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From: "Bill Bienia" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Descendant Chart Format
Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 08:36:07 -0400
There are two models for displaying child descent relationships in box
1) A double line is drawn between the descendant and the spouse(s) and the
children are connected midway along this (these) line(s) with a single line.
(Some programs use a single line between spouses as well.) If there are two
spouses, one is drawn on either side of the descendant. These charts can
become confusing when there are more than two spouses.
2) The spouse is connected to the descendant with a single line and the
children are connected to the spouse with a single line. (Some programs use
a dotted line between spouses in this arrangement.) When a descendant has
several spouses, having the children connected to the spouse of the
descendant clearly associates the children with the respective spouse (and
the same convention serves for one as well as for two or more spouses.)
In either case the descendant may be male or female.
Does this help?
Bill Bienia, PLCGS
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:] On Behalf
> Of Cheryl Rothwell
> Sent: 28-May-08 10:42 AM
> To: apg
> Subject: [APG] Descendant Chart Format
> This question has been posed to me. A descendant chart [ancestor at top,
> descendants in waterfall below] made by a popular genealogy program shows
> the children sometimes coming from the mom, sometimes the dad. I didn't
> really believe that so she sent an example. She thought the line from the
> children should always come from the mom. [This has nothing to do with
> Jewish genealogy, just what she thought.]
> I thought the line for the children should come from the line that joins
> and dad rather than either one. In what TMG calls a descendant indented
> chart it appears to come from the mother who is under the father but
> not what she is referring to. Others asked had just never given it any
> So, is there a correct method? preferred method? anything goes?
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