Creating a Beautiful Family Tree
Aside from creating a family history so that future generations of your family will know who you are, one of the nicer gifts you can give your family is a graphical representation of your family tree.
I recently learned about Arbor Arts, an online company that provides beautiful family trees at a reasonable price. They have 16 tree templates to choose from that are about 28 inches wide and can hold up to 5 generations of information. Once you select the template you like you upload all the information about the family members into a very easy interface. You can also send them a list or spreadsheet with the same information. After that, they merge your family info with the selected design, print, mat and frame, if you so choose, and ship it to you. They print on 120 lb paper with high quality archival ink that is designed to resist fading for 200 years. All framing is done with archival quality mats and framed behind plexiglass for extra protection.
Prices of the tree run $99 with additional costs for matting and framing.
We have custom-designed several family trees for our clients and they can be very labor intensive and costly. I have to say that I am impressed with the designs of Arbor Art’s trees and think this is an excellent way to provide a tree at a reasonable cost.
Think about this as an option for your family reunions, birthday or anniversary gifts or a great gift for that person who has everything.
Stefani Twyford is a personal historian sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.