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Family Trees

Family treesThis family tree starts with Robert Codman who married in 1637. It shows his descendants, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on all the way to 1929.  Each member of the family has his or her own apple, with their full name and the dates they were born, married, and died. The creator of the family tree used color to distinguish between family members with the last name Codman, shown in red, and family members with different last names, shown in yellow.

Trees are used to represent families because of the way in which families can grow and “branch out” when one couple has several children and then each of those children has several children and then each of those children has children.

Can you think of something other than a tree that could represent your family?

Related activity: Family Trees (PDF)

Family Trees