Today I finished a genealogy task I’ve been working on for ages: computer drawn fan charts of all my direct ancestors. I wanted charts that were easy to update, would fit on an A4 page so I could print them at home, and can stick discretely on the wall as a visual guide to where I’ve got and where I need to do some research next. They’re not perfect but they’re meant to be working documents, not works of art.
Having had a career in advertising I’m proficient at desktop publishing, and having a Mac means access to fantastic software, so I’m not suggesting everyone does this! But if you want to have a go, you could download a template (there are plenty of them online), import it as a picture, then add your own text boxes. Or you could write the names in by hand on a tracing paper overlay over a printed blank chart. (In the past I’ve tried writing on printed blank charts but all it takes is one mistake to make a mess of it!)
I’ve done screen shots so you can see them, though they may not reproduce too well here. But at least you’ll get the idea. I did two of them, starting from my two sets of grandparents.
Now I’ve finally got something that gives me an overall visual I can see where the gaps are, and do some interesting analysis.