Posted by lorilee on May 31, 2013 in MyCanvas

As we enter the summer months, many of us will be attending family reunions. These are wonderful opportunities to reconnect with family members we don’t get to see very often.

At these reunions, it can be challenging to explain how everyone in the family is related. Family Tree Posters from MyCanvas can be a fun, visual way to show the basic family tree at these gatherings. A standard poster will show a person’s parents, grandparents and great-grandparents up to nine generations.  A descendant poster will show three to four generations of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. These two posters enable you to show several generations of your family history so everyone in attendance can see where they fit in.

To create your own Family Tree Poster just click on the PUBLISH button on then click on Family Tree Posters on the left.  This article will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create these posters.

Six Generation Descendant Poster
Six Generation Standard Poster

I recommend that you start your poster with an ancestor that is common to everyone attending the family reunion. This will make the posters applicable to more family members than they would be if you start with yourself.

If other relatives want copies of the posters, you can simply collect their email addresses, and send them an email invitation to view the project. From this invitation they can place their own orders so you don’t have to be the middle man, collecting money and placing orders for everyone.

This article will show you how to send an email invitation.

Four Generation Descendant Chart
Four Generation Descendant Chart

I hope you enjoy your family reunions this summer, and are able to find a way to share your family history with many of your family members.

P.S. – Click here for a look at how one of our customers customized a descendant chart for her own family reunion.


  1. Tiffany Howard

    How do you customize one for your own needs like the example link provided? I want one that looks like that but when I try to make one on there isn’t a template like the example. I also didn’t see anywhere to customize one to our own needs. Thanks!

  2. lorilee

    Tiffany – You can customize your MyCanvas posters, just as the one used in the link in this article. This customer started with the basic Descendant poster, and then went to work. You can click and drag on any item on the poster to create your own lay-out, such as this customer did. You can duplicate the lines by clicking on them, and then click on the second to the last icon on the yellow toolbar. Also, on the toolbar above the poster, you can click on Show Grid to help you line things up as you create your own design. I also duplicate one of the existing text boxes when I want to add text. When you do this, rather that open a new Text box, the fonts will automatically match the other fonts on the poster.

  3. Anne

    In 1967 I attended a Family Reunion and was the genealogist in residence. I had a photograph of the Reunion taken in 1937, and also one in 1889. I was so fortunate as there was an elderly women in attendance in 1967 that was the baby in the photo in 1889 and able to tell me who others were in that photo. I was able to bring many of the lines down. Plus it was such a joy during all the college riots to meet wonderful, stable, honest and hardworking people. They existed! No hands out for government support, just work hard. I am a strong believer in reunions. Families give you strength.

  4. Names collected by Family Tree for many years are available through Family Search Family Tree. Family Search Family Tree contains records from databases familiar to many genealogists, such as the Ancestral File, the International Genealogical Index , Pedigree Resource Files , LDS Church Membership records, and other record types. Celebrating My Family Tree and Me allows you to search through the records of this database.In this week’s show I take a look at the Mac application Family Tree Maker and examine how to sync with your online family trees.

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