How to setup a family tree picture frame

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How to setup a family tree picture frame
Family tree picture frames allow for numerous photographs to be displayed in one organised unit. (funeraire image by Zeno from

Family tree picture frames provide a wonderful means to celebrate family ties and the lineage of ancestors. Dusting off old family photos and grouping them together in an attractive frame allows families to display images of loved ones, remind younger family members of their ancestry, and create a conversation piece and jumping-off point for family members to share stories about one another. You can organise family tree photos in several different ways, including arranging photos into a tree-shaped frame or clustering individually-framed portraits around a central group photo.

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  • Photos of family members
  • Picture frame/s

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    Sift through family photos and select images that are clear, bright and show family members in their best light. Decide if the photos would be better featured in a store-bought family tree picture frame or framed individually and arranged into a cluster of photos on a wall or tabletop.

    How to setup a family tree picture frame
    Select photographs of individuals or groups to be featured in the family tree picture frame. (Grandfather with his little granddaughter image by NiDerLander from
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    Purchase or design a picture frame that is shaped like a tree, with small, individual frames, if this shape is preferred. Opt for this framing style if the selected photographs are of similar size. Place a photograph of the oldest family member to be featured at the top of the tree. Fill the frames in descending order based on family rank, with siblings sharing the same rows. Place portraits of spouses beside each other with their children beneath. Accommodate larger families by placing group photos of spouses or siblings within single frames on the tree.

    How to setup a family tree picture frame
    Organise the tree with the oldest family members featured at the top of the tree. (family tree image by Judy Ben Joud from
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    Cluster individually-framed portraits and photographs together on a table or on the wall. Center the frames around a group shot, such as a posed wedding portrait with all the siblings and spouses, or a group picture from a family reunion. Position portraits of grandparents or great-grandparents above or behind the group shot. Place framed portraits of siblings and spouses to the left and right, and younger family members below. Consider this option if the selected photographs vary greatly in size or if the family is large.

    How to setup a family tree picture frame
    Clustering allows for a wider range of photographs to be incorporated into a visual family tree. (Bildrahmen image by Angelika Bentin from

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