Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Ol’ Myrt here just received an email from John Groberg of www.geneartogy.com.

That is GeneARTogy.com [emphasis added.]

Being ever the curious type, Ol’ Myrt here wondered how this wall art website worked, in comparison with other genealogy chart printing services. What distinguishes this website is that YOU do the designing, using templates and fields for typing names and dates. YOU upload previously digitized photos, though, of course, Geneartogy will help you with that if necessary.

So, www.geneartogy.com has a cool interface where you simply choose a template (one of three background designs) then select:

  • Size (20x24, 24x30, 30x36)
  • Finish (not stretched, ready to frame, framed, etc.)
  • Font (don’t worry, chose one, and the font style shows up in the next space. I cycles back through them, bit by bit, to see which I preferred.)
You have 25 spaces to label the family tree, so “Gramma Pat’s Family Tree” would not fit. I still have to think about this. One might wish to make it something like:

(my father's surname - mother's maiden name)

Then you add photos, names and birth/death dates.

Positions on the resulting family tree are a little confusing UNLESS you click “Preview Family Tree Position” and print it out, so that you know where each image will appear on the family tree. For instance, I always advise people to put themselves as #1 in their genealogy management software like RootsMagic , Legacy, Master Genealogist or Ancestral Quest. But you won’t be appearing on the family tree, unless you wish to also have your spouse listed as number 2. Since my future spouse has nothing to do with my grandchildren’s pedigree, I’ve made another choice.

I elected to start with my father as number 1, and my mother as number 2.

The resulting family tree will include 4 generations, with photos, or silouettes for a total of four generations on both sides.

Oh, I’ve solved the problem of 20 spaces for the title of the tree. In looking at the preview of the resulting family tree, I see that “Family Tree” is already part of the design, so I can then use “Gramma Pat’s” as the title of the family tree to be printed on the final canvas. Using the websites project interface, it was easy for Ol' Myrt here to change the tree name.

Ol' Myrt noticed photo retouching and restoration services are available. From the pricing page we read the standard photo retouching service includes:

1-Proper Sizing/Cropping and Resolution for best fit in photo frames.

2-Background Replacement- makes all photos clean and consistent by removing
the differing backgrounds and replacing them with a standard one designed to work with the art.

3-Sepia Color Correction- converts all photos to a common sepia tone that will make the photos look like they all belong together. Due to differing densities of each photo, there will still be some variation, but they will look much better together than otherwise.

We recommend you select this option for all your photos so that they all come
out looking like they belong together in a single piece of art. If you order multiple copies of the same project, the photo editing service fees only apply to the first copy, not any additional copies.
The examples of before and after photos are mighty convincing. Such a service is necessary, especially if the photo you have of great-grampa would otherwise include the suit or dress of the person standing behind him in the family portrait.

While Ol' Myrt here has not yet seen the final product, I think this www.geneartogy.com service merits consideration.

Type into the cart at checkout that will save them 10% off any order. The code will be MYRTLE10. You may use it for both photo retouching and for final product purchase savings. Shipping is free as well (continental US ground). The code will expire Sept. 30 2009 and may be used by my DearREADERS up to 5 times before it expires.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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