Does the main tree have a 3 dimensional shape?

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PDoes the main tree have a 3 dimensional shape?
in The Tree House by Sir William Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster G2G6 Pilot (171k points)
It would be cool if we could see the big tree and all the connections, but I don't think its possible, but I reckon would look like the pictures on google if you search "twitter connections map"

On a less serious note ♫

I have two, 4 feet by 8 feet cork pegboards beside & in front of my computer desk.

I printed the fan charts for both my parents. They are color coded.  The charts only show 6 generations. I then printed the next fullest 7th generation person and printed their charts and pined their chart above the first, then repeated for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th - 12th chart. 

I used an 8 feet long 1'' x 2'' board and drew a line (all starting in the first chart) using 12 different color pens/markers to the center of each connected chart. Almost like using different colored string & pins.

It is labor intensive to set up, but it makes for a great visual reference tool. Helps a lot when you have two, two, one & one wikipedia window/s open on the monitor at the same time.

After the initial set up described above is completed, I then make mini flip pages that fold & unfold with all of each persons children & multiple spouses.

When completed, it is visually stunning & warrants making photo images to share with your close family.

Even after doing all this, I still do not have enough room to put my 20th Grandfather Henricus Edmundiston into this system, not to mention my 35th Gr Gf Charlemagne Carolingian .

I am open to and welcome suggestions / ideas on how to incorporate these longer branches upon the cork-boards. JPV IV :)

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by Anonymous Vickery G2G6 Pilot (240k points)
edited by Anonymous Vickery
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I once drew a huge family tree chart (very elaborately done) as a gift for my father. It was very flat. But when you draw those trees you have, you, then your parents and then your grandparents etc. Flat works fine. But your question has inspired me to think about the familiy of my spouse which would intersect my flat tree (perhaps at a 90 angle.) Most everyone on the tree has relations (siblings, spouses of siblings, cousins) that just won't fit onto that flat surface so they intersect and the intersects have intersects.

Well look at that I have a Mighty "3 dimensional" Oak Tree.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
edited by Anne B
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We need to think about how many genetic connections we have.  I have parents and a wife.  The question, mathematically is if by expanding the area available indefinitely a tree can avoid having bridges.  Start laying out a graph of a tree and you'll quickly see that all will be well until you get to a person who belongs in two or more "boxes" at which point you mush go to a 3rd dimension. If anyone here is good at geometric typology a proof should be pretty easy.  I took a course on mathematical typology in college, but it's rather different that the geometric variety.  I'm not sure if a proof would require using the 4 color theorem or whether a more simple proof would do.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (407k points)

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