I decided against using my Legacy database program I use for my own family history research and which I have used for my multi-generational series. I started with my word program, using the vertical bars and underscore keys to make connections. A lot of work, but it looked like this:
|Family pedigree developed in Word|
It was a hassle, especially keeping everything lined up and tabbing to get the form formatted. Actually it was not too bad until a child from each family decided to get married. Then again, isn't that what romance is all about?
Fine, but for putting together a pedigree chart by hand, I decided I needed to do the hourglass/butterfly design, and the size and nature of the Word characters did not cooperate too well with that venture.
|Same family pedigree on a spreadsheet|
So, copied and pasted what I had into a spreadsheet program, moved the information in the cells around and came up with this.
Instead of vertical bar marks, I used the cell outline feature that is part of my Windows 7 Excel program.
I like it better because it more clearly shows the marriage between the two families.
IMHO, much better!