Chart your fam­ily his­tory

Use Num­bers with data from fam­ily tree re­search to com­pare gen­er­a­tions

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Re­search­ing your fam­ily tree can be fas­ci­nat­ing, but you still might end up with just a data­base of pho­tos and a few notes. Sim­ply show­ing who’s re­lated to whom makes for a dry read. His­tor­i­cal anec­dotes make your fam­ily his­tory more en­gag­ing, but you can also use more colour­ful and in­ter­ac­tive ways of pre­sent­ing what you’ve learned.

The in­for­ma­tion you com­pile, whether you’re us­ing an off­line app or an on­line fam­ily tree builder, cre­ates a data set you can ex­port and use to cre­ate charts and in­fo­graph­ics. Mul­ti­ple sto­ries of an­ces­tors em­i­grat­ing could thus be rep­re­sented with a map show­ing where they were all born and a cor­re­spond­ing one show­ing which coun­try they em­i­grated to.

By pulling your find­ings into a Num­bers spread­sheet you can also find common el­e­ments such as the av­er­age age peo­ple got mar­ried, most common first names and typ­i­cal hair colour.

Of course, the idea doesn’t just work for your an­ces­tors; you could ap­ply it to your Face­book friends or email con­tacts too; you only need a few de­tails to get started. Rosie Hat­ter­s­ley

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