will let you make adjustments as needed.

How to Download/export Your Ancestry Tree as a GedCom File For Sharing

Are you the super generous sharing type? If you think that your relative is interested in doing their own research, another good option is to actually give them a digital file. 

This gives them freedom to add/change/delete at-will.  It keeps you out of it (you might not want to be involved).  It’s also a good way to make sure that information gets passed down and shared through the generations. 

In my family, my great-grandmother had done a lot of work on the family tree.  This file was shared with some of her grandchildren, and their children. 

In some families, distance and generations can cause information to get lost – so you can avoid this by sending people your Gedcom file.

Here are the steps:

  • Log in to your Ancestry account, and click on the tab on the top where it says “TREES”.
  • On the dropdown menu, choose the tree that you would like to export (that is what this process is called).
  • On the right side of the name of your tree, you will see a little down arrow – click on it!  This is what it will look like:
  • Click on the “Tree Settings” option.
  • When your tree settings page loads, you will see a green button that says “Export Tree”.  Click on the button.  Here is a quick screenshot of what it looks like:
If you click the “Export tree” button, Ancestry’s website will begin the process of creating a GEDCOM file for you to download – the larger your tree, the more time it will take
  • Once you click on the button, Ancestry will start to generate a Gedcom file.
  • Once it is finished, a green button will appear that says “Download Gedcom File”.  Click on it, and choose “Save” when the box appears.

Here is a screenshot of where the button will appear (Note:  It will say “Export Tree” until you click on it and the file is ready)

Click the “Download your GEDCOM File” button to start downloading. It will save to the folder where your downloads usually go

That’s it!  These are super easy steps, and now you can easily show your family members what you’ve learned!

Conclusion

I hope that this post helped you learn more about how the different ways that it is possible to share your family tree with a family member.  Do you have any questions about these steps or any other aspect of sharing your family tree? 

Let me know here in the comments!

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Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Ancestry.com: Tips and Tricks for Beginners

By Family Tree Editors Premium

Written by David Fryxell, unless otherwise noted

When you first delve into Ancestry.com, the world’s largest subscription collection of genealogy databases, it can be a bit mind-boggling. After all, Ancestry.com encompasses some 31,000 collections with more than 20 billion historical records. Subscribers can access all available US census records, from 1790 through the 1950 census, along with many Canadian, English and Welsh enumerations.

You’ll find military records including collections of soldiers from the Revolutionary War, Civil War and both world wars. Vital records cover many US states, Canada and the United Kingdom, and immigration records range from passenger lists for most American ports to border-crossing files. Plus, you’ll find more than 20,000 digitized family and local history books, along with city directories and yearbooks and scanned and searchable newspapers dating back to the 18th century.

To help jump-start your research on the site, here are our best Ancestry.com tips (not all of which even require paying for a subscription). As you work your way through these ideas, you’ll uncover even more Ancestry.com strategies that can help you branch out and document your family tree.

1.

Explore what’s available for free.

Even though the core of Ancestry.com is its treasure trove of subscriber-only databases, the site also offers a surprising number of free data collections. If you’re still debating whether to subscribe to Ancestry.com, trying out its free collections is a good way to get a feel for the site and how it works.

You can view all free records collections on Ancestry.com from a single page. You can even search all these collections at once.

Many of these collections, it’s true, require a subscription to view full results or the scanned image of the original record. That’s the case with most US census collections, although you can view the 1880 and 1940 enumerations in their entirety for free; you just need to register and create a free account.

Yet even those “free” collections in which the complete records are hidden behind a pay wall can provide valuable information. Searching the 1881 English census, for example, will reveal not only whether an ancestor is listed, but also the person’s year and city of birth as well as county of residence in 1881.

2. Create or upload your family tree.

There’s no charge to create and share your own family tree files on Ancestry.com. You’ll get the most out of this experience, though, by subscribing. Your subscription will allow you to view data matches as well as other subscribers’ trees that overlap with yours. Ancestry.com hosts some 100 million family trees, containing 13 billion profiles of ancestors, plus more than 330 million photographs, scanned documents and written stories attached to those trees.

To begin, select the Trees link on the home page then select “Create & Manage Trees” from the dropdown menu. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Create a new tree”; you’ll see a rudimentary pedigree chart where you can type in your data. Alternatively you can select “Upload a GEDCOM file”, which lets you share a GEDCOM (the universal file format for family trees) you’ve exported from your genealogy software. You can also upload “zipped” GEDCOM and image files (GEDZ). Just browse to the file on your computer, select and upload it, and Ancestry.com will interpret the file and create your online tree.

3. Follow your hints.

Once you’ve created or uploaded one or more family trees, links to them appear in the Trees drop-down menu whenever you sign in to Ancestry.com. Click on one of your trees, and you’ll see a typical lines-and-boxes view, with each ancestor’s name and relevant dates. You may see a leaf icon in the corner of an ancestor’s box; this indicates that Ancestry.com has a “hint” for you—data it’s automatically found that may match that ancestor. (A box at the top of the page shows how many hints await your attention.)

To explore these hints, click one of your ancestors bearing a leaf icon. In a summary window, you’ll see how many hints are available to review (“8 Ancestry hints”). Click this link for a list of the data matches Ancestry.com has identified.

You can click on each data source to view that record, or select Review to jump to a comparison between what Ancestry. com has found and what’s in your tree. Determine if the hints is a good match for your tree. If the data obviously doesn’t apply to your ancestor, select Ignore to dismiss it. Check or uncheck these found facts, then pick Save to Your Tree to import the info you’ve checked.

4. Perform a global search.

Because Ancestry.com’s wealth of data can be overwhelming, sometimes the best way to explore its collections is just to dive in and see everything it provides on a given ancestor. You can do this from the home page, where blanks invite you to fill in a first and last name, place an ancestor might have lived, and estimated birth year.

If you know a little more about an ancestor, click “Show more options.” This expands the search form to include other life events and family members, plus a drop-down for gender and blanks for race and keyword. you can also prioritize or restrict your search by collection (such as English or Jewish) or select only certain types of records.

What might you try as a keyword? Consider groups your ancestor might have belonged to, such as Flying Tigers, Elks or Lutheran, as well as occupations and even place names that Ancestry.com doesn’t recognize and automatically populate.

This more-advanced search form also offers the option to search just for exact matches. Use this checkbox with caution, however; you can always choose to narrow your search once you see the results, using the Edit Search button or r hot key.

5. Search by category.

Despite the power of Ancestry.com’s global search, sometimes you get better results by searching a single category—zooming in on your ancestor’s military or passenger arrival records, for example. To search a single category, select it from the drop-down list under Search. For categories not shown there, such as Schools, Directories & Church Histories, pick Search All Collections, then select the category (or subcategory) from the list on the right side of the main search page.

Another reason to search by category is that these category-search pages present different options. The Immigration & Travel search page, for example, lets you specify an ancestor’s arrival and departure dates and place of origin—options not readily available on the main search page. (You can, however, add arrival and departure there as life events.) The Military search page has a date and location search box set specifically for military service.

6. Explore others’ family trees, but focus on sources.

The real benefit of sharing your family tree on Ancestry.com is hoping others tracing your family will do likewise. Family trees are included in the site’s global search. But you can focus on them by selecting Public Member Trees under Search. Results show the basics about an ancestor from each tree. Here, you’ll see how many sources and attachments accompany the data.

While unsourced info in others’ family trees can provide clues for your own research, focus on those with sources. Look particularly in the results list for those that not only have sources (which may be just somebody else’s unverified family tree) but that show “attached records.” These can be a research gold mine—everything from transcribed wills to pages from family histories. You may even find photos, indicated by a little camera icon.

You can also search just for Public Member Stories submitted along with family trees.

7. Add notes to records you find on Ancestry.com.

You might find errors in the site’s index, where the transcriber who read the name in a historical record misinterpreted what the record said. Or the census taker or county clerk might have garbled your relative’s name on the original record. Or maybe the record shows Great-grandpa’s given name, and you know the nickname he more commonly used.

On the record summary page, you can click the Leave a Comment button to leave a general comment with more information on the record. Others will be able to see your user name as the person who left a comment, potentially putting you in touch with more relatives.

8. Connect with cousins.

What if you find someone researching your family, and you want to connect to share information? Toward the top of each family tree page is a profile icon. Click this to view more about the owner of the tree. Depending on the person’s settings, you may be able to send an email via Ancestry.com by clicking Message. You also can read about the person’s research interests.

9. Opt out of DNA matches if you want to.

While Ancestry.com considers the ability to find possible DNA matches to be one of their most beneficial services, they respect the critical importance of privacy and the ability for members to control their own data. While many of their 6 million members love having discovering possible DNA matches and family members, this ability makes controlling your own data incredibly simple.

By accessing your DNA Settings page and adjusting your DNA Match List setting to ‘no’, you can ensure that no one will see you in their list of possible matches. If existing members wish to continue seeing their matches, and continue having their information shared on match lists, you need to make no changes, as the automatic setting on your account will be ‘yes’.

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10. Understand you can inherit different DNA than your siblings.

You inherit 50% of your DNA from each of your parents, and so do your siblings, but that doesn’t mean it’s the same 50%. The mix that gets passed from your grandparents down through your parents can vary with each child. That means you might have different ethnicity estimates and matches in some cases.

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11. Know your ethnicity estimates can change

There’s a reason they use the word “estimates” to describe what your ethnic makeup is. As more people test, they’re able to refine the information. Ethnicity is based on a sample group of people whose ancestors came from the same area. The science behind this aspect of testing is continually evolving, so they continue to tweak your results as the sample size grows.

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12. Look for old photos of family and the places they lived.

Try databases including US School Yearbooks, Public Member Photos and Scanned Documents, and Historical Postcards (separate databases are named for 10 countries or regions, including the US, Germany and Austria, Canada, Italy and others). Find more with a card catalog search on the keyword pictures.

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Although other subscription sites now rival Ancestry.com’s collection of historical newspapers, it’s still a useful tool for beating your brick walls and learning about your ancestors’ lives. (Ancestry.com has a bigger subscription-based site, Newspapers.com, that’s available to Ancestry.com subscribers at a discounted rate.) To search only old newspapers, go to Search All Collections and scroll down to Newspapers under Stories & Publications on the right.

Here it’s often useful to filter your search by location, using the links at the upper right. Click on USA, for instance, and then select a state and possibly a city in the left-hand links on the page that appears. You also can filter by dates.

14. Scour message boards.

An often-overlooked resource is Ancestry.com’s vast array of message boards. This part of the site, “the world’s largest online genealogy community,” has more than 25 million posts on 198,000 boards. This link is located under Help, or you can go straight to boards.ancestry.com. These message boards are identical to those on the long-standing free RootsWeb site, which is why they represent such a rich resource. Why tackle a genealogy challenge from scratch when somebody may have already solved it here?

At the very least, it’s worth checking the boards for all the surnames you’re researching, as well as the ancestral places (typically by county) where your family has lived. You can also explore specialized boards devoted to everything from the Crimean War to Australian cemeteries. If you post, use a subject line such as Harrison family in Ripley County, Ind. That way, other researchers surfing the boards will quickly know whether your most might pertain to their families.

15. Edit your tree on the go with the Ancestry app.

Use Ancestry.com’s free mobile app for Apple or Android to create and edit your Member Tree on your phone or tablet. You can add records you find in Ancestry.com, as well as records uploaded from your device. Changes will automatically sync to all your devices.

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16. Save your finds.

Once you’ve found facts about your ancestors on Ancestry.com, what should you do with these records? Ancestry.com provides several built-in ways to save “hits” related to your family history. First, of course, you can print the records you find—always a good backup. It’s a good idea to print both the image of the original record, if available, and Ancestry.com’s transcription of it, then staple these together.

It’s also easy to save your finds digitally. When viewing a record, click the Save button in the upper right corner. This brings up a box where you can choose to attach the record to someone in your tree or save it to your computer’s hard drive. An advantage of attaching a record to an Ancestry.com tree is that you can then view it using Ancestry’s free smartphone and tablet apps.

17. Attach long records as PDFs.

When saving a record to your Member Tree, Family Tree Maker software or computer, you can save only one page at a time. This takes awhile for large files, such as a long Revolutionary War pension file or a book chapter, and it creates a new attached record for each page. HeritageQuest Online, available through many libraries, used to let you download multiple pages from a book or a whole pension file at once. But now that Ancestry.com “powers” HeritageQuest Online, you can save only one page at a time. To speed things up, you could attach select pages from a long record, or use software like Adobe Acrobat to combine the pages into a single PDF.

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18.

Don’t lose access to your records.

Anyone can create an Ancestry Member Tree for free, and paying subscribers can attach Ancestry.com records to people in their trees. But if you let your subscription lapse, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise: You’ll be able to access your tree and any records uploaded from your computer, but not the records attached from Ancestry.com. To avoid this, when you attach a record to someone in your Member Tree, save a copy to your computer with a descriptive file name so you can easily find it. You also could use Family Tree Maker software to keep a copy of your family tree on your computer that syncs with your online tree.

All these options are easy to use, and that’s a good thing. Once you’ve tried all these suggestions for using Ancestry.com, you’ll have plenty of family history finds to save.

Use names and places found on Ancestry.com as a springboard for searches on sites such as Google, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, and Findmypast. Check for city directories, digitized books and newspapers, and other types of genealogy records on other sites as well.

A version of this article appeared in the March/April 2013 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

Ancestry.com Search Tips: Your Ultimate Guide

Searching on genealogy mega-site Ancestry.com can feel overwhelming. Here are tips and other free resources to help you get the most out of your Ancestry searches.

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How to make a genealogical tree of family and clan

How to preserve the memory of the past of your family? Collecting old photographs and yellowed letters in boxes on the mezzanine is not the best option: in a couple of generations, your descendants will hardly guess who these smiling people from black and white cards are. How about translating that memory into something meaningful, like a real family tree? Its creation will be an exciting quest for the whole family, and in the process of immersing yourself in your own story, incredible discoveries can await you all.

Building a family tree is not easy, but interesting. To do this, you will have to conduct a comprehensive study, collect all the data and photographs, and then try to create a family tree with your own hands from all this.

In our article you will find not only tips for finding information about ancestors, but also various tree design options. We have also prepared for you two templates for filling in the family tree - for children and for adults.

How to make a family tree with your own hands

Where to start

Before you begin, you must determine for yourself why all this is needed. Are you in the mood for deep exploration, or is your goal just to share stories about your parents and grandparents with your children?

A well-defined goal will help you achieve the final result faster.

Think of a plan, break it down into small steps so you can easily track progress. And this will add to your motivation not to give up halfway through - believe me, you will need it.

Finding information about relatives

Once you've decided how far you want to go, the most interesting step is gathering information about relatives and distant ancestors. You will surely learn many funny and touching stories and find some distant relatives living on the other side of the world. Or maybe even reveal a family secret - who knows? To find as much information as possible and understand how to make a family tree of a family, use the following methods:

  • Questioning relatives

Start your search by interviewing your next of kin. Organize family tea gatherings with grandparents - they will be happy to share valuable memories. Arrange a video conference with those who live in other cities and countries, or just write to them on social networks.

  • Family archive analysis

Carefully study all documents, letters and diaries that have been preserved in your family. In birth, marriage and death certificates, passports, employment records and diplomas, you will find answers to key questions that are important for the pedigree. These records will help restore information that loved ones could not remember. Look through old photographs: perhaps the grandmother forgot to tell about her second cousin. Already at this stage, you can choose photo cards for your family tree.

  • Internet searches

Browse various genealogy websites and related resources for historical information. For example, the site "Feat of the People" provides open access to archival documents about the exploits and awards of all soldiers of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

Register on several thematic forums. For example, on the All-Russian Genealogical Tree forum, it is possible to search for a specific person by last name, regions and countries.

Try to find distant relatives of your generation on Odnoklassniki or VKontakte. But do not forget that in a correct genealogical research, any information must be confirmed by archival certificates.

  • Collection of information in registry offices and archives

If you are looking for information about marriage, dates of birth or death, please contact the registry office. If a relative has something to do with the army - for example, is a veteran of the Second World War - make a request to the military registration and enlistment office at the place of residence, service or conscription. But keep in mind: in order to obtain documents of deceased relatives, you must prove your relationship with them, providing, among other things, your birth certificate.

Don't hope for a quick result when searching for genealogy in archives. The process can take months or even years. But the information you find can greatly advance your research.

  • Contact the experts

If you do not want to spend time building a family tree, contact the professionals. Archives staff, designers, and specialty companies will help you find the information you need and create a family tree. In addition, with their help you can create a family tree book, a film presentation and even a family coat of arms.

What are the types of a family tree

There are several methods for compiling a tree.

  • Descending tree

The family scheme is formed from an ancestor to descendants. This design method allows you to visually trace the history of the family from distant times to the present day.

  • Pedigree

Compiled from a person to his ancestors. Such a structure will be especially convenient for those who have not yet completed the search for information and are consistently moving from the known to the unknown.

  • Round table

It is built in a circle, in the center of which one of the children is placed. The second, outer, circle is divided in half and the data of the mother and father are recorded in it. In the third circle, cut into four parts, grandparents are indicated. Then a fourth circle is added, which is divided into eight parts, and so on. This type of tree is quite rare. But this scheme is the most compact.

How to arrange a family tree

  • Family tree on computer

Programs for creating a family tree will help you save time and get a guaranteed result. Use the MyHeritage online service or GenoPro, Family Tree Builder or Tree of Life software. Choose a template, enter your pedigree data and enjoy the result.

You can also find or draw an empty tree yourself in a graphics editor.

  • DIY family tree

Get creative with your family tree results. We have selected a few examples for you to inspire.

Family box

For each ancestor, a box is wound up or one cell is allocated, in which documents, photos, objects are placed. By opening such a box, you can touch the past and find out what kind of person your ancestor was.

Generic tree from local materials

This design option is perfect for a kindergarten or school project.

Family tree in album

Decorative stand with photo frames

How to work with the family tree template

We have prepared two templates that both children and adults will love.

Open Tree Template for Adults

Open Tree Template for Children

Templates can be used both electronically and in print.

  • Print out a blank template and include drawings or photos of yourself and your ancestors.
  • Use a photo editor and paste the scanned images into a template. Print the result.

Filling out a template in Picverse Photo Editor

In Picverse Photo Editor you can not only edit pictures and insert them into a template, but also restore old photos.

Check out our sample of filling out the template - it will be easier for you to figure out how to draw up a family tree correctly.

1) Launch Picverse Photo Editor.

2) If you want to restore photo that has lost its appearance due to old age, open the image in the program. In the tab Correction in the panel on the right, select the option Manual . Open block Smart Restoration . If you want to convert black and white photos to color, activate the switch Make color . Press button Restore . Photos will be automatically restored.

3) In order to adjust colors and sharpness , in the same tab Correction open the required block and change the necessary parameters. Save the result.

4) To add a picture to template , click File –> Open and select the downloaded template to fill. Then go to tab Insert picture and open the photo you want to insert. To resize the inserted photo, drag the corners of the dotted box. Rotate the photo using the arrow button. If you are happy with the result, press Apply .

5) Once you have inserted all the images, click File –> Save .

Creating a genealogical family tree is the first steps towards discovering the history of a kind

Anyone who has the desire, time and patience can take the very first steps towards finding out their pedigree, compiling a genealogical tree of the genus.

It often starts with a desire to instill in children an interest in family traditions. Then you can start by building an adapted children's genealogical tree of the family. In this case, it is important to use fascinating information that the child can understand. It is necessary to draw a colorful family tree with an extensive crown and developed roots.

For better visualization, when compiling a family tree for children, it is useful to decorate the branches of the plant corresponding to individual family members with their photographs.

When you research your pedigree with a specialized company, you are more likely to find "lost" branches in your family tree. You can find your contemporaries who are unconditional blood relatives, with whom communication was interrupted.

Thus, building a family tree allows you not only to get to know your family tree better, but also to find new soul mates who are ready to support you and help you in difficult times. Today, thanks to modern means of communication, including Internet services, each person has the opportunity to use a number of services free of charge: build a family tree, compile a name catalog of all family members with dates and places of birth and death, find out what role their ancestors played in history countries.

Some features of compiling a family tree

It is necessary to follow a series of simple steps in sequence. When compiling a family tree, first you need to enter all the data that you have: information about yourself, spouse, children, parents, grandfathers, grandmothers, and so on.

It is useful to scan photos of next of kin and attach them to the information entered. Then the family tree needs to be supplemented with other information that is not yet known to you. You should turn to elderly relatives who are probably ready to share the information you are interested in about your ancestors.

In order to properly make a family tree, it is useful to use a questionnaire of the most important questions: date and place of birth, full name of the person of interest, years of work, when and with whom did he start a family, did he have children, etc.

It is necessary to clearly enter the last names and other information you received into the family tree. If the materials you have collected are not enough, you should visit the archives, submit requests to specialized repositories. It is not recommended for amateurs to use the existing databases online, because only an experienced historian-researcher will be able to assess the reliability of the information.

In case you want to know the full depth of your family tree, but you don't have time to do research yourself and you want to get the most reliable picture, you can always order a family tree and family history research in a specialized company. In this case, professional genealogists, journalists, and local historians will come to the rescue, who will carefully examine your genealogy and rediscover the history and traditions of your family for you.

About family tree

Graphic representations of genealogies are very diverse. The most widespread genealogies are in the form of a genealogical family tree, which was one of the modifications of the “tree of life”, which connects the past, present and future, the idea of ​​immortality and the eternal continuation of life triumphs in it.

The same meaning was attached to the family tree. its leaves die and fall, but the family tree itself continues to live. When creating a family tree, the name of the ancestor was usually placed on the base, and the names, portraits and coats of arms of his descendants were placed in cartouches (medallions) on the trunk and branches.

Noble families have always strived to preserve knowledge about the history of the family, and the duty of the growing heirs was an impeccable knowledge of their genealogy and the role of their ancestors in the history of the state.

For example, the Rurik family compiled the family tree of their family with great care and concern. The first tsarist dynasty of Russia has always known family origins and honored traditions. It is equally important today to have an idea of ​​​​one's own roots and to know the history and origin of the family. And in order for your family tree to be presented most clearly, it is useful to create, for example, a book about family history based on the family tree.

Types of family trees and features of their compilation

The family tree can be descending or ascending. In the ascending tree, an individual person (for example, the customer of the research) is taken as the basis, and the branches of his ancestors line up from him. A descending family tree, on the contrary, is built starting from the most ancient ancestor along the male line, which is located at the top, descending to the descendants.

The family tree is considered to be the most visual, with the placement of all representatives belonging to the same generation on the same level. Such an arrangement of branches makes it possible to correlate the years of life of family members with significant events in history.

It is important for an enlightened person to realize himself not as a separate person, cut off from the “clan-tribe”, but as a significant link in the chain of generations. It is the solution of these problems that the study of one's pedigree serves.


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