Saturday, December 7, 2019

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!!


Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):



Back in 2013, Leslie Ann had a post on her Ancestors Live Here blog  titled Wordless Wednesday -- Surname Christmas Tree which I thought was a great idea for an SNGF challenge on a Surname Saturday.  We did it in 2018 last - see here!  Are you game?

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

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.  Please leave a comment here so we can all see your creation.

Here's mine:


That's my Angel Linda on the top of the tree!

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 Windows 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!  

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6 comments:

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

My tree hasn't changed much since 2013.

https://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/2013/12/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-surname.html

Janice M. Sellers said...

My tree looks exactly the same as last year.

http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/2018/12/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-make.html

Marian B. Wood said...

Hi Randy, I adapted your fun idea to my own personal genealogical situation and generated a word-cloud in the shape of a heart, featuring more than 80 names from my Jewish family tree. Here's the way it came out: https://climbingmyfamilytree.blogspot.com/2019/12/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-surname.html

Lacie P said...

Here is my Christmas surname tree: My post.

Linda Stufflebean said...

A bit of stress with the very slow internet, but I did it! https://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2019/12/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-68/

Catching Time Genealogy said...

This would make a great cover for a gift presentation.