As part of my quest to start saving my genealogical research on paper, I built a small system for generating family sheet PDFs. (Kind of like my family group record redesigns.)
It takes input like this:
SE-0007: father: name: José Antonio Fuentevilla Fuentevilla birth: date: 13 Apr 1809 place: Polanco, Santander, Spain death: date: 23 Dec 1878 place: Polanco, Santander, Spain parents: father: José Fuentevilla Piñera mother: Vicenta Manuela Fuentevilla Ruiz link: SE-0013 mother: name: Manuela Gándara Cobo birth: date: about 1811 place: Setién, Marina de Cudeyo, Santander, Spain death: date: 30 Nov 1879 place: Polanco, Santander, Spain parents: father: José Gandara Valdecilla mother: Josefa Cobo Palacio marriage: date: 30 Dec 1829 place: Polanco, Santander, Spain children: - name: "[unnamed infant]" birth: date: about 1830 place: Polanco, Santander, Spain death: date: 14 Jan 1831 place: Polanco, Santander, Spain - name: Josefa Fuentevilla Gandara birth: date: 31 Jul 1832 place: Polanco, Santander, Spain death: date: 5 Aug 1834 place: Polanco, Santander, Spain ...
And then generates an HTML page which I can then load in a browser and print to get this:
I’m using a page-naming scheme that helps me know which side of my family it’s on. The numbering is in order of creation. The family sparklines show an overview of the family. There’s a notes section (not shown) where I include notes on the family and what research we still need to do. The age calculations are primitive but get the idea across.
It takes a bit of time to copy things out of FamilySearch and keep it up to date, but I’m finding that these sheets help me see what work I still need to do. And it’s nice having something material and persistent so I’m not always on a screen.
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