How to Submit

Submitting your family tree information so I can make it into wall art is easy, but does require some preparation! Please read through this entire page before making your purchase. It’s worth it, I promise!

Step 1: Information Gathering

You probably already have most of this done, especially if you use a research site like Ancestry.com. If you need help laying out what you’ll need in order to send your family tree to me, I have a handy 5-generation pedigree chart available for free download if you sign up for my newsletter here. Otherwise, just keep in mind that I need seven pieces of information about each person:

  1. A photo, ideally in JPEG format, titled with their full name
  2. Full name, including maiden name where applicable
  3. Parents’ names (except for those of the oldest featured generation)
  4. Spouse or partner name (if applicable)
  5. Date and location of birth
  6. Date and location of death (if applicable)
  7. Fun fact (optional; 140 character max)

Gather this info about everyone you want featured on your tree, and you’re set! I’ll teach you about formatting it in step 2.2.

Step 2.1: Sharing via Ancestry

The easiest way to share your family tree with me is to share it directly from Ancestry.com using their Share feature. If you don’t use Ancestry, please skip ahead to step 2.2.

If you do use Ancestry, go to your family tree page and generate a sharing link by clicking “Share” in the upper right-hand corner of the page:

Then, choose the third menu item on the right, “Shareable Link:”

Click “Create link,” making sure that “Can see living people” is selected. Otherwise, I won’t be able to see info for the living people you want to include on your tree!

Then click “Copy link.”

Send that copied link, as well as any additional info, fun facts, and pictures you want used, via email to rootsandleavesart@gmail.com. Then move on to the next step!

Step 2.2: Formatting for Email

When you send me your info via email, how much is in that email will be determined by whether or not you’ve shared anything with me via Ancestry. Remember, I need seven pieces of info from you about each person:

  1. A photo, ideally in JPEG format, titled with their full name
  2. Full name, including maiden name where applicable
  3. Parents’ names (except for those of the oldest generation)
  4. Spouse or partner name (if applicable)
  5. Date and location of birth
  6. Date and location of death (if applicable)
  7. Fun fact (optional; 140 character max)

If you shared your Ancestry tree with me, I likely already have most of the info; however, I will still need the preferred photo and fun fact (if you have one).

Please format your information like this example:

  1. Jane_Johnson.jpeg
  2. Jane, Katherine, Smith, Johnson
  3. Parents: Bob Smith and Karen Smith
  4. Spouse: Josh Johnson
  5. August 6, 1989 Palo Alto, CA
  6. June 18, 2019 San Diego, CA
  7. Volunteer firefighter in Southern California.

Note that the title of the image attached to the email must match the title listed with the person’s info. This is very important, because otherwise I won’t know which photo goes with which person! If your person is in a photo with multiple other family members (such as a spouse or a sibling), make copies of the photo and include it twice, titled differently with the respective people’s names. If I can’t discern which person is which in a photo, I will contact you to ask. A prompt response will help me get your tree done faster! Be sure to include your phone number in your email if you prefer to be contacted by phone.

Step 3: Submit!

This is the exciting part – where you sit back and let me do all the work! Purchase your tree by sending the payment through PayPal.me, then send that email on its way to my inbox within 48 hours. I will let you know as soon as I see it and contact you if I have any questions. If everything I’ve requested is there, your estimated completion date will be three weeks out (four for 5-generation trees). If I need clarification or more information, I will reach out as needed.

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