Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make a Surname Christmas Tree

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision.  

Leslie Ann had a post on her Ancestors Live Here blog this week titled Wordless Wednesday -- Surname Christmas Tree which I thought was a great idea for an SNGF challenge on a Surname Saturday.  Are you game?

1)  Go see Leslie Ann's post, and figure out how you could make something similar to hers or to mine below.  

2)  Make your Surname Christmas Tree using your ancestral surnames - there's no limit on the number of surnames - and decorate your tree as you wish.  

3)  Show us your Surname Christmas Tree and tell us how you made it in a blog post of your own, in a Facebook post or in a Google+ post.

Here's mine:


Here's how I did it:

*  I used my word processor to add the surnames in an approximate tree shape.
*  I colored the surnames green for the tree and brown for the trunk.
*  I went to Google Images and looked for tree ornaments to decorate my tree, saved them, and inserted them into the word processing page.  
*  I saved the word processing page as a PDF file.
*  I opened the PDF file, reduced the magnification, and used the Winsdows Snipping Tool to create a JPG image.
*  I added the JPG image as above.

It did take me over an hour to create...I have over 10 generations of ancestral surnames on the tree above.  I hope I didn't spell any names wrong!

I showed you mine, now please show me yours!  

Thank you, Leslie Ann, for a great SNGF idea!


Coyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver

8 comments:

Dorene from Ohio said...

Randy, Mine is not nearly as beautiful as yours, but I had a lot of fun creating it!

http://graveyardrabbitofsanduskybay.blogspot.com/2013/12/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-december.html

Dorene

Michigan Girl said...

Here's mine Randy. Again, not as creative as yours, but fun to do.

http://www.michiganfamilytrails.com/2013/12/saturday-night-funsurname-christmas-tree.html

Diane

Mel said...

I cheated and used Tagxedo for mine:
http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2013/12/sngf-surname-christmas-tree/

Leslie Ann said...

Your tree looks awesome!

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

hi Randy (and Leslie Ann), thanks for this fun SNGF. I did get a bit carried away and did a few trees, so here are my links http://dorfprozeltenaus.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/happy-christmas-to-dorfprozelten-diaspora-in-australia/

and

http://cassmob.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/sngf-christmas-tree-family-and-places/

Pauleen

Lisa Gorrell said...

That was fun, Randy, though my tree is pretty simplistic--no decorations save the star on top. Here's mine:
http://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/2013/12/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-surname.html

MidwestAncesTree said...

Here is mine, Randy: http://midwestancestree.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-surname-christmas-tree.html

Leslie Ann said...

Here is my other one Randy http://ancestorslivehere.blogspot.com/2013/12/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-surname.html I just had to make a real Christmas tree :-)