My clients often want to display their family trees, but when they look at Twiggli family trees they tell us, “That’s no good for my family. Grandad was married three times, and Great Grandma married her cousin, and what about Grandma’s seven siblings and six half-brothers and sisters? They won’t all fit on the tree.”
We do not need to worry about any of these things for a Twiggli tree. Twiggli trees are straightforward pedigree charts, which include only the direct blood ancestors of a specific individual. The tree starts with a single (root) person, adds their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on, but no siblings, cousins, uncles and aunts, or second marriages, are displayed.
So how can I display ALL my relations?
The most likely reason that you’ll want a chart which includes all of your relations is for a family reunion. All relations charts can be very complicated, and infinitely variable, so they can’t be created using a fan or tree template like Twiggli. Depending on the depth of your research, these charts can be incredibly huge – at least several metres long!
The best way I’ve found to create an ‘All Relations’ chart is to use the genealogy and family tree software Family Historian. They will look something like this, where all relatives of the same type (e.g. all first cousins) can be laid out in the same row, so you can read off how people are related from the (optional) row labels – perfect for reunions!
Family Historian software offers both All Ancestors and Everyone charts. All Ancestors charts show a single (root) person or couple along with their parents, siblings, spouse(s), children, grandchildren, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and all other blood relatives. They do not show people who are not blood relatives, i.e. the relatives of people who have married into the family. If you’d like to include absolutely everybody in your gedcom, you’ll need to use the Family Historian Everyone diagram which shows all the people in your family tree file, and all of their relationships.
If you don’t want to buy Family Historian and organise the printing for yourself, there are various companies, such as MyHistory in the UK, who can do this for you.
Are there any alternatives to Family Historian?
Another genealogy software company which offers all relations trees is WinTree. Here’s an example of their output. As you can see it spreads across multiple pages.
Once you’ve generated you chart you’ll need to get it printed. You’ll need to find a printing company who can produce large format prints on a roll. Most large towns will have a printing company with this capability, so it should only take a couple of calls to track one down.
Is that all?
Sorry, that’s all I could find. Do please let us know if you find any other suppliers of all relations charts, and we’ll add them to this page.