Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Trellis: the Chart With Everyone In It

One of the innovations Progeny has introduced to genealogy is the Trellis chart, "the chart with everyone in it".

trellis_bart.pngThe Trellis chart is a brand new way to tell the story of your family. It shows everyone in your family, in a way that no traditional box chart can do.

Based on research by a group of scientists, the Trellis is a diagonally-filled matrix, where rows are individuals and columns are nuclear families. Click here for more information.

The Trellis allows for interactive investigation of your family tree. With one click, you can highlight all the ancestors and descendants of an individual. Click a second person and you can see where their pedigrees intersect in a colorful display. Collapse the tree for a condensed view. Navigate up and down the tree with a simple click.
See review by DickEastman (registration required).  See video from original inventors of  Geneaquilts, on which Trellis is based.

Charting Companion with the Trellis is available for all genealogy programs. 

Get Charting Companion today and see your family in a Trellis! 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

How to display the new Family Tree Colors in your charts

The new 2017 edition of Family Tree Maker introduces exciting features, including the option to assign up to four colors to people in your family tree. You can color each branch of your ancestors, or lines of descendants, or by place of origin.

FTM 2017 is undergoing final testing, and will be available soon. 
Charting Companion fully supports the display of the FTM colors, in the Ancestor, Descendant, Hourglass, Bowtie, FractalDandelion and Fan charts. Only Charting Companion can offer you complete display of your FTM colors. 
Family Tree Maker colors displayed by Charting Companion

Family Tree Maker colors displayed by Charting Companion (click to enlarge)

The use of colors in FTM 2017 is limited only by your imagination. Be ready with Charting Companion when FTM 2017 hits the street!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tell the story of your family as an illustrated novel

I discovered the most original and attractive way to tell the story of your family at RootsTech this year: a graphic novel, or comic book.

Il Museo del Cognome  (the Museum of Family Names) can translate your family history into a vibrant and inspiring comic book. The Museo describes it best:
How many times have you tried to imagine your ancestors faces, habits and the places where they were born? ...the way of living of your forebears, their emotional bond with the homeland and the people with whom they surrounded themselves.

Have you ever walked through the narrow alleys, visited the churches where they went to pray, seen a rusty sign of an old small shop, rummaged in the cardboard box looking for photographs, letters, family memories? These are the things that bring your roots back to life.
Passengers on the MS Vulcania, ca. 1926
Send the Museo a description of some important family events, with photos if you have them, and the Museo will turn your narrative into an exciting comic-book strip that you can share with your family. Imagine the delight in the children's eyes as their ancestry comes alive in a familiar and appealing format.

The stories can be published in English as well as Italian and other languages.

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Family Tree Maker "Web Links"

Family Tree Maker has a Web Links feature:

Family Tree Maker Web Links

Although FTM does not appear to publish these Web Links at the present time, Charting Companion (6.4.39 and later) can display the Web Links in any chart or report that allows selection of event types.

You can display Web Links in the Standard Family Group Record:

Web Links in Family Group Record

You can display Web Links in any chart. Note that if you Publish as HTML, the Web Links are "hot" or clickable. Clicking on them will open a new browser tab to the Website. Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and Google+ links are highlighted with a special button. Click for true HTML page.

Chart with "clickable" links

You can display Web Links in an Ancestor or Descendant Book:

Web Links in Ancestor or Descendant Book

You can display Web Links in the Outline Descendant:

Web Links in Outline Descendant
When creating a chart, make sure that the "WebLink" event type is included in the list of events, and that "Place Names" is checked:

To click the links in Internet Explorer, click on "Allow blocked content".

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Genelines: Genealogy timelines

Genelines - Timeline Charting Software
GENELINES is one of the most powerful research and storytelling tools available to anyone researching their family tree.
By bringing together elements of time, history and family relationships on visual time line charts, Genelines (for Windows) software can bring your family tree to life.

Genelines automatically reads your family tree database so you don't need to re-enter your family information. For a complete list of compatible family tree database programs, click here.

Your choice of CD-ROM or Download!

Genelines features a suite of seven different timeline chart formats, consisting of two BIOGRAPHICAL and five RELATIONSHIP charts.

Each of these seven charts can be customized according to: timeline, historical events, personal or family events, colors and fonts.  

Unique in presentation, the Individual and Comparative Biographical Charts allow you to include such events as career path, relationships, place of residence, etc., and compare these life experiences with those of other relatives in your database.

You can even add historical events that were happening at different times during their lives to see how such events may have impacted the decisions they made and the directions they went.

The Relationship charts let you view your family pedigrees and lines of descent against a backdrop of historical events on the local, regional or world stage.

You can customize charts according to people, line of descent or family group, personal life details, color, and the history you wish to depict.

The relationship charts can explain a great deal about your family and how they lived and even allow you to add people who are not necessarily related.


All Genelines charts can be previewed and printed in full color, in various sizes - including wall charts - or published to PDF and incorporated into a web page or shared by e-mail. The Genelines form of presentation can be much more meaningful and easier to understand than a typical text based report, and can help you draw conclusions that may otherwise have been missed.
Genelines, a program that will help you:
- produce amazing timeline charts
- identify missing information
- highlight illogical or contradictory data
- expose duplicate persons
- focus your research
- assist with data collection
- help you understand your data better

An unbelievable program at an unbelievable price of $29.95 (Download) / $34.95 (CD-ROM).

For more information on Genelines, sample charts and research examples go to: http://progenygenealogy.com/products/timeline-charts.aspx

For more information on ordering your copy of Genelines 2.4 go to:

Or, if you would rather, call us at 902-681-3102 and place your order with us directly.

Such a valuable program at such a great price, now is the time to make it a part of your genealogy software library.

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Pierre Clouthier
President, Progeny Genealogy Inc.