With last week’s St. George Family History Expo still buzzing in my head, I started writing a post about all the amazing family history resources that had been represented there, but my list got way too long. Then I decided to narrow my focus and just highlight the cool FREE stuff that I found, but my list was still too long. SO, in an effort to bring you the whole cannoli, for the next few weeks I’ll be posting a little series called… (♫ da-da-ta-dah ♪♫) FREE STUFF FRIDAY!
(If you’re paying attention, you know that this was posted on a Saturday, but “Free Stuff Saturday” doesn’t have the same ring, and since I thought of the idea on a Friday, I’m going with it, so just play along.)
Freebie ‘o the Week: Tree Seek
Tree Seek is an up-and-coming chart company that allows you to create charts and print them for free! You just create a chart online, download the PDF, and print it wherever you want (Generations Maps will print the big ones for you for a very reasonable price). That includes a huge high-resolution 9-generation fan chart! And here’s the kicker – currently, everything on Tree Seek is FREE. Don’t wait, because I am very sure this “everything’s free” model isn’t going to last forever.
What you get:
- 9-Generation Fan Charts – SO cool! Display up to 511 ancestor names in a unique and attractive fan design. The eight closest paternal lines are color coded for reference and convenience in identifying your progress. Vector graphics allow you to print any size: it’s native dimensions are 22.5″ x 33.5″.
- Pedigree Charts
- Picture Charts – I’ll admit, this one is a little self-promotional, because Tree Seek gets their pictures from your Family Photoloom images on New FamilySearch. If that sounds complicated, don’t worry – from your perspective the process couldn’t be easier.
- Name Clouds – these are fun, and kids love them! Names that appear often appear larger; less often, smaller.
What it is/does: Gives you a great visual representation of your family lines for the cost of some printer ink.
How to get it: Go to TreeSeek.com and “authenticate” with New FamilySearch. You will be led through the process. It is very easy to do.
Downside? Yes – you must have a New FamilySearch account.
Why it’s cool: I wish this one had been around when my kids were little, because they were always coming up and telling me they needed a 4-generation chart for school or church or Girl Scouts or something. How cool is it to just print one out, pictures and all, in a couple of minutes?
Next Week: Here’s a hint – What can you get for Free next Friday that you can’t get at all today? Stay tuned to find out.