One of the genealogy blogs I love to read is Leaves for Trees written by Heather Kuhn Roelker. One of the reasons I enjoy the blog so much is the graphics and photos that are included in the posts. Check out this Surname Saturday post about James Madison Thomas. The post includes fun graphics that highlight the children of James Thomas, a map, a snippet from a book, and a marriage record. Having more than just letters on a page makes for a fun read.
Heather Kuhn Roelker has written a couple of posts on her blog about how she creates the graphics and timelines in Excel. Check them out at SmartArt and Excel Timelines. I used the directions for the SmartArt graphics in my Sunday’s Obituary – Lydia Ummel Lawbaugh. Here is my first attempt at making a timeline in excel:
I can’t thank Heather enough. By sharing her tricks with Excel, my blog will be a better looking place to visit.