Yesterday I wrote about expanding the usable space on the static pages of my blog (thanks to the Ancestral Wormhole blog). I particularly like the “Ancestors Tree’s” page in which TonyTimmons had displayed the pedigree trees of his four grandparents. At the time I asked about how he developed the images for those trees.
Impatient one that I am, I began today to develop my own “Ancestral Trees” page. Since I use Libre Office suite (a successor to OpenOffice.org), I opened the Drawing program and created boxes in which I could put text. Within each box I followed an abbreviated standard format for data in pedigree trees: Name; Birth Year and Place; Marriage Year and Place; Death Year and Place. It was necessary for me to enter all the data individually. (I had searched for a tree template that would work satisfactorily, but did not find one.)
I added some color to each of the boxes (and increased the transparency to 75-85% to tone down the color. After placing each of the boxes in their respective spots, I added lines to show the relationships. I saved the resulting image as a Libre Office Drawing file (.odg) and also exported it as a .jpeg file. The .odg file will allow me to add or change data in each of the trees as necessary. The .jpeg file allows me to 1) edit the file in GIMP (image manipulation program). I resized the image (removing a lot of white space) and added the title of the tree. The result of my editing the .jpeg files in GIMP was the four images which were uploaded onto my “Ancestral Trees” page.
I am pleased with the result. (You can check it out by clicking on the “Ancestral Trees” tab above.) These simple trees give me a quick view of where there is missing information in my records, as well as showing me what data I have. Of course, there are not source citations for these trees. They are just visual images and not a replacement for my RootsMagic 4 desktop softward or my TNG online website.