Is My Family Tree Suitable?

We can make a wide variety of family tree types into beautiful relation creations, but we do have limitations. Our prints are a fixed size, so only so many persons will fit in the available space and some chart types are easier to fit into a relation creation than others.

Number of Persons

We can generally fit around 140 persons into a print. That number is not a hard limit because the graphical person objects used for two married individuals usually take up less space than those used for two unmarried persons. Too many persons can cause the objects used to represent people to become small enough that they do not stand out from the background. For example, the river stones in the "Zen Rocks" theme could become as small as the gravel the stones lie on, making it hard to tell the difference between the stones and the gravel. The limited number makes a more attractive print.

The limit also comes from the names, birth dates, and death dates of the chart's persons that are written in the border area of the chart. There is only room for a certain amount of text.

If your family tree is too large then we can work with you to prune the tree so that it will fit on a print.

Family Tree Types

Family trees can be classified into several different types. Some types give us fewer options for creating an attractive arrangement. As above we will work with you to fit your tree into a relation creation.

Below are the usual family tree classifications.

Diagram of an ancestor family tree chart


Diagram of a descendent family tree chart


Diagram of a bow tie family tree chart

Bow Tie

  • Ancestor Tree

    An ancestor tree starts with a single individual or marriage and extends backwards through time, showing parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and so on. Genealogy software usually draws these charts vertically, bottom to top, or horizontally, left to right. We will use the most interesting arrangement, which may include circular or fan shapes.

    Ancestor family trees make great relation creations. We can handle charts that have ancestors of both spouses of a starting marriage.

  • Descendent Tree

    A descendent tree starts with a marriage and shows the successive generations. They are usually drawn top down with genealogy software. When searching for the most visually stunning layout for your relation creation, we will attempt to use many types of arrangements for these charts. We can often bend them into circular arrangements that have a fantastic appearance.

    Descendent charts can easily grow to be very wide at the bottom, so see the info about wide charts below.

  • Bow Tie Tree

    These trees are often referred to as hourglass trees or butterfly trees because of their shape. They have a person or marriage in the center. Ancestors extend to one side and descendents extend to the opposite side, so they can be considered a chart that combines an ancestor chart and a descendent chart. We commonly shape these charts into a circle then vary the size and position of the object used to represent persons. They can produce a beautiful relation creations.

  • Complex Tree

    Diagram of a complex family tree chart


    Family trees that do not fall into one of the above categories can be considered complex trees. This sort of tree could be a bow tie tree that has additional persons in the same generation as the central marriage, which prevents us from using a circular arrangement. We can draw most trees, but complex trees limit the number of options we have for finding the best looking arrangement.

Wide and Long Family Trees

Very wide family trees and very long (many generation) charts can present problems when we attempt to turn them into relation creations.

Diagram of a wide family tree chart


Diagram of a long family tree chart


We can have difficulty with complex charts that get very wide. The complexity eliminates the chance of bending the chart into a circle, which gives the most space for the many persons on an outside edge. Changing the chart into a classic ancestor, descendent, or bow tie tree will make it easier to display.

Charts with many generations present the most problems for us. These types of charts are more suited to being displayed on long banners rather than a single fixed sized print. Often we can fold a long chain of ancestors that has a single family per generation into a more compact chart, making it fit into one of our prints, but lots of generations with many persons per generation may prevent us from doing this.

In either case we will work with you to try to make your family tree chart into a fantastic looking relation creation.

Have Questions About Your Chart?

If you have questions about whether your family tree will make a good relation creation then we would be glad to look at it and give you an opinion. Register a user account on our site, upload your family tree file, and use our "Contact Us" page to send us a note. We will examine your family tree and email you an opinion.

If you have problems uploading your family tree then you can also use the email address on our contact page to send it to us.