Create a custom family tree used to be time-consuming. And intimidating. And... Well, it doesn't matter how it used to be. Now, using our family tree maker app creating a custom family tree chart is fun, easy, and fast. To borrow a common expression, it's a simple as 1-2-3. Here's how to make a family tree in 3 easy steps.
Step 1. Choose a template you'd like to start from.
You can browse all the available templates here. Templates vary by shape (fan charts, circle charts, animal shaped charts designed with kids in mind, etc.), color palatte (classic black and white, subtle nature hues, bright and bold, etc.) and number of generations displayed (anywhere from 3-10, just select this once you've chosen a template shape+color combo!)
Step 2. Import your names in minutes
If you have a FamilySearch account or GEDCOM file with your genealogy, this is where the MAJOR time savings comes in, since you can import up to 10 generations of genealogy from either source in just minutes. (That's way faster than manually entering 2047 names... not that you'd do that anyway.) For more in-depth instructions on how to import your names from FamilySearch of a GEDCOM file see below. If you want manually enter your names, that works too, and it's honestly not too bad either. Entering 5 generations typically takes one of us about 30 minutes.
Step 3. Check and download
Once you have all of your names entered, all that's left is a quick check to make sure everything is picture perfect and then download your chart!
The biggest thing to watch out for is names that are too long for the size cell they are in. Here are some tips for making extra long names fit and look great. If you want to make any other adjustments (color, font, etc.) and need a little guidance, visit our tutorial help center!
And there you have it--how to make a family tree in three easy steps. Ready to try it for yourself? Start browsing our templates here.