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How to Create a Family Tree

If you're looking to create a family tree, you're in luck. With today's technology, it's easier than ever to create a family tree. In this article, we will be discussing how to create a family tree and some templates that you can use.

Define Your Purpose For Creating A Family Tree.

There are many reasons why you might want to create a family tree. Maybe you’re curious about your ancestry and want to learn more about your family history. Or maybe you’ve been tasked with organizing a family reunion and need a way to keep everyone organized. Whatever your reason, creating a family tree is a fun and rewarding project that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Before you get started, it’s important to take some time to define your purpose for creating the family tree. Are you looking to trace back your ancestry as far as possible? Or do you just want to document the immediate members of your own nuclear family? Once you have a clear purpose in mind, it will be much easier to determine what information needs to go into your Family Tree chart

Gather Information About Your Ancestors.

To create a family tree, you'll need to gather information about your ancestors. You can start with yourself and work backwards, or begin with your grandparents or great-grandparents and move forwards. Talk to relatives and other family members to learn as much as you can about each person.

You'll also want to look for records such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates, obituaries, census reports, immigration documents, naturalization papers, military records and more. These will help flesh out the details of your ancestors' lives. Once you have all this information gathered together, you're ready to start creating your family tree!

Choose A Format For Your Family Tree.

There are a few different ways that you can go about creating your family tree. You can either do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper, or you can use one of the many software programs available to help you create your tree.

One of the most popular methods for creating a family tree is by using Family Tree Maker software. This program allows you to enter all of your information and then creates a professional-looking family tree for you. Another option is to use a free online service such as FamilySearch. With this method, you will be able to input your data and share it with other members of your extended family who can also add their own information to the mix. This could make for an interesting project that everyone in your family could participate in!

No matter which method you choose, starting a family tree project is a great way to get organized and learn more about where you come from. It is also something fun that the whole family can enjoy and work on together!

Create Your Family Tree.

Are you looking to create your family tree? Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we'll help you get started.

To begin creating your family tree, the first thing you need to do is gather all of the information that you have on your immediate family members. This includes full names, dates of birth and death (if applicable), places of birth and death (if applicable), marriage information, etc. Once you have gathered all of this information, you can begin inputting it into a template or software program designed for making family trees. 

There are a number of different ways that you can go about creating your family tree. You can use a simple pen and paper method (sample template) or you have the option of purchasing software programs or using an online family tree-making program that will make the process easier for you. Whichever method you choose, be sure to take your time and double-check all of the data that you inputted before printing or publishing your final product!  

Share Your Family Tree With Others.

There are many ways to share your family tree with others. You can create a physical copy that can be passed down within the family, or you could create an electronic version and post it online. No matter how you choose to share your family tree, doing so can help preserve your family history for future generations.

If you decide to create a physical copy of your family tree, you could use the template I provided previously or you could be creative and create your family tree as a drawing.  First, gather all the information you have on each ancestor—including full names, dates of birth and death (if known), and any other relevant details such as occupation or place of residence. Once you have this information gathered, start creating the actual tree itself by drawing branches coming out from a central trunk; then add leaves (or “individuals”) onto the branches according to familial relationships. If needed, use symbols such as + signs between leaves denoting marriage or – signs between leaves denoting divorce; also feel free to include additional notes about individuals beneath their respective leaves on the branch. 

Alternatively, if you would prefer to make an electronic version of your family tree available to everyone in the world, there are several websites that allow users to create digital family trees free of charge. Do be mindful, that if you are posting information it becomes part of the public domain and on some sites, and you may not be able to retrieve your own documents back without subscribing to the service.


A family tree is a great way to visualize your family's history and see how everyone is related. You can use a family tree template to get started, and there are a few different ways to create one. To create a family tree, you'll need to start with a template. There are a few different ways to find a family tree template, but the best way is to search for one online if you do not have a program to generate one for you. Once you've found a template, you can download it and save it to your computer and start adding information about your family. You'll need to start with the oldest generation and work your way down to the most recent. For each person, you'll need to include their full name, date of birth, marriage and death (if applicable). You can also include other information, such as their occupation, place of birth, and any other interesting facts. As you fill out the template, you'll start to see your family tree take shape. Once you're finished, you'll have a beautiful visual representation of your family's history.  

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Carol Walsh

Article by Carol Walsh

Carol Walsh is the CEO of Creative Roots, a professional genealogy company. She has a passion for preserving family history and storytelling. Carol's research methodology centers around fact-finding and publishing in a format that readers can use to preserve the stories. Her ultimate goal is to help families connect with their past and each other.