I have an old Family Tree or Chart that dates back many centuries. It is a Surname Chart of Male-Line descendants in the form of a tree. It flows from the bottom upward and the trunk of the tree is the eldest Son of the eldest Son and so on. The branches are the remaining siblings which branch off to their siblings and so on.
What type of tree is this and where do I find information on the proper protocol?
Thank You Christia for your answer on my question. When I saw an email come through from Stack Exchange, I had no idea what it was. After reading it, I realized that it was an answer to my question posted over a year ago. I had forgotten about it completely.
Based on what you are saying, I believe my Great Aunt Daisy (1878) might have hired Mr. Meloy, or another artist, to draw up this tree the way she wanted it. I believe she might have had it done as a gift for her Brother, my Grandfather, Frederick George Sherman (1896). Their Father, George Sherman (1852) as well as my Grandfather are on the trunk of this tree. My Father, Russell Lester Sherman (1918) being the oldest of four, is on the truck as well. My Brother, Alan Wilber Sherman (1942) is the oldest of five and is also on the trunk. This is where the trunk stops. I, William T Sherman (1955) am the youngest of five and a branch off my Dad’s trunk. Two of my Brother Alan’s three Children are branches off his trunk and that’s where it stops. My Brother Alan had one Son, William Asa Sherman (1964) and two Daughters. William has been married and has Children, but no Sons. Next in line would be my Brother, Curtis Martin Sherman (1949), who had no Children. I would be next in line and had a Son, Jeffrey T Sherman (1980) who has a Son Preston T Sherman (2004).
So my question is, is it the correct protocol to place myself on the trunk, My Son on the trunk and his Son on the trunk? Or is there no correct protocol for this type of work and simply just the interpretation of an artist, in which case I can present it whichever way I please? I do have a location for the original Arthur Sherman Meloy work located at the New York Public Library and plan on getting copies or pictures of it in the near future.
Thank You for your time and knowledge on this subject.