Color-Coded Ancestry

Approximately five years ago, a family history blogger, J. Paul Hawthorne, a.k.a. the GeneaSpy, came up with a simple process of keeping track of his family’s birthplaces, using color-coded charts. He posted his idea on his blog, and that idea inspired others. What started as an easy way for him to trace his family places of origin quickly went viral, and amateur genealogists everywhere answered the call to color-code their charts.

I, however, somehow missed the message. As usual, I am a day late and a dollar short. So, since I am the last one to the shindig, the least that I can do is spice things up. As I am a communications/publications professional, I decided that I needed to zhuzh up my ancestral natal charts a bit. Everything is better with bling, my grandma would say.

So, without further adieu, here are my spouse’s family birthplaces, back to the second great-grandparents:

Wow, his maternal line certainly stayed rooted where they were planted, wouldn’t you say? I wonder how my ancestral natal chart, also back to the second greats, compares:

Well, there seems to be a little more uprooting and transplanting there, although not much.

So, what do you all think? Like what you see?

Have you ever created a color-coded ancestral birthplace chart? If so, what did you think? Are your family members migratory or have they stay rooted or do you have a bit of both in your family tree?

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  3. I created these myself. I was going to use Adobe InDesign, as it is my “go to” publications software, but I did not have that program on my personal laptop. Also, since most people do not use InDesign, I chose a more commonly owned program: Microsoft Word.


  4. Duane E Gills

    Did you use a particular program to produce those charts or just your own creative self?

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  5. Denise White

    I think mine will have lots of colors, as my ancestors moved a lot. I’m excited to create this color coded tree! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. My chart would be extremely colorful! I have one great grandparent who was born and died in the same county. My people were movers (but not Shakers!).😉

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  7. Reblogged this on Jude's Threshold and commented:

    A useful idea for researchers!

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  8. J Paul Hawthorne

    Love it! Very cool! Thanks for the mention!

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