Hello there! We're Kesler and Jane, the husband and wife team behind Family Tree Chart (as well as a few other businesses, like Bookroo—we love to work together!) Kesler, who has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford in design tools, gets credit for our swanky and sophisticated software and Jane makes everything look good and run smoothly! We have two little boys who are in charge of team moral and mental health breaks and are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which is where our interest in genealogy began.
Why Family Tree Chart
When I was a little girl, my mom created a beautiful genealogy chart for our living room and another copy for my grandmother, all by hand. My grandmother’s copy has become a treasured keepsake since her passing and my mother’s chart still hangs in a prominent place in our living room. It is the most commented upon item in the room, and has provided wonderful opportunities for us to remember where we came from over the years as we shared our love of forever families with those who have come into our home.
Several years ago, my husband and I were in charge of the siblings’ group gift for his parents and inspired by the experience of having a beautiful genealogy chart prominently displayed in my home growing up, we set out to create such a chart for my mother-in-law. We purchased a nice template from an Etsy vendor, and then spent 40+ hours perfectly formatting 9 generations of genealogy. The finished product was spectacular, but the process (as it had been for my mother creating her chart!) was painstaking and painful. Realizing how much we, each of our siblings and respective grandparents would enjoy such a chart in our homes, but that none of the work would transfer, we set out to find a better way.
Family Tree Chart (formerly known as Family Tree Prints) is the product of our combined efforts. We hope that it will allow you to create a beautiful (and modern!) custom family tree to display in your own home. When made beautifully, family trees are both stunning wall art, a meaningful reminder of our heritage and a subtle force for strengthening family bonds.
Want to chat? Don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, comments or suggestions--we'd love to help!
Kesler & Jane