The Duck Family Trees

            - My Duck Family Tree, which consider any sources (comics, movies, videogames) was started back in 2001:

At first, it was in a text only version inspired of Don Rosa's tree, Barks' sources, cartoon sources and also other famous characters, then it became illustrated and more and more enlarged. It's been built thanks to the help of the trees below, but also thanks to the help of dozens of people throughout the world in my researches, among them fellows from the DCML, and also thanks to the INDUCKS database, a very useful tool. 
I recently re-worked and made it into a ".pdf" format which is frequently updated...


            - American Duck Family Trees descending from Barks' 1950 tree :

Carl Barks' legendary 1950's Duck Family Tree, made only for private use, when he was evolving Duckburg and creating a sense of community around Donald Duck. It has been published in a fanzine prior to Mark Worden's illustrated version, probably after Barks gave the original away to a fan, and then in 1990 in an article in The Carl Barks Library, set 6, page 476, together with Worden's tree. 1950's
This is Mark Worden's illustrated version of Barks' 1950's tree, inked by Laron Williams, first published in the fanzine "Carl Barks Checklist", (Second Edition,1981), in an issue of the "CAPA-alpha" fanzine, in the Swedish comics fanzine "Bild & Bubbla", and eventually together with Barks' older tree in the Carl Barks Library article. Worden had seen Barks' tree reproduced in a fanzine and decided that the Duck family deserved better than a rough sketch. He then imagined facesto these characters,  inspired by background duck characters in Barks' stories. 1981
In a letter of March 31, Carl Barks roughed out this tree he made on Don Rosa's request, for the needs of his own tree. It's been reproduced as included on the letter in 1998 in a Geoffrey Blum article from Uncle Scrooge Adventures No. 42, which contains transcriptions of three letters to Rosa (the two I'm mentioning here and one dated November 3, 1990).Barks, who didn't remember about the 1950's one when making this version, worked backward from genealogic statements made in his 1948 story "Race to the South Seas" ("March of Comics" #41). 1991
Carl Barks's never published revised version of the 1991 tree, described in the Geoffrey Blum article, acted as a reaffirmation of the 1950's Tree without the complicated Gladstone story. After Don Rosa submitted him the 1950's tree he had forgot about, Barks sent a xerox of the 1991 tree, on April 22, 1991, to which he eliminated Gus Goose and Grandma's second daughter, and penciled in Old "Scotty" McDuck and $crooge's two sisters, but didn't provide names for Grandma's children (as opposed to Geoffrey Blum's statement). 1991
Supposed to end decades of contradictions between stories which caused confusion to readers, Don Rosa's Duck Family Tree, his most famous work (together with "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck" comicbook series), is inspired by Barks' 1950's sketches, Barks' two other versions included in some correspondance with him, and Worden's ideas about how the characters look like, to which he added other Barks characters, characters names from other Disney sources, and Fethry Duck (after a decision of Egmont, the European publisher). 1993
Netherlands chose to publish another version of Don Rosa's tree, totally redrawn by the artist Michel Nadorp, probably becasue either Nadorp or the publisher decided to "hide" Donald's parents and Grandpa Duck just as Don Rosa did with Huey, Dewey and Louie's father, thinking  it was better to keep them as mysterious characters.
It has been first published in 1995 in "Donald Duck" #1995-23, by the title "Stamboomposter".
(click on the picture to see it on Sigvald Grøsfjeld jr.'s website)


            - Duck Family Trees based on Disney Duck stories published in Germany and the Netherlands, descending from Grobian Gans' 1972 tree :

This is the first European Duck Family Tree ever built, and has been published in  "Die Ducks - Psykogramm einer sippe" by Grobian Gans published by Rowohlt Tashenbuch Verlag GmbH 1972, reprinted several times. It's a bit complicated but very well thought and complete, especially when you realize that it's only based on Disney stories published in Germany before the 1970's! The trees that have been influenced by this one may have changed some details but kept its general shape. 1972
This tree, made by the Dutch artist Ed van Schuijlenburg, has first been published both on the fourth cover of the Dutch "Donald Duck 50 jaar in beeld, Donalds leven van ei tot eend", and in its German equivalent "Disney-Sonderalbum #1 : Zum Geburtstag viel Glück, Donald", special issues for Donald Duck's 50th birthday. It's broadly inspired by Grobian Gans' tree, even though it added some characters, removed a few other, changed/simplified some other details, and provided pictures for each character. 1984
Volker Reiche's remake of Schuijlenburg's tree, published in the German "Die tollsten Geschichten von Donald Duck (Sonderheft)" #110. It's an exact copy of Ed van Schuijlenburg's, except that its design is fully (and beautifuly) redrawn. 1990
This tree has been published in the French "Picsou Magazine" #240 a special issue for the magazine's 20th anniversary. It seems to be broadly inspired of either Schuijlenburg's or Reiche's tree (given the positions of each character, and the fact that Scrooge and Grandma are siblings, while they don't have the same last name in French), but much less subtle, as it only includes well-known relatives. Unforgivable mistake : Zaza (Webby, Scrooge's adopted niece from the "DuckTales" series) is at Daisy's niece place instead of April, May and June (fr: Lili, Lulu et Zizi) ! 1992


            - Scandinavian Duck Family Trees based on Disney Duck stories that were published in Scandinavia only :

In 1973, the Norwegian Jon Gisle wrote "Donaldismen -- En muntert-vitenskapelig studie over Donald Duck og hans verden", a collection of theories and articles from the fanzine "Donaldisten". In this book, also published in Sweden by the title "Ankismen: En djupvetenskaplig studie i Kalle Anka och hans värld " in 1976, and in Denmark, "Andelogien", in 1979, he printed a Duck family tree he had drawn himself after studying the Norwegian Disney comic magazines from 1948 to 1972. This is just plain text with connecting lines, but it's quite interresting. 1973
Asger Pedersen's Ande-Aner tree was first inspired by other trees published in fanzines. Asger has then made researches through all comics published in Denmark until the early 1980's. It was scheduled to be printed in Dafi-nyt, a donaldist-fanzine, which was published in the 80es by Frank Madsen, who later became pro-comic artist, but the fanzine folded before Asger finished the tree and an article that followed. The first half of the article and the tree have now been printed in "DDF(R)appet" #6, and the second half and an index of the Duck relatives were published in # 7.


            - Duck Family Trees that were only elaborated from German prints of Carl Barks' stories, and thus can be qualified "D.o.n.a.l.d.istic" :

This genealogical table ("Ahnentafel") of the Ducks has been published in 1995 in "Die tollsten Geschichten von Donald Duck (Sonderheft)" #137.  It's only based on Dr. Erika Fuchs' German translations of Barks stories (except for the name Della which is from a Taliaferro strip), so we have some characters that have been made up in those translations. The links aren't shown between the characters, and silhouettes have been used for characters only appearing by name. Grote's tree is kind of a continuation of this one. 1995
This tree was a poster given with the excellent German book "Der Stammbaum der Ducks", from 1999, by Johnny A. Grote, and has probably been inspired by the Ahnentafel. It's only based on Dr. Erika Fucks' translations of Barks' stories for the characters' names, their relationships, and also their faces (to only named characters or the unnamed characters referred to in these stories, but also to the unnamed parents of important characters, Grote did a great job associating portraits often seen on walls in the background of Barks' stories). 1999


            - Other Duck Family Trees from various publications :

This one is from Finnish "Aku Ankka" suscribers gift, a calendar, from 1981. It's based on the finnish names of the characters, and also probably on statements about their genealogy made in  Phil De Lara and Vic Lockman's "The Castle Heirs", from 1955 (the Duck Clan coat of arms on the tree is from that story). So Scrooge is shown to be Grandma's brother, and also to have two other unnamed brothers! There was a line linking Donald and Fethry, but it was a mistake, corrected soon after the publication by the editors of Aku Ankka.  1981
This tree, drawn by Giovan Battista Carpi, was first published in the book "Walt Disney Presenta Paperina e le altre", on pages 42-43. The Family Tree illustrated a chapter devoted to the "Duck Relatives", entitled "Una famiglia numerosa". The chapter (like the rest of the book) was written by Luca Boschi. It includes regular characters as well as characters from Strobl's, Scarpa's and Barks' stories, and also a movie character, Grandpa Duck from the short "No Hunting", after Luca Boschi's suggestion. 1994
This rather messy family Tree is from "The Little Big Book of Disney" (2001, by Monique Peterson and Jon Glick), an 8-by-8, 356-page English language Disney trivia/casual reference book, published by Disney Press, with lots of informations about Disney comics and cartoons. It is largely based on Barks and Rosa sources, but takes some decisions of its own. It's the first time,  in an "official" Disney source, that Ludwig von Drake is married with Matilda McDuck and also that cousin Fred, Rumpus McFowl and Andold Wild Duck are listed in a Duck family tree. 2001


            - More illustrative versions of Duck Family Trees :

This one is a monochromatic illustration by Giovan Battista Carpi, printed on the inside cover of volume one of 1977 books reuniting the episodes of the 1970 Italian saga "Storia e Gloria della Dinastia dei Paperi". The characters on it are the main characters appearing in this saga, scripted by Guido Martina and with episodes either drawn by Romano Scarpa or Carpi, , showing the adventures of the Duck Dinasty through different eras and in various countries...
This tree, drawn by William Van Horn, was published as an "extra" in the deluxe edition 1994 reprint of  Flora O'Brien's 1984 book "Donald Duck: 50 Years of Happy Frustration" (Three Duck Editions). Don Rosa had first been contacted by Disney around 1992 for this project, but he was to prepare a much more complex work for the European comicbook publishers. Besides the usual family members, this tree also includes Gyro Gearloose, Flintheart Glomgold and Magica de Spell, but it's more of a a fun illustration for the general public.
This tree, which is just a fun illustration with some of the most known Ducks, has been published on page 13 of the Panini stickers album "Io Paperino" ("That's Donald"), from 1994. The characters are Donald (sticker # 51), Ludwig von Drake (sticker # 52), Huey, Dewey and Louie (sticker # 53), Grandma Duck (sticker # 54), Scrooge (sticker # 55) and Gus (sticker # 56). The page 14 was about Donald's two other cousins : Gladstone Gander and Fethry Duck...
This tree is from a limited to 3000 edition pinset box edited by Disney Catalog and entitled "Donald's Family Tree Pin Set". It has been built only with characters that have appeared in classic cartoons. Gus looks exatctly as he did in the short "Donald's Cousin Gus", and the nephews look like their early cartoon appearances too. The interresting things here are the presence of the Grandpa Duck from the short "No Hunting", but also of Moby Duck from "Pacifically Peeking". 2000's


            - Duck Family Trees appearing in stories (notice how recurring the plots are) :

In an untitled story by Jack Bradbury and Carl Fallberg, from "Donald Duck" #53, Donald Duck and Gladstone Gander inherit from a relative called  Pokerface McDuck, and Donald shows his family tree to Huey, Dewey and Louie, in which we can see Scrooge, Grandma, Gladstone, Donald, Pokerface himself ("Here he is, way out on this limb!") and even Daisy. We cannot draw lots of conclusions from this rather brief tree, but it is, as far as I know, the first Duck Family Tree that appeared in a story. 1953
In Tony Strobl's and Carl Fallberg's story "Uncle Donald and His Nephews - Family Fun", from "Dell Giant" #38, Grandma shows to the Ducks their family tree, where we can also see unknown characters : 2-gun Duck, Blackduck and Ebenezer Duck, znd also a "?", a mysterious forgtten relative, which turns out to be a Cave Duck hatched from an egg that has been transported to the Ducks' house with an invention of Gyro. We also learn that Daisy and her nieces are part of the same family, and also Gyro! 1960
In Tony Strobl's and John Liggera's story "The Family Tree Spree", from "Ludwig Von Drake" #3, Donald Duck shows to Ludwig von Drake his family tree, that has been made by a swindler who made him believe he had very prestigious ancestors. Then Ludwig builds Donald's family tree himself ("Look! Your only ancestors who weren't simple mortals were a ruffian and a pseudo-scientist who wanted to prove that Earth wasn't round!"). Eventually, Ludwig realises he's from the same family and both of them decide to dig a hole and bury the trees in it... 1962
In Massimo De Vita's and Michele Gazzarri's story "Heir Cooled" (S 71021), first published in Italian "Almanaco Topolino" #230, Scrooge changes his floor into a gigantic family tree (we can see the names of Grandma, Fethry, Gladstone, Daisy, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Gus, as well as unknown distant relatives (one of them is called Soupic in the French version). Then, the Ducks go in the search for a lumberjack relative similar to Barks' Whitewater, called Onagésime Picnald in French, Dietbald Duck in German and Andreas And in Danish to see if he'll be a good heir. 1976
In "O Nascimento do Biquinho", ("Dugan's Birth", B 810124) by  Irineu Soares Rodrigues and Gérson L. B. Teixeira, from the Brazilian "Tio Patinhas" #203 (actually the first story in which Biquinho meets Fethry), Gloria takes a look at Fethry's family tree (just his name is readable), in which she notices the drawing of an egg. Fethry explains that this egg has been stolen four years ago in his sister's house, who lives in country region of Duckburg, by a tribe, the Marrantos. Then both of them go in the search for Biquinho/Dugan, Fethry's nephew who hatched from this egg... 1982
In the story "A invenção de Bertold Pardaltz" ("Bertold Pardaltz' invention", B 810201),  by Roberto O. Fukue and Ivan Saidenberg, first published in the Brazilian "O Pato Donald" #1580, Gyro finds an old book of his family, in which he discovers the Gearloose family tree, and then he goes back in time to Middle Age, where (or should I say when?) he meets his ancestor, called Bertold Pardaltz in the original version and Bertrand Trouvetou in French,  who invented gunpowder before China... We cannot read any names on this tree. 1982
In Don Rosa's story "The Duck Who Never Was" (D 93574), a special story for Donald's 60th birthday, Gus explains to Donald how he's related to Scrooge, and draws a family tree on a wall with a chalk. This is actually a simplified version of Don Rosa's well-known tree, except that Donald isn't in it : he just wished he was never born! Then, he visits Duckburg and sees how the city and his relatives would be if he has never existed. Note there is a mistake, in the French version at least : the translator inverted Scrooge's (fr : Picsou) and Gus' (moi = me) places. 1994
In the  "The Family Tree" (D 92071), by Marçal Abella Bresco, Paul Halas and Jack Sutter, first published in 1996 in the Danish "Anders And Ekstra" #1996-05, Scrooge shows a family tree of his family (but the whereabouts of one relative, count Florian de Canard (Danish name, even though Canard means Duck in French), is unknown. So Donald, Scrooge and the nephews travel in time with a time machine made by Gyro to find this relative. In the same story, they also meet other relatives to him, all unnamed except one whose name is de Canard. No readable names here. 1996
In the splash panel of "Archimede e l'idea luminosa", ("Gyro and the bright idea"), by Bruno Sarda and Roberto Vian, first published in the Italian "Topolino" #2203, we can see a kind of family tree with Gyro and his ancestors, and among them, a hero of the story, an ancestor called Alex Pythagorion (Archimede Pitagorico is Gyro's Italian name) in French and Alex Gearløs in Danish, who was the real inventor of the electric bulb, but Edison registered the patent just the day before him. 1998


            - Other interresting Duck Family Trees from other websites :

A little Duck family tree, part of a humoristic page about genealogy by Louis G. Gruntz jr. 1995
A page on the genealogy of the McDuck clan, together with Clarence Nash's genealogy, part of Scott Trimble's website about genealogy. 1996
An interresting Duck family tree on a page by Whatsits Galore. 2001
An interactive clickable version of Michel Nadorp's tree from Note that April, May and June have been redrawn as they look like in the "Duckies" comic series. 2005

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