Time Traveling with Family

The tree in XMind software, capped at 13 generations in this image, with different colors for different branches of the family (screenshot of the work)
An early experiment in family tree representation showing 27 generations of family members discovered in Eastern Europe, using Excel software to track the research, and in which each generation received its own color blocking to identify it across time (screenshot of work in progress)
A previous version of the family tree during the early expansion of research, in Excel, showing 28 generations with different colors by geographical region (screenshot of the work)
A template of the pages created in PowerPoint, that ultimately became too unwieldy to maintain once the generations began to stack up (screenshot of work in progress)
Typical XMind “mind mapping” templates that allow for an organized, creative flow of information to be documented, from the start menu of the software (screenshot of work in progress)
Researching places the family has lived and worked, over time, has been one of the great joys of the project. This house is in County Sligo, Ireland. (image via Google Street View)
A terracotta fragment found at Chandraketurgah in West Bengal, India (image via Google Search)
The current India-Bangladesh border area, without borders (image via Google Earth)
These buildings are typical of the historic wooden houses of Jonava, Lithuania, currently undergoing a process of architectural restoration (via Google Street View)
Using XMind’s stickers and markers to identify which ancestors came over on the Mayflower from England, and which ancestors are connected by genetics, or by historical events (screenshot of work in progress)
A screenshot of Google Earth, showing how the Ganges River has moved, in the areas my family lived in Bengal, in what is now the border area of India and Bangladesh (image via Google Earth)
A snippet of the current draft of our family tree, exported from XMind software into a printable PDF format (photo from my iPhone)
Swimming in different cultural and linguistic pools of data was easier when breaking up the research by a good night’s sleep in between — this is suburban Kolkata today, flying over previously independent village lands in what is now West Bengal, India. (image via Google Maps)
Screenshot of an original family record from London, England, documenting an ancestral marriage in 1566 (image via Ancestry.com)
Following the curve of the road through an ancestral village in Norfolk, England (image via Google Street View)
As an architect who specializes in historic structures (my day job), some of the imagery I found on Google Street View of family buildings and streets had a real impact on my imagination — this screenshot is from Dundee, Scotland. (image via Google Street View)



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Maia Kumari Bree Chowdhury

Maia Kumari Bree Chowdhury

Architect | Artist | Author #adaptivereuse #architecture #mixedmedia #ecofiction #solutionsjournalism www.mkbcstudio.com