With the appearance of my new MacLean page on my blog, my daughter asked me why I didn’t have trees clearly showing all the relatives. She said lists were hard to follow. The surprising part of that conversation, of course, is that we were discussing genealogy at all. That doesn’t often happen.
The more I thought about it, the more sense it made to put up, in picture form, images of large segments of my tree, so that the connections and family names could be seen in their proper context. My text can be complicated and, well, there’s nothing like a picture.
Here is my tree, with some speculative segments removed, back about 10 or 11 generations, where possible, although they often go farther.
My mother’s family
My mother’s parents are Miles Edward Baldwin (1893-1979) and Edna May Darling (1905-1999). My mother’s grandparents are below, with a pdf of each tree next to the name.
- Miles Edward Baldwin, Sr (1863-1926) Pedigree Chart for Miles Edward Baldwin
- Bessie Blanche Martin Baldwin (1870-1897) Pedigree Chart for Bessie Blanche Martin
- Russell Earl Darling (1883-1959) Pedigree Chart for Russell Earl Darling
- Eva Louise Murdock Darling (1884-1981) Pedigree Chart for Eva Louise Murdock
These are large pdf’s and will take a minute to open. The trees just contain names and dates, for the curious – no sources, so they are not useful for research or as proof of relationships.
My father’s family
My father’s family, from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, has been harder to research, but what is known so far is on two charts, below, one for each of dad’s parents:
- John Alexander MacLean (1892-1933) Pedigree Chart for John Alexander MacLean
- Josie May MacLeod MacLean (1892-1992) Pedigree Chart for Josie May MacLeod
These trees were quite simple to make with Family Tree Maker, using Publish – Pedigree Chart – Layout: Poster, Overlap: Fishtail, Generations: 8, with specifications for Items to include and Line styles. I colored male and females differently using the symbol for Box Borders and Line Options. After opening that up, the “Boxes” list allows you to make choices about various types of data. To get the generation labels, I clicked the box in the list that appears towards the bottom of the Pedigree Chart Options section. When all is ready, the “Share” button allows you to export as a single page pdf. I saved the style as a custom template so I can easily remake these from time to time. They will also live on my Family Names page, which gets a lot of views.
I don’t think about this often enough, but a beautiful rendition of a family tree is something I really like, and haven’t done much with. I need to take a closer look at Family Chart Masters when they come to NERGC in April. Their work is beautiful and they can customize just for you.
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