|About the charts
We publish custom lineage charts which usually show one or more descents from one (or several) ancestor(s), usually to one or more living persons. These charts generally contain some biographical data and some illustrations. The charts may be printed on paper and then laminated or framed. Or they may be used in personal or family history websites. Data on the more recent generations (or perhaps on all generations in the chart) are supplied by the purchaser.
A custom lineage chart can tell a family story with greater impact.
A story about an interesting ancestor or relative is usually told with words and pictures. Being able to see a lineage chart showing the connection between the story's characters and modern family members can give the story more emotional impact.
Types of charts
Lineage chart as image file(s) for a website: A chart which is not very long is usually stored in a single JPG file (intermediate-sized example). However, if there are many generations, the chart can be broken up into two or more JPG files. It will often be split into one JPG file per generation; this allows the do-it-yourselfer to put the chart images in a column of a table and put illustrations in another column (sometimes in merged cells). Images are anti-aliased to optimize screen viewing when the font size in chart boxes would be small; note that anti-aliasing makes a printout of the chart image less crisp than a printout of the version optimized for printing (described immediately below).
• Patrilineal descent from earliest known male-line ancestor. (Example)
• Matrilineal descent from earliest known female-line ancestor (including, perhaps, a connection
via dotted line to one of the "seven daughters of Eve").
• Descent from or relation to a famous person. (One example) (Another example)
• Descent from a person whose activities make you eligible for membership in a hereditary society. (Example)
If you have some tentative ideas about a lineage chart, feel free to contact us for feedback, suggestions about illustrations, etc.
We also publish Some Ancient and Medieval Descents of Edward I of England, a notebook of loose-leaf illustrated annotated charts of some of the ancient and medieval ancestry of King Edward I (or John or Henry II or Henry I) of England; loose-leaf charts from these monarchs down to some immigrants to colonial America are also available.
Data from any of the charts in the Ancient and Medieval Descents notebook is available to extend a custom wall chart backwards in time. Purchase of the Ancient and Medieval Descents notebook is recommended for people purchasing charts based on it; it provides detailed documentation of all the lineages it contains.