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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expected with relative frequency, you may not wish you add each of the children's names to the chart in case it becomes outdated too quickly (depending on how often you want to update and reprint!)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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