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Re-format Family Tree
James T Sobol
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My family tree created by Heritage is so long that printing and being able to read names is almost impossible.  Does anyone know if there is a way to move family segments around within the tree in order be able to print it on either letter or legal paper and still be able to read the names, etc.
James T Sobol
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RE: Re-format Family Tree
Athol Geoffrey Stewart
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James T Sobol wrote:

My family tree created by Heritage is so long that printing and being able to read names is almost impossible.  Does anyone know if there is a way to move family segments around within the tree in order be able to print it on either letter or legal paper and still be able to read the names, etc.

Hi,

I had the idea of (without actually changing the tree) doing an ancestor chart (fan shape, probably) to say seven generations (using myself as the starting point).  (And here there would be an overlap of two generations, as you will see, which would make it easier to consult the chart(s) and to see their place in relation to each other; you could see the same information at the top of the first chart and at the bottom of the others...) (and seven generations fits into, I think from memory, a single A3 sheet or two A4/letter sheets joined...) (Your local printery will do at least those double-sized sheets quite cheaply and the paper is heavier too).

Then do another similar ancestor chart FOR EACH OF THE SIXTEEN PEOPLE AT THE FIVE GENERATION LEVEL and you have say twelve generations. Or you could do  sixtyfour people at the seven generation level and you would have at least fourteen generations; but sixteen at the starting point for the new charts seems manageable.     Roughly paste the charts onto heavy paper/light card and you can store them easily, and just take out the one or two (the first, or one of the second, or the first AND one of the second ones) that would be probably all you want to see at the one time.

Or just store them flat and don't bother with the heavier backing.

I had thought of also printing this out as a working document so that I could easily refer to the complete tree, and at the same time see the GAPS; and then I could pencil in new names, and only reprint it when there were a lot of the gaps filled.

Simpler than it sounds; very simple. Most of what I wrote is 'why', and 'by-the-way', stuff, to make it easier to do and understand...

Regards,  Geoff.

Athol Geoffrey Stewart
Australia
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