This July my mother's grandparents' family will hold their first family reunion in twenty years. I've been asked to come up with a wall chart so everyone can see how they fit in. Using Legacy Family Tree's charting software, this should be pretty simple, but I've got some ideas on how to make it really pop. I've included the step-by-step instructions below.
First, in Legacy, from the My Toolbar tab, click on Legacy Charting.
Next, select the Standard Descendant chart.
Zoomed so I can see the entire chart on the screen, it looks like this (click to enlarge...). I like the default colors in the Descendancy Chart. Notice how each child's descendancy of the main couple has their own color. This makes it easier to separate the families.
Here I've zoomed in on my family's part of the chart (personal info blurred):
My favorite "theme" is the mug shot theme. Select it by clicking on Appearance > Themes > Mug Shot. Pretty small here, but it makes it easy to see who I'm missing pictures of.
Here's a close-up of my family:
Notice the larger pictures? Also the names and lifespan are shown beneath the pictures.
So...I'm missing a lot of pictures. I'm beginning to use the Publish > Email tool to email a PDF of this chart to all families. Once they send me their digital image, here's how to add it:
- In Legacy, navigate to the desired person and click on their Media Gallery button.
- Click on Add Media > Picture, browse to the location where you saved their picture, click on it, and click Open.
- Type a caption if desired, and click the Close button. The picture will now appear on the chart the next time you launch Charting.
If someone sends me an updated photo, here's how to replace the older one:
- Do everything as described above to add the picture.
- With the newly-added picture selected in the Media Gallery, click on Options > Set as Preferred. The new picture will now how an asterisk next to its assigned number.
- Launch Charting to see the changes.
My daughter is growing up way too fast. Today was her pre-school graduation day.
In addition to contacting my cousins and "pleading" for pictures, I need to take updated pictures of the rest of my children. Too bad my digital camera was stolen recently...I had to get a new one this week (how sad was I, really, about my camera being stolen? it forced me to replace it...). Now I get to learn how to use my Nikon D5300. I've never had a DSLR digital camera before but it is beginning to take amazing pictures.
When I am ready to print the chart for the reunion, I have these four choices. 1) Print - print to my printer and tape the forty 8.5x11" pages together. 2) Export to File - take the PDF or JPG into my local printing store. 3) Email - just send everyone the finished electronic copy. 4) Order Chart - this is the one I will choose. Legacy's chart printing service will send me the chart on a continuous roll of paper.
At 14 feet wide and 2 feet tall, $28 isn't bad at all.