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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.

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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.

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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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Real Customer Question: Some charts have birth-death years and other don't. Do only certain templates display those dates?

Real Customer Question: Some charts have birth-death years and other don't. Do only certain templates display those dates?

We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when you ask us questions because we want to be sure you know exactly how to create a family tree that's perfect for your family. We figure if one person has a question, other's probably do too so we like to share our fleshed out answers with everyone in the hopes this may help someone in the future. Today's real customer question is:

Q: Some charts have birth-death years and others don't. Do only certain templates display those dates?

A: Nope! 

You can display dates for any generation on any chart you'd like. Here's a little tutorial on how to do that, but the short version is once you've chosen your template and are editing it in, you'll want to click Advanced > Generation > Choose an option "W/ Date" from the "Information Displayed" drop-down.

Do you have any other lingering questions? Feel free to browse our tutorials, or shoot us an email to support@familytreeprints.com, and we'd love to help you out!

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