# [bksvol-discuss] Re: Family trees in children's books

• From: Valerie Maples <vlmaples@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
• To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
• Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 09:29:29 -0800 (PST)

```Please let me know how  my final description was.  I ended up with this:

[image: Family tree showing five generations with parents Daniel  and Patience
as parents at the top. They had two daughters, Martha and Ruth.  Following
Martha's side, she had a daughter, Patience, who had a son, Tom, who  had a
daughter, Patience. The second sister, Ruth, had a daughter, Grace, who  had
three daughters, Sarah (mom to Timothy and Priscilla), Susan (mom to
Sarah-Jane) and Jane (mom to Titus). This chart shows that second Patience and
Grace are first cousins, Tom is a second cousin to Sarah, Susan, and Jane, and
the third Patience is a third cousin to Timothy, Priscilla, Sarah-Jane, and
Titus.]

Is that understandable? Valerie

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From: Judy s. <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thu, January 19, 2012 2:12:41 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Family trees in children's books

One way I've used successfully is to take each parent, and then do two ancestor
charts, one for the mother and one for the father that are at the 'start' of
the
family, using the technique I came up with to describe pedigrees and ancestor
charts for Bookshare. smile.

Since I used the mathematical models invented to describe the "pedigrees" of
royalty (can you believe there's an entire area of research devoted to that?
grin) it works well for describing family trees, as long as you break them this
way into what are really 'lineage pedigrees' or ancestor charts.

Here's a link to the page in the volunteer manual on how to describe pedigrees.
https://wiki.benetech.org/display/BSO/4.8+A.+Creating+written+descriptions+of+Pedigree+and+Ancestor+Charts

If you need any help with it, email me or give me a call and we'll see if we
can
figure it out together.

I'd better throw in a caveat here, although it doesn't apply to Valerie. smile.
The page and the technique are designed for sighted volunteers. So, don't waste
needs sight to use the technique because you have to look at an image of a
specialized kind of graph in order to turn it into an easy-to-understand
written
description of the information in the graph.

Judy s.

Valerie Maples wrote:
Hey, folks!
>
>
>I have a short children's chapter book (about 70 pages) with a portion of a
>five
>generation family tree (through third cousins of two sisters from same
>parents)
>and I have no idea how to describe or annotate it since it is a young reader's
>book.
>
>
>Suggestions greatly appreciated!
>
Valerie ```