The layout of a print is determined by the paper size in the printer with some possibility
of changing the total pages by adjusting the font size. I am guessing you are using an
A4/Letter printer that will divide the print into A4 size probably set to go across then
down to produce the full print. The problem is that to get a reasonable sized family tree
onto a single piece of paper requires a large format. I have managed this by using a
"print to pdf" set at A0 size paper . This will produce a single page the size
of 16 A4 pages. This can be put on a memory stick. I was fortunate to, then, know
somebody with access to an A0 plotter who made the print for me. For a booklet some
largest printers can be set to produce a stapled booklet. Size is limited as there is a
physical limit on how many folds you can make on one sheet of paper. Also I have seen in
mags etc. there are a number of companies that will produce a family tree print.
I use Rootsmagic (Free download available and Gedcom setup). As well as the trees, which
can be of sections of the total tree, the reports include a "narrative" option.
This, in effect, produces a Family History from the data entered. birth, census, work,
education etc. plus notes of interesting events. Again, you can use an individual start
point so you can separate maternals, paternals etc. The document can be produced as a pdf
or an rtf file which can be edited and formatted with Word. It is also easy to add or
delete media to avoid repetition or insert additional media. There is also an option to
generate a website.
Roots magic is supposedly to fully integrated with Ancestry but I have never tried.
From: Jane Lucas via DEVON [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 28 January 2019 09:55
Cc: Jane Lucas
Subject: [DEV] Family Tree Maker 2017
Hope this is an OK question to ask here. If not admins please let me know.
I’m wondering if anyone uses this desktop software and if so could you help with some
questions I have regarding the publishing features. I want to print out key parts of my
tree for my family and give them each a sort of booklet/folder presentation. I can’t do
the whole tree, there are too many people. So I’ve worked out how to do a vertical
pedigree for parts of the tree which include both paternal and maternal sides. That
results in a small scroll made up of 4 sheets of A4 which I have to stick together.
Sellotape is not ideal for long term. I’m wondering if I could put that on a memory stick
and take it to a printer.. haven’t investigated that bit yet.
I don’t want to print out individual profiles for every person either. For a lot of
people, all I know is that they were born/married/died. But like most of us, there are
individuals with very interesting stories. So I thought I would highlight individuals and
do a timeline for them adding interesting bits where appropriate or as a separate document
if several people are involved. I can’t see a better way to do that except by using the
timeline option. Unfortunately that doesn’t let me include sources/media, which is a
shame. I can however print sources and or media separately. The source option doesn’t
include media. But a lot of my Media events are in fact sources. So I want them in too, as
well as photos etc which are media. My family will not distinguish between a source and a
media event anyway. I’ve tried changing a media ’source’ to the Source category, but that
gets complicated because I synch with Ancestry and creating new Sources on Ancestry is
very time consuming. I don’t think I need to do that.
The publish Media option in FTM 2017 actually includes both (bit weird), and I like that
better. But if also includes the file locations for every piece on my computer. I can’t
choose to leave that out. I’m wondering if that might potentially have privacy issues if
my family were to hand any of that to people outside the family? I don’t know. I can’t
think of why it would, but appreciate any comments.
Any suggestions very gratefully received. I’ve been meaning to ‘present’ this for my
family for the past 2 years and more!
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