How to Make a Family Tree Chart

If you are interested in your own family history, a good place to start is to create a family tree.

A family tree is a visual representation of a person’s lineage, tracing relationships to common ancestors. Visually similar to an org chart, this diagram is usually presented in a tree structure starting with one individual as the root. From the root, lines representing branches terminate in boxes representing leaves. Each leaf represents individual family members with information such as birth, marriage, and death dates.

Why create a family tree?

How to draw a family tree chart

Getting started

1. Gather information about your family

2. Draft a family tree outline

3. Add information to each leaf

Make it simple

Don’t air your family’s dirty laundry

4. Distribute your family tree diagram

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