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Family Tree Maker: How To Add Names To The Center of Your Chart

Family Tree Maker: How To Add Names To The Center of Your Chart

If you're looking to add names to the center of your chart, this tutorial is for you!

Basically, once you're in our family tree maker, you'll want to make sure you're on the main "Chart" tab in the left sidebar. From there, just type the name(s) you'd like at the center of your chart in the "Name:____" field.

Most likely each part of the name (as determined by spaces) will be placed on its own separate line.

If you'd like the full name to be on the same line:

1. Click on the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker.

2. Click on the "Generation" tab within the Advanced settings.

3. From here, just select "1st Generation" from the "Selected Generation" drop-down or click on the center generation in the chart itself.

4. Select Horizontal Straight from the "Information Displayed" drop-down.

To you'd like for the name to be split between lines, but not take up quite as many lines, on the main "Chart" tab where you've typed your name in, put a # rather than a space between the parts of the name you'd like to remain on the same line.

This video tutorial walks you through what that looks like.

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Family Tree Maker: How To Make A Family Tree With Dates For Each Ancestor

Family Tree Maker: How To Make A Family Tree With Dates For Each Ancestor

If you're looking to have birth and death dates listed for each of your ancestors, here's a tutorial to show you how to make a family tree with date ranges shown throughout your family tree using our family tree maker app!

1. Click the "Advanced" tab in the left side-bar.

2. Click the "Generation" tab within the Advanced settings.

3. Select the generation to which you'd like to add dates. You can do this either by clicking on the generation within the chart itself, or by selecting the generation from the "Selected Generation" drop-down.

4. Still within the "Generation" tab, select an option "w/ date" from the "Information Displayed" drop-down: Horizontal w/ Date, Vertical w/ Date or Vertical w/ Inline Date. You can experiment to see which looks best.

Here's a video tutorial demonstrating how to make a family tree with all dates showing that explains some clever things you can do to help all your information fit once you've adding dates including adjusting text offset, adjusting individual generation radius, and splitting names onto multiple lines.

 

 

For more information on date formats, view this tutorial: How To Change Date Format

For more information on how to make long names fit, view this tutorial: Long Names

Ready to make your own family tree? Choose a starting template or go directly to our family tree maker app.

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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Line Width

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Line Width

It's amazing what a dramatic difference little design changes can have on the overall appearance of your chart. One little tweak you can make that makes a world of difference is changing the line width (or getting rid of it altogether)! Here's how.

1. Click on the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker app.

family tree maker app advanced tab

2. Click on the "Chart" tab within the Advanced settings.

family tree maker app chart tab

3. Within the "Chart" tab of the advanced settings, slide the "Line Width" slider to your desired thickness.

family tree maker app change line width

It doesn't get much simpler than that and it makes a HUGE difference to the look and feel of the chart! Need some more advice on how to make your family tree? Visit our Tutorial Help Center!

 

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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Generation Width On Pedigree Chart

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Generation Width On Pedigree Chart

If you're looking to make a specific cell or full generation larger, you'll need to modify the whole generation at once. The good news is its easy peasy to do it. Here's how!

One way to modify the width of a generation (which you'll most often want to do to help longer names fit!) is using the slider on the "Chart" tab in the left side bar of the family tree maker.

how to make a family tree generation wider

Simply click on the generation whose width you would like to change in your chart...

modifying the generation width of a pedigree chart

... and then click and drag the "Generation Width" slider to your desired size.

step 3 of how to make a family tree generation bigger

As an alternative, you can click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker app, then click the "Generations" tab within the advanced settings. From here you can either click on the generation whose width you would like to alter as described above, or choose the generation you'd like to modify from the drop-down menu, and then slide the "Radius" slider bar. 

changing the generation width of a pedigree step 4

 

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Family Tree Maker: How To Order And Download Your Print

Family Tree Maker: How To Order And Download Your Print

Once you've finished your chart and double checked that everything is exactly how you'd like it it's time to order and download your chart.

Click the "Order Your Chart" button in the top right hand corner of the family tree maker app.

order your chart button

A pop up window will show you the progress of your chart's final formatting.

progress bar in family tree maker

When the chart is finalized, the pop up will change to contain a button that says "View Chart". Click it.

finalized chart button

This will take you to a low resolution preview of your chart for a final gut check that the chart looks as you expected it to. Your final download will be a print quality, high resolution chart. Scroll down and click the "Go to Checkout" button.

chart preview

This will take you to a page where you can create an account, and enter your billing address. Once complete click the "Continue to Payment Method" button and don't panic that you can't see a little preview of your chart anymore. 

checkout

This will take you to a page where you enter your credit card information. Click "Complete Order".

checkout page

You are now on the final page showing a low-resolution preview of you chart. Click "Download High-Resolution Chart" to download your chart to your computer. If you entered an email address and created an account you will also be emailed a link to download your chart.

download high resolution chart

 

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Family Tree Maker: Tips for Making Long Names Fit

Family Tree Maker: Tips for Making Long Names Fit

If some of your ancestors have incredibly long names--Anna Katharina Elisabeth (Elise) Rauschenberg for example--there are a couple things you can do to help them fit in their allotted space. To make the chart most aesthetically pleasing normally requires employing several of these options in moderation rather than taking any one to an extreme. We normally make tweaks to a cell in the following order, but it's a matter of preference.

 

1. REMOVE NAME OPTIONS

Only you can be the judge of how far to take this one. If there are multiple name options (normally shown in parentheses), we like to start by making a determination of which name to use and removed the other one. In the situation where we're trying to shorten the name, unless you have a specific reason for choosing one of the other, we go for the shorter name.

To do this, simply stay on the main "Chart" tab in the sidebar, and then click on the cell you'd like to edit. This will pull up all of that individual's information in the sidebar panel.

edit individual's information in the family tree maker app

Then simply click in the text box showing the name and edit as normal.

2. CHANGE THE FONT SIZE

You can also do this from the main "Chart" tab in the left sidebar. Simply click on the cell you'd like to edit. 

change font size in family tree maker app

Then simply drag the "Generation Font Size" slider until the name fits. If you're zoomed in, you'll be want to zoom back out to make sure that the font is readable and doesn't look comically small compared to the rest of your chart. Adjust as needed.

3. CHANGE THE WAY THE INFORMATION IS DISPLAYED

Click on the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar, then the "Generation" tab within the Advanced settings. 

add or hide dates in family tree maker app

Click on the "Information Displayed" drop down and experiment with your options. Note: Some options display dates, some do not, and the change affects the entire generation.

add or hide date preferences in family tree maker app

ancestor's name on multiple lines

PRO TIP: For "Multiline" options, either vertical or horizontal it treats every space as the signal to go to a new line. If you want some parts of the name on the same line put a ~ rather than a space when editing the name in the Individual sidebar panel. See this tutorial for how to put names on fewer lines for more details.

4. CHANGE THE CELL SIZE

Still within the "Generation" sidebar panel, click and drag the "Radius" slider to change the cell size. You can also do this from the main "Chart" tab (NOT the "Chart" tab within advanced settings) by dragging the "Generation Width" slider bar.

change generation width in family tree maker app

5. REMOVE MIDDLE NAMES

This is just a more drastic form of (1) and works the same way.

removing portion of ancestor's name

Using a combination of these techniques you should be able to make any name fit perfectly while maintaining a beautiful chart aesthetic!

 

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Family Tree Maker: How to Change Font

Family Tree Maker: How to Change Font

In personalizing your chart, you'll very likely want to experiment with different fonts. The good news is It's fast and easy to experiment to find exactly what you like. Here's how:

CHANGING THE FONT OF THE CHART

To start with, click on the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar, then click the "Generation" tab in the Advanced settings sidebar.

how to change the font in your pedigree chart

In that sidebar, click the down arrow under the "Font" heading, which will show you a drop-down list of all available fonts. Click on a font name to see how it looks in your chart. You can also experiment with "Text Transform", the last item in the chart sidebar, which can turn all of your text to uppercase (or not).

changing font of your family tree

CHANGING THE FONT OF THE TEXT DECAL

To add a text decal, or change its font, click on the "Decal" tab in the left sidebar. This will open the text decal sidebar panel. 

add a text decal

The heading and subheading text are controlled separately, so just click on the down arrow directly below "Heading Font" or "Subheading Font" and then click on a font you'd like to change to.

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Family Tree Maker: How to Add a Text Decal

Family Tree Maker: How to Add a Text Decal

Family trees can look great with or without a text decal, so it's purely a matter of preference whether you include one or not. If you want to add one, here's how.

To start with click the "Text Decal" icon in the left sidebar to open the text decal sidebar panel. Once in the panel, you can add whatever heading and/or subheading text you like by typing in their respective text boxes in the panel. Changes are updated in real time.

add a text decal to your pedigree chart in the family tree maker

 

Font, font size, spacing, and color are controlled independently between the heading and the subheading, so you can customize any way you'd like without being unduly constrained. to change the font color, simply click on the color swatch and either use the color picker or enter a Hex or RGB value.

change text decal color

color picker for text decal family tree maker

To change the font size or margin (space between the heading or subheading and the chart), simply click and drag the corresponding slider. Font is chosen using the drop-down menu under heading or subheading respectively.

There are lots of different options for what text to actually use as your text decal. Some classic options include "The [Your Last Name] Family", "Genealogy", "My Family Tree", "Family", or "Ancestors". For more suggestions, check out this blog post.

What text decal would you put on your chart?

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Family Tree Maker: How to Change Number of Generations

Family Tree Maker: How to Change Number of Generations

Depending on how large you'd like to physically print your chart, how many generations of genealogy you have completed, etc. you may want to change the number of generations displayed on your chart. 

Changing the number of generations displayed in your chart is easy. Here's how:

First, click on the Chart tab in the left sidebar. This will open the chart sidebar panel. Then simply slide the Generations slider to your desired number of generations.

change number of generations in your family tree

 

alter number of generations visible in my pedigree chart

 

A FEW NOTES:

  • If you have already imported data from either FamilySearch and wish to INCREASE the number of generations of data displayed, you will need to reimport your data as our family tree maker only imports the number of generations displayed currently to save time and storage space. To do so, simply go to the "Import" tab on the left sidebar, click "Clear All Cell Data" at the bottom of that panel, and then import again as normal.
  • Changing the number of generations displayed in your chart may change the price of your final chart download. 3-5 generations are the same price, 6-8 generations are the same price and 9-10 generations are the same price.

Here's a little video showing this feature in action.

 

Ready to get started with your own chart? Go to FamilyTreePrints.com to choose a starting template and begin creating your personalized genealogy chart.

 

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Family Tree Maker: How to Import using a GEDCOM file

Family Tree Maker: How to Import using a GEDCOM file

The ability to directly import up to 10 generations of genealogy using a GEDCOM file (or via FamilySearch) has got to be one of my favorite time-saving features of Family Tree Prints. If you've read about the impetus for our creating Family Tree Prints (a.k.a. spending 40+ hours meticulous creating a family tree chart for my mother-in-law by hand) you'll know why. The best part? It's super easy. Here's how.

Choose whichever template you'd like to start from on www.familytreeprints.com, and click "Start from this template". This will drop you into the family tree maker software.

1) In the top right-hand corner, click the grey button that says "Import Family Names".Alternatively, you can click the Import icon at the bottom of the left sidebar. Both options will open the Import sidebar panel.

import ancestors names from GEDCOM file step 1

2) Click "Import Gedcom File" and select the file you'd like to import from your computer.

how to fill in a blank family tree using GEDCOM import step 2

3) Once uploaded, there will be a dropdown list of everyone contained within the GEDCOM file.

upload GEDCOM file to create pedigree chart

4) From these, choose who you would like to be the "center" of your chart and click their name.

GEDCOM dropdown choose

5) The chart will then populate with your chosen person as the first generation.

imported GEDCOM

Ready to get started? Visit FamilyTreePrints.com to choose your starting template and create your personalized family tree chart!

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