Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Surname Christmas Tree

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week’s mission was:

Pauleen (Cassmob) who writes the Family history across the seas blog started a Christmas meme in 2012 – see Deck the Halls – 2012 Christmas GeneaMeme.  So we will use that for SNGF this week (since very few readers did it in past years!):

I did this last year – Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Pauline’s Christmas gene-meme, so I decided to the challenge from Saturday, December 20, 2014:

Leslie Ann had a post on her Ancestors Live Here blog last year titled Wordless Wednesday — Surname Christmas Tree which I thought was a great idea for an SNGF challenge on a Surname Saturday.  Are you game?

 1)  Go see Leslie Ann’s post, and figure out how you could make something similar to hers or to mine below.  

 2)  Make your Surname Christmas Tree using your ancestral surnames – there’s no limit on the number of surnames – and decorate your tree as you wish.  

 3)  Show us your Surname Christmas Tree and tell us how you made it in a blog post of your own, in a Facebook post or in a Google+ post.

Here’s mine:

I pretty much set up the tree the same way Randy did, using Microsoft Word, and coloring the names in green for the branches, and brown for the trunk. However, I couldn’t find any images online I liked, so I took photos of decorations from our own tree, and removed the background, and cropped and resized them in word. Since I don’t have a star decoration anymore, I used the star shape for the star and a rectangle to attach the star to the tree. I chose gold as the background color, and then selected gradient, and then chose the second from the left, second from the top option.

I also didn’t create a PDF file – I simply reduced the view in Word to 60%, so that I could see the whole tree at once, and then used the Windows Snipping tool to create a PNG image.