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Hourglass Charts

An hourglass chart starts with a single individual somewhere around the center of the chart and then shows all of his ancestors above him and all of his descendants below him.  Depending upon the size of the family and the number of generations of ancestors and descendants you select to be shown, hourglass charts are normally wide like a descendant chart or vertical ancestor chart.  Hourglass charts are typically used for just a few generations of ancestors and a few generations of descendants, but can include numerous generations of ancestors. For example, you may want to start with yourself and show10-15 generations of your ancestors and 3-4 generations of your descendants.  If you're designing your own chart, your genealogy software program may lay out your information differently than the examples shown below; however, since we can print from most any genealogy software program, the actual design is not an issue for us. To view other examples of family tree charts, return to our examples page.
 

This is an example of an hourglass chart which begins towards the center and then branches upward to show 4 generations of ancestors, and then downward to show 3 generations of descendants.
Using 12 point bold for the names and 10 point regular for the birth, marriage, and death facts, this chart which includes 8 generations would measure about 5 feet wide.
 
hourglass chart
 
Here is an enlarged portion of the chart.
hourglass chart printing example

In addition to the other types of family tree charts shown on our examples page which you just came from, there are also many other examples of printed family tree charts on almost every page on our site, so please take the time to browse around for awhile. There are even a few examples of charts with a photographic background on our page about enhancing your chart. We've also included several tips to keep in mind on our page titled submitting your order that you might find helpful as you go about designing your chart.

We're so sure you'll love our genealogy printing services that we confidently provide a complete money back guarantee on all orders. We look forward to being able to work with you and your family.

Please call us at 630-653-8400 or e-mail us at sales@ancestryprinting.com if you have any questions about our family tree chart printing services or submitting your order.  International callers can also Skype us if preferred; however, we ask that you email us to set up a convenient time for a Skype to Skype call.  We are located in the central time zone of the U.S. (GMT/UTC-6 and -5 in the summer), and can make arrangements for incoming Skype to Skype calls up to around 10:00 PM local time on most nights. We only accept Skype to Skype calls that have been pre-arranged by email. 

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