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Framed genealogy charts as gifts

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A customer had a great question about framing EasyGenie genealogy charts: Do you sell picture frames to hang them once the charts are completed? I want to give my sons charts that they can display on a wall at their homes. What a fantastic gift idea! Not only will it help children and their family members remember their ancestry, but a framed, handwritten chart is an heirloom that reflects the character of the person who did the research and entered the information. We don't sell genealogy picture frames, but Amazon has a nice selection of 17 x 22 inch charts (like the one shown in the picture). Make sure...

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How are EasyGenie forms different than the free ones on the Internet?

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Sometimes people ask us why bother purchasing our printed genealogy forms, when it's possible to download free genealogy forms off the Internet. There are a number of reasons why.  Reason #1 EasyGenie forms are printed on acid-free paper on offset and high-quality digital printers. This is far different than the flimsy printer paper most people use at home. If properly stored, EasyGenie forms can last hundreds of years, and won't yellow or crumble. Quoting archivists at the Library of Congress: "Good quality paper stored in good conditions (cooler temperatures; 30-40% relative humidity) are able to last a long time -- even hundreds of years." Reason #2 EasyGenie has designs...

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How far back can you go with EasyGenie genealogy charts?

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I received a great question from someone on Facebook about how far back you can go with EasyGenie genealogy charts: How far back does the big print go? I can go back to beyond 15 generations. I have one that goes back to 400’s. My answer: The farthest a single chart goes back is 10 generations, which will take some people now alive back to about 1600 on certain lines. If you were to make a parent or grandparent the key person at the start of the chart, you could go back further on a single chart, to the 1500s. However,...

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Why don't pedigree charts show siblings of ancestors?

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Someone wrote to EasyGenie asking where to write the names of siblings of grandparents, great-grandparents, and further back on our new 10-generation pedigree chart. It's a good question. Pedigree charts are meant to show a person's pedigree: parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. of the primary person. It would be impossible to show all of the siblings, not only because each person on the chart has a different number of siblings, but also because the further you go back the less room is available to add lines and boxes. Taking a look at the picture above, you can see how crowded things start to get after 5...

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Genealogy gift idea: filled-in genealogy charts for non-genealogists

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Genealogy gift idea: filled-in genealogy charts for non-genealogists

Filled-in EasyGenie pedigree and fan charts make great gifts for non-genealogist friends who may not know much beyond their grandparents' generation. It's very easy to do, especially if you have a few data points to start with and are experienced with FamilySearch.org, Ancestry, or other data sources: Start with acid-free paper charts, such as the five-generation pedigree chart (see image) or the blank fan charts with family members.  Determine the source person's parents and/or grandparents and their approximate dates of birth. The source person on the chart could be the recipient of the gift or his or her parents.   Start...

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