We figure if one person has a question... other people probably do too! Since we're here to make sure you know how to make a family tree (and specifically how to make a family tree for YOUR family), we're here to help! Today's real customer question is:
Q: I'm a single mom/divorced with 4 kids--is there a chart for me?
A: The short answer is YES!
The long answer is, yes, and here are some ideas on how you can create a chart that's perfect for your particular family situation.
If you're hoping to just have the chart reflect your children, you and YOUR genealogy, we'd highly recommend using the center circle to your advantage by putting both yourself and your children in there. Let's do an example with a mom named Jane Doe, and her four children Peter John, Susan Marie, Edmund Mark and Lucy Madeline.
In the center of your family tree chart, you could just put a generic "Our Family", "Our Heritage", or a more specific "The Doe Family".
Alternatively, if you'd like for the individual names to be displayed, you could change the format of the center cell to be "Horizontal Multiline" and type the following into the center individuals place:
Jane~Doe Peter~John Susan~Marie Edmund~Mark Lucy~Madeline
Note: A ~ signifies that you'd like the joined words to stay on the same line, a space signifies a return or enter.
Both of these options put Jane and her children in the "1st generation", and Jane's parents in the second generation. If you're importing from FamilySearch, Jane would choose herself to be the center of the chart, and then manually edit the center information by clicking on it in the chart and editing the text manually. View a tutorial on that here.Continue reading