I started by calling my local printer, Mathison’s, part of a regional chain. They’ll print a monochrome banner on 20 lb. white paper (like copier paper) up to 3 feet wide for 18 cents a square foot—that adds up to just $3.60 for a 3×5-foot chart and $5.40 for a 3×10-foot one.
Family tree chart printers
Ancestry Graphics & Printing charges $3 per linear foot for 2-foot-wide paper and $4.50 per linear foot for 3-foot-wide paper printed in black without pictures. That means you’ll pay $22.50 for a 3×5-foot chart and $45 for a 3×10-foot chart. Color printing costs $4.50 per linear foot on 2-foot-wide paper and $6.75 per linear foot on 3-foot-wide paper—totaling $33.75 for a 3×5-foot chart and $67.50 for a 3×10-foot one. These prices are for 24 lb. bright white paper. Heavier paper and 42-inch-wide paper are also available. This company has printed charts up to 250 feet long for family reunions.
Wholly Genes prints on heavy-duty paper; prices start at $19.95 for a 3×12-foot chart.
Save your chart as a JPG file, and you can have it printed as a large poster the same way you’d have a print made from a digital photo. Kodak Gallery charges $18.99 for a 20×30-inch print on matte or glossy paper, and you can pick up your prints at CVS or Target. For the same size print, Walgreens charges $19.99 and Shutterfly charges $22.99 and uses professional grade paper.
From the July 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine
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