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How To Make a Family Tree: How to create a chart for a family's genealogy (parents and children)?

How To Make a Family Tree: How to create a chart for a family's genealogy (parents and children)?

This blog post details how to create a chart 

featuring a family (parents and children) at the center. If you would like to format your chart to feature a husband and wife as the center of the genealogy chart, click here. If you would like to create a chart 

featuring a single individual at the center, click here.

If you're trying to create a family tree for a family, there are a couple things you should take into account when considering your formatting, but the primary consideration is if your family is still quickly growing and changing?

If your family is still growing...

and more children are expected with relative frequency, you may not wish you add each of the children's names to the chart in case it becomes outdated too quickly (depending on how often you want to update and reprint!) We find that it works for many families to simply treat the chart as they would if they were creating a chart for a couple, and then add a text decal such as "The Doe Family" to tie it together as a family chart.

add text decal to family chart

If your family has stopped growing...

(in terms of no longer adding additional children to the family, in-laws and grandchildren won't affect the chart formatting), you can continue to treat the chart as it were just for a couple as described above, or you could choose to follow the shape choices and recommendations for creating a chart for a single individual, and place all your children at the center. 

Pro tip: You may need to increase the center generation's radius to help all your children's names fit. Do this using the "Generation Width" slider at the bottom of the main "Chart" tab.

how to make a family tree with all your children's names

If you're looking for a run-down of many of the different options available for formatting a family tree chart for a little family, we'd recommend this blog post about creating a family tree chart for your parents, which is broadly applicable in terms of formatting!

 

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How To Make a Family Tree: How to create a chart for an individual's genealogy?

How To Make a Family Tree: How to create a chart for an individual's genealogy?

This blog post details how to create a chart featuring a single individual at the center. If you would like to format your chart to feature a husband and wife as the center of the genealogy chart, click here. If you would like to create a chart featuring a family (parents and children) at the center, click here.

If you're looking to create a genealogy wall chart for an individual, here are some recommendations for formatting. The good news? It's pretty straightforward! And you can modify ANY STARTING TEMPLATE to be for an individual, regardless of what shape and with what formatting it starts.

For a circle family tree chart:

To make any chart into a circle featuring an individual at the center once you're in our family tree maker app, you'll want to navigate to the "Advanced" tab in the left side bar. Then choose "Shape" and select "360 Vertical" by clicking the mini preview.

how to make a family tree for an individual

This is in contrast to the "360 Horizontal" family tree chart, which features 2 people (aka a couple) at the center of the chart.

For a fan family tree chart:

To make any template into a fan family tree chart featuring an individual at the center, you'll want to choose "Advanced" > "Shape > "192 Fan Chart". (The majority of fan charts will be this shape already, but is in contrast to the "Half Circle" fan chart which removes the center circle entirely).

fan chart for individual

If you're importing your names from FamilySearch, you'll just want to select yourself from the dropdown. For more detailed information and instruction on that, click here.

 

 

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How To Make a Family Tree: How to create a chart for a husband and wife's genealogy?

How To Make a Family Tree: How to create a chart for a husband and wife's genealogy?

This blog post details how to format your chart to feature a husband and wife as the center of the genealogy chart. If you would like to create a chart featuring a single individual at the center, click here. If you would like to create a chart featuring a family (parents and children) at the center, click here.

If you'd like to create a genealogy wall chart featuring a husband and wife's genealogy, there are a couple different ways you can format your chart, depending on if you'd like to create a fan-shaped family tree chart or a circle-shaped family tree chart. You can modify ANY STARTING TEMPLATE to fix any of these models, so the sky's the limit. Let's break it down.

Note: If you're importing your genealogy from FamilySearch, be sure to choose "Child of [You]" from the drop-down, even if you don't have children to get both your and your spouse's genealogy. For more detailed instructions, check out this post.

For a circle-shaped family tree chart:

To feature a husband and wife's genealogy, you'll want to change your chart's shape to our "360 Horizontal" circle. To do this once you've chosen a starting template and are in our family tree maker app, click "Advanced", then "Shape" and select "360 Horizontal" by clicking on the preview.

how to make a family tree for a husband and wife's genealogy

To add a little extra something, you can also add an ampersand "&" or "+" to the center of the circle. To do this, choose "Advanced">"Generation">Select "1st Generation" from the drop-down. Then navigate to the MAIN "Chart" tab (not within the "Advanced" settings) and edit the name in the text box to say & or +.

how to make a family tree with an & in the middle

For a fan-shaped family tree chart:

The best way to adapt a fan chart to be for just a couple is to "hide" the center circle, or adding your last initial, an ampersand or plus sign large in the center circle. 

To add a large symbol to the center of your chart, make sure you're on the main "Chart" tab, and then click the center circle of your genealogy chart. The simply type "&", "+", or the first letter of the couple's last name in the "Name" text box. Then drag the "Generation Font Size" slider to the desired size.

how to add symbol to chart center

If you'd like to modify the color of the center symbol to give it a little extra pizazz, choose "Advanced"> "Color" > click the swatch under "Text Color" and choose the color you'd like.

how to add color to symbol in center

To "hide" the center circle, choose "Advanced" > "Color" > click the swatch under "Background Color" and choose white.

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how to hide center of genealogy wall chart

You can also choose to change the shape to a Half Circle (which eliminates the center circle entirely. You can do this by choosing "Advanced" > "Shape" > "Half Circle".

how to make a family tree for a couple

For more tips on making a chart featuring a husband and wife's genealogy check out our tutorial on how to create a chart using two separate FamilySearch accounts and how to sync with your spouse on FamilySearch.

Ready to get started? Choose a starting tutorial from here.

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Need a 10 Generation Family Tree Chart? Here's a hack.

Need a 10 Generation Family Tree Chart? Here's a hack.

We recently had a customer write in who was working on an incredible family history project for which she needed a 10-11 generation family tree chart, rather than the 9 generations currently offered on our site. We put in a little back door for her, so we figure that if you're looking for a way to create a 10 generation family tree using our awesome family tree maker app, we'd leave this treasure map behind for you as well. Here's how you do it!

1. Choose any number of generations in the template you'd like to use as your starting template, and then click "Start from this template."

2. This will drop you in our family tree maker app. Click on the Advanced tab in the left hand side bar, and then choose the Chart tab within the Advanced Settings.

3. Move the Generations slider to 10.

Note: You CANNOT use the Generations slider in the main "Chart" tab to access 10 generations. Only the Generations slider on the "Chart" tab within the "Advanced" settings will give you access to it. ALSO, increasing the number of generations in your chart to 10 will increase the cost of your chart to $69.95

4. Import your names from FamilySearch or via GEDCOM upload, or enter your names manually!

Note: It's important to increase the number of generations to 10 before importing from FamilySearch, because only the number of visible generations will be imported. If your chart only has 5 generations when you import, and then you increase the number of generations visible in your chart to 10, you'll have to clear your names, and then reimport from FamilySearch to ensure the outer 5 generations aren't left blank.

And voila! Now you have a 10 generation family tree chart! Ready to choose your starting template? Click here!

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How To Make a Family Tree: Adding Marriage Dates, Birth and Death Places, and Vocations To Your Genealogy Wall Chart

How To Make a Family Tree: Adding Marriage Dates, Birth and Death Places, and Vocations To Your Genealogy Wall Chart

By default, if you're using our FamilySearch Integration or GEDCOM import functionality your ancestors' names, birth years and death years will be imported and added to your chart.

example of family tree - 6 generation genealogy wall chart

We made this choice to favor simplicity and consistency across a range of charts, but if you're looking to add more detail to your chart you absolutely can, and it's as easy as pie. Some things our community has wanted to add in the past? The month and date of the birth and death, a marriage date, the location of the birth, death, and/or marriage, and their ancestor's vocation or profession. While we'd highly recommend not including all of that information--let's face it, you'd have to make the text so tiny it would be illegible--you can add an additional detail or two to your chart. Here's how!

To flesh out birth and death dates more fully, just edit those individual fields within the main "Chart" tab.

how to make a family tree: before modifying dates how to make a family tree: after modifying dates

To add any of the other additional details (locations, marriage date, vocation, etc.) your secret weapon is that name text box.

The name text box is WYSIWYG editable just as any Word Document or email processor is. Type the information as you'd like it to be displayed in any given cell, and... voila. Here are a few examples.

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To help distinguish the most important information (often the name) from the details, it may help to play with capitalization. By default, many templates change everything to uppercase, so if you'd like to change that choose Advanced > Chart > Choose "Normal" rather than "Uppercase" from the Text Transform dropdown at the bottom.

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The Perfectly Unique Valentine's Day Gift: A Family Tree

The Perfectly Unique Valentine's Day Gift: A Family Tree

There are lots of things you could get that special someone for Valentine's Day, but tell us if this sounds like a good Valentine's Day gift...


"A meaningful, thoughtful, personalized reminder of eternal families and the evidence of the product of love coming down through the generations that they can keep forever and proudly display."


So what do you think? Shall we add that, if necessary, this same gift can be created in 5 minutes (using our FamilySearch integration)? Just a few days before Valentine's Day this sounds like a win to us! What says "I love you!" better than a reminder that families are forever?

What's even better? A Family Tree Print makes a great gift for him...

unique Valentine's day gift for husband father

or her...

personalized Valentine's Day gift for wife mother grandmother

And let's be real... it's cheaper than a dozen roses and lasts a LOT longer.

Ready to get started? Just choose your starting template on our site, import your genealogy from FamilySearch (or enter it manually!) and then customize away! 



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Our 10 Most Popular Circle Family Tree Templates

Our 10 Most Popular Circle Family Tree Templates

Circle genealogy wall charts are a delightfully modern take on the classic family tree chart, and at least among our customers, they're more popular as well. Which circle charts are catching people's eye? Without further ado, here's a look at the top 10 most purchased circle family tree templates!

#1 Clean Blackboard

This is the family tree template we chose for our living room! The black and white reversal on the traditional makes this chart both modern and classic. Start from this template >

#2 Classic White

The name says it all. This classic white choice is made extra modern by the change from fan to circle shape, but it still has all of the elements of a classy and classic traditional choice. Start from this family tree template >

#3 Frosted Diamond

The addition of light grey and cream to this chart adds an element of interest to the idea of a classic white chart while still keeping it very neutral and low key. Start from this template >

#4 White Simplicity

By removing the dividing lines from the Classic White circle chart, this chart becomes a modern minimalist statement. Start from this family tree template > 

#5 Goldenrod

The timeless combination of mustard and grey will match modern and vintage decor equally well, and the light color palette with brighten any room. Start from this template >

#6 Beach Day

Describe this chart in two words? Delightfully bright! If you're looking to add a little extra sunshine to your room, start with this template >

#7 Goldenrod Steel

Identical to #5 Goldenrod... except for the darker grey stripe, which amps up the bold factor and makes this even more of a statement. Start from this template >

#8 Mother Earth

Bright and bold, this nature-inspired chart will help bring the outside in! Start from this family tree template >

#9 Mocha Delight

No, I didn't make a mistake. The 9th most popular circle chart was a fan tree template that people continuously converted to a circle shape... because you can do that with our family tree maker! Score! (Just click Advanced > Shape when you're in our family tree maker app and you can make any fan tree into a circle or vice versa) Start from this family tree template >

#10 Chocolate Chip

A lovely neutral with just pop of bold dark, the fact that this reminds us of our favorite cookie doesn't hurt one little bit! Start from this template >

See a family tree template that has you excited to display YOUR genealogy on a wall? Get started creating your own family tree chart now or check out our most popular fan chart family tree templates for a little additional inspiration!

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Our 10 Most Popular Fan Family Tree Templates

Our 10 Most Popular Fan Family Tree Templates

Here at Family Tree Prints, we have 70+ starting family tree templates to choose from, each of which is truly just that--a starting template from which total customization is possible. Choosing is difficult, so if you're looking for a little input, here are our most purchased family tree fan templates to date!

#1 Classic White

Classy and classic, this is a delightfully clean take on the "standard" idea of a family tree chart. Fun fact: This chart is HIGHLY READABLE, which makes a big difference for aging eyes! Start from this template > 

#2 White Simplicity

Quite similar to the ever-so-slightly more popular Classic White, this White Simplicity is a touch more modern with its lack of dividing lines. Start from this template >

#3 Heirloom Tomato

Bright, bold and cheery, this eye-catching fan will be right at home in a cozy, modern living space. Complimentary colors for the win! Start from this family tree template >

#4 Natural Petal

This family tree template is understated, sophisticated and host to a soft touch of feminine color. Start from this family tree template > 

#5 Frosted Aquamarine

The alternating cream and light blue bands in this family tree template add a layer of interest while still remaining neutral and sophisticated. Start from this family tree template >

#6 Clean Blackboard

The fan variation of the most popular circle family tree template, this chart features a black/white color reversal that creates a completely modern take on a traditional classic. Start from this family tree template >

#7 Goldenrod

With a mustard gold and grey color combination that seems to never go out of style, this fan family tree template can match either modern or vintage decor. Start from this template > 

#8 Pink Ombre

Everybody loves a good ombre... and this is no exception! Start from this family tree template >

#9 Turquoise Ebony

The two words that best describe this chart? Bold and sophisticated. By adding the turquoise stripe, you're able to elevate this chart from a traditional black and cream to a modern statement piece. Start from this family tree template >

#10 Mocha Delight

Lovely neutral browns reminiscent of so many shades of chocolate make this a great choice for any home with lots of wood going on! Start from this family tree template >

Did one of these charts catch your eye? If so, start directly from that template or browse some additional options!

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Our Most Popular Kids Family Tree Template

Our Most Popular Kids Family Tree Template

The benefits to children of knowing about their family history and heritage are quite amazing: they have increased self-esteem and -awareness and have been found to have much higher coping skills when faced with challenges. With this in mind, when we founded Family Tree Prints, we knew that we wanted to create a special line of charts to appeal directly to children and help develop their curiosity and interest in their ancestors. Which has been the most popular children's animal family tree template so far? Drum roll please...

The ladybug! A major plus about this family tree template? This delightfully adorable little chart is sophisticated enough to be the perfect present for adults as well as children. 

Here's a look at the gorgeous ladybug Instagram @michaelgladberry create for his sweet grandma who used to be called "ladybug" by her own mother.

ladybug family tree template

While our ladybug family tree template definitely stole the show, it was followed closely behind by the Finding Fox, Tracing Toucan and Curious Crab family tree templates!

Which is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below and get started creating your own custom family tree from one of these family tree templates today!

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Our Most Popular Kids Family Tree Template

Our Most Popular Kids Family Tree Template

The benefits to children of knowing about their family history and heritage are quite amazing: they have increased self-esteem and -awareness and have been found to have much higher coping skills when faced with challenges. With this in mind, when we founded Family Tree Prints, we knew that we wanted to create a special line of charts to appeal directly to children and help develop their curiosity and interest in their ancestors. Which has been the most popular children's animal family tree template so far? Drum roll please...

The ladybug! A major plus about this family tree template? This delightfully adorable little chart is sophisticated enough to be the perfect present for adults as well as children. 

Here's a look at the gorgeous ladybug Instagram @michaelgladberry create for his sweet grandma who used to be called "ladybug" by her own mother.

ladybug family tree template

While our ladybug family tree template definitely stole the show, it was followed closely behind by the Finding Fox, Tracing Toucan and Curious Crab family tree templates!

Which is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below and get started creating your own custom family tree from one of these family tree templates today!

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