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How To Create a Family Tree For A Child

How To Create a Family Tree For A Child

Our family tree charts for kids are oh-so-cute, and having one in their bedroom is delightfully fun. At least, that's what we've heard from our customers, and what we've seen here at home. We made this cute whale chart for my son's room and then brought it with us to Rootstech to display. As we pulled it out of the suitcase as we were unpacking, he picked it right up and proceeded to totter around with it for 25 minutes (which is quite the attention span for a 15-month-old). Does he know what it is? I highly doubt it (even though I've talked to him about it several times), but he does REALLY like it. It could be the bright colors. It could be the unique shape (with all these cool flappy things on the back!). But I hope it's also because he has some sense that it's his.

Ready to get started making a family tree chart for your child? Here's how!

1. Choose a starting template.

2. Import your child's genealogy from FamilySearch or enter the names manually.

Pro-tip: You can just use YOUR FamilySearch account, and choose "Child of [Yourself]" from the drop-down menu for who is at the center. If you haven't synced with your spouse yet on FamilySearch, you'll want to either do that before or just enter their side of the chart manually--it's pretty fast for kids charts!

3. Play with colors!

This is my favorite part. Go to Advanced > Palettes, and click through different palettes to see what a pink ombre ladybug looks like, or discover how to turn a whale into a shark! You can also totally customize the colors by choosing Advanced > Colors.

4. (Optional) Add a text decal.

Since your child's name won't be displayed in the chart itself, you can add their name as a text decal at the bottom.

5. Order your chart and print it!

A normal home printer with normal printer paper works great for most kids charts. The colors may be a little off depending on how nice of a printer you have, but it should look great anyways :)

Ready to get started? Choose a starting template here.

 

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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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Keeping Family History Alive for Kids: The Manilla Folder

Keeping Family History Alive for Kids: The Manilla Folder

When my younger brother A was born, my Grandma Cutler came to stay with us for a few days to help with my younger sister S (who was 3) and me (who was 7). I don't remember much about her stay, although we have a picture of her coming with me to lunch at school (which I am just pleased as punch about!), but I do remember that she brought a manilla folder with her, full of old photographs of my dad when he was younger, my grandpa (who died when my dad was 15) and other relatives and ancestors. Each night at dinner as we sat up to the stainless steel bar, she would let S and I choose a photograph from the envelope and would tell us the story that went with it. I'm sorry to say that I don't remember what any of the pictures were specifically or the stories that went with them, but I do remember that manilla envelope and am filled with a warm and filling feeling for my Grandma, and my ancestors when I think of that experience learning from her every night. Sure, it would be better if I remembered the specifics, but I believe that it's the love that matters most. Love that binds the generations together and brings us joy in knowing that families are forever.

Thinking about my grandma's manilla folder has had me thinking about how Kesler and I can help create similar experiences for baby F and our future children? How can we instill that love? What ideas have you tried, or do you want to try in your home with your children? Tell us in the comments!

Want to create a family tree chart for your home to help get the conversation started? Choose a starting template here!

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Family Tree Charts for Kids

Family Tree Charts for Kids

Family history for kids? Decorating a nursery with genealogy charts? Our collection for kids (or kids at heart!) featuring minimalist animal designs are designed to both add aesthetically to a child’s space and help them feel more connected to their ancestors.

For the little hipster...

finding fox family tree template

If your baby can already tell you what does the fox say, this chart is perfect for them! Our baby F loves to sniff his nose whenever he sees a picture of a fox... not what Ylvis think's the fox says but oh so cute!

For the budding marine biologist....

Most kids love water, so they're chose of water animals is sure to be a hit when searching for family tree charts for kids! Plus, did you know that once you pick an animal shape you can customize the color palette? It's totally rad!

family trees templates for kids

For jungle explorers...

This "Tracing Toucan" template for kids is really cool regardless of how old you are! Fun fact: Each of our family tree charts for kids is named using alliteration and a way that children (and each of us!) can connect with our family history.

For mini farmers...

This is the cleanest, nicest smelling pig ever and one you'll be happy to allow into the house! For fan's of Charlotte's Web, the color pink, or farmyard elegance, this one is right up your alley.

For beginning entomologists...

While this chart for kids may look like a ladybug, with a little color palette variation it can also easily become a beetle of any variety. Score!

Which family tree chart template for kids (and kids at heart!) would you like hanging in your home? Get started here.

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3 Family History Tree Templates For Children

3 Family History Tree Templates For Children

The benefits for children of becoming familiar with their family history are enormous. Among those found by a 2010 study conducted by Emory University are higher self-esteem, and increased coping skills when the going gets tough. It's never too early to start, so we believe that kids should be able to have a family history chart that matches their age, stage, and interests... hence our adorable animal family history tree templates! Here are three of our favorites:

WONDERING WHALE

whale family history tree template

Why we love this family history tree template for kids? It's simple, gender neutral, totally adorable and super fun to customize with different color schemes.

multi color whale family history tree template

Plus if you want to go really deep, it can remind you that just like whales are bigger than you can imagine as a child, so too is your family history and your heritage.

Get started with our whale family history tree template.

 

LOVING LADYBUG

It starts off as a lady bug (which might be more appealing to girls), but with some color palette adjustments can be transformed into an incredibly cool beetle. For kids that are in to bugs, this is a favorite.

Get started with our ladybug family history tree template.

 

TRACING TOUCAN

We love the black and contrasting bold pop color scheme of the toucan, and that it's an animal you might not expect at first thought of a family tree or for decorating in general. One more gender neutral chart that isn't blah! :)

Get started with our toucan family history tree template.

 

You may have noticed that along with the alliteration, each of your family history charts for kids it titled with an attribute that we hope children will develop or an action they will take in their family history quest. That they will WONDER about who came before them, develop a LOVE for those ancestors, and TRACE their lines. We hope they will be CURIOUS (crab), recognize that their heritage is PRECIOUS (pig) and to be TREASURED (turtle), and want to FIND (fox) those ancestors who currently are undiscovered.

Want to explore more of our animal family history tree templates to find the perfect pedigree chart for your kids? Check them out here.

animal themed family history tree charts for kids

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