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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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