Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Heritage Pie Chart" Revisited

This past week Randy Seaver of Gena-Musings once again provided Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. This challenge was to create a "Heritage Pie" using birth locations from your great-great grandparents. I particularly enjoyed this challenge being a visual learner.

Going a step further I decided to compare my chart with my husband's family. The idea being to illustrate our diverse ancestry. Every line of Doug's family has been in the United States from late 1600's to early 1700's. Most of my ancestors immigrated during the mid to late 1800's.

After creating the separate charts I "blended" them together creating our children's ancestry pie chart.

My daughter visited for dinner Tuesday and the topic of this post came up during conversation. How exciting to hear my children actually read the blog!

Starr related how her husband was sitting in their living room reading my recent blog posts. Suddenly he remarked "Oh my, your Mom is doing pie charts now!" Always fun when I can entertain the younger crowd.

As my daughter was sitting with me reading the post again she remarked how varied is her heritage. This exercise was a great opportunity to discuss her genealogy. Her eyes never once glazed over as when I'm explaining the various branches of the family tree.

Young or old this challenge is a wonderful opportunity to illustrate your family history. Thanks again Randy!


  1. I missed the SNGF but created two charts the following day just out of curiosity. I didn't do a blog on it or blend them as you did but will definitely consider that because I'm sure my adult children would be interested in seeing the results. Thanks for a great idea!

  2. Don't you love it when we can impress our children with our technological skills? My daughter often comments that she learns of new things from me.

  3. Thanks for the comments! I really enjoyed comparing the charts. Nothing like a visual to bring home info!