Family tree forms and blank family tree charts can make it a whole lot easier for you to present the ancestry information that you gather in a clear and easy way, and you may find that they will be just the thing for you.
If you are considering doing a family ancestry search using the many genealogy methods that are popular today, you may want to look into these forms. They will give you an easy and clear way to organize the information that you are gathering, ensuring that your family tree looks good for all to see!
Free Family Tree Charts and Forms to Print
Here below you’ll find some printable family tree forms I have made myself. Some trees are drawn some are from photos. All, however, are 100% unique and made by me. 🙂 Please respect that all family tree templates on this site are for private use only.
Beautiful Family Tree Template in Winter Scenery
This is one of my favorite family trees. I love the cold but clear colors and the way you can see through the squares. The image size of this tree is perfect for printing on an A4 paper: 25,01 cm x 17,87 cm in 200 dpi. Have fun plotting in your relatives.
Colorful Autumn Family Tree Form with Picture Frames for Kids
This is an ideal family tree for kids. It’s colorful and doesn’t go too far back – only to great grandparents. Also you can let your kids decide whether they want to draw pictures of their relatives or glue in photos or just write in their names. The image size of this tree is really good print quality: 27 cm x 14 cm in 250 dpi.
Big Printable Blank Family Tree for the Large Family
This tree is big horizontally rather than vertically. It doesn’t go all that far back but you get to include a lot of the immediate family instead. So if you have a large family and your kids have lots of cousins, this tree might be ideal for you. The image size is 27 cm x 20,05 cm in 250 dpi, just perfect for an A4 piece of paper.
High Resolution Blank Family Tree Form with Spring Flowers
This is quite a simple tree even though it can still include up to 5 generations of your family members. Just have your kids fill in the names in the purple slots 🙂 The image size is 26 cm x 20,14 cm in 250 dpi.
Printable Christmas Family Tree Template for Kids
Filling out a family tree with your kids during the Christmas holidays is a really lovely thing to do. Plus they get a little bit of education too. The image size is 26 cm x 20,2 cm in 250 dpi. It may look a bit small on the screen, but if you save it on your device and print it out, it will fit really nicely on an A4 paper.
Blank Family Tree Template Form to Print
With this family tree you can trace your ancestry all the way back to your kids great great grandparents. In this way it’s going to be a little bit challenging for your older kids without being too much. The image size is 24 cm x 17,93 cm in 200 dpi.
Fun Family Tree Design
This is a funny and very different family tree for kids with a man trying to crawl up a tree. Maybe he wants to reach the squirrels? Print it out and have your kids write the names of your family members inside the big leaves. Don’t forget to to also write the ‘official titles’, like mom, dad, grandmother etc. The image size is 24 cm x 15,27 cm in 190 dpi.
Steps for Making Your Family Tree
Step 1: The first thing that you will need to do is decide what kind of chart you are going to make, according to what kind of information you want to present. Many people prefer the pedigree chart, which is just information on your direct ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc.).
You may also want to make yourself a family group chart, which is all of the members in your family (aunts, uncles, cousins) as well as the ancestors. If you know that you are directly descended from a great person in history, a descendent chart may be the way to go. It will allow you to draw a direct line that will illustrate your heritage.
Step 2: Choose how you want to make the chart. Many people prefer to use the computer to make the charts, as it will allow them to use family tree forms and blank family tree charts in order to add all the ancestry information in a way that is both clear and easily visible.
However, if you are the kind of person that likes to do the project yourself, you may want to do it by hand. After all, the handmade family tree can be something that you will be able to pass down to your children, and it will be something that you made rather than something you printed out from the computer.
Step 3: Make a rough outline. This is important if you are doing the chart by hand, as you want to make sure that you have all of the information that you will need BEFORE you start filling out the chart.
Make sure to draw the outline of the chart that you are going to make (pedigree, descendant, etc.), but don’t add too much detail. This is just going to be the rough draft, and you will make the chart later.
Step 4: Start gathering information. The best source of information that you can access easily will be your family, and you should start asking questions about your ancestors. You can ask your parents if they know anything about your heritage, such as where your ancestors come from, if there is anyone famous in your history, etc.
You can also see if your family has any old clippings from newspapers, journals, or public records that will provide you with information on your family.
Step 5: You may want to look into downloading or buying ancestry software to use for your search into your past. Remember that you can only find out so much information easily, and then it’s going to take you some digging into public archives and community records in order to find out more about your ancestors.
You may want to consider using the computer to help you do this digging, and using a program can make it easier. There are also sites like Ancestry.com that will make it easier for you to find the information, though you will have to sign up for a membership. These places will be a great source of information.
Step 6: Fill out the chart. Once you have collected the information, it’s time to get started filling out your chart. You will of course put your name at the bottom of the chart, with your parents’ names and information immediately above yours.
You can then add the information of your grandparents and any other relatives that you have found out about. As you go discovering more about your past, you can input any new information that you find. Slowly, piece by piece, the puzzle that is your heritage will come together.
Tips for Adding the Information Correctly
If you’re going to make your family tree, it’s important that all the information is added correctly.
You want to organize the chart in a way that will be clear and easily legible to everyone, so you will need to ensure that all of the names, dates, and information is written in clear handwriting – or printed in a font that is easy to read.
You will also need to add all the information as correctly as possible, so use these tips below to input the information the right way:
It’s important that you add the last name correctly, which will ensure that it’s clearly visible. When you write the surname of the person that you are adding, make sure to capitalize the name. For example, if your last name is Brand, you will write it BRAND on the chart. This will ensure that you can see the last name at a glance.
The first and middle name of a person is always placed before the surname when making family tree charts, unlike the way that they are written when signing official documents (Charles BALK instead of BALK, Charles). This will make it easier for you to be certain that you are getting the first names right.
There are going to many names that will have a different spelling, such as “Johnson” – which is also “Jonson”, “Jonsson”, and so on. If there are many different spellings for the same name – you may want to search for all of them in the records in order to find the person. You will then need to add all of the variations of the name that you have found in the chart.
When writing a woman’s name into the chart, make sure that you add the maiden name rather than the name she took when she married her husband. However, if you can’t find the maiden name, just leave an empty parenthesis between her middle name and the name that she took on (i.e. Joanna ( ) BARRETT).
Complicated Women’s Names
If a woman was married more than one time, it will be confusing if you only add her name onto the chart once. What you will need to do is add her first and middle name, her maiden name in parenthesis, and the surname that she took on the first time.
After that, you will write “; or” and add her first name, middle name, maiden name in parentheses, and her second surname (i.e. Barbara Anne (RAVEN) HOLT; or Barbara Ann (RAVEN) SMITH). This will ensure that you are presenting the information clearly.
Step children are going to be a bit harder to add, as they are not directly related to any of the members of the family on your chart, but they are simply adopted or married into the family. If you are going to add the name of the step fathers or mothers, make sure to add them clearly next to the name of the relative that they married to be included into the family.
You will then need to add the step child to the list, with an identifier (step child) clearly marked so that everyone will know that the person is an adopted member of the family by marriage or adoption – rather than by blood.
Divorces can either lead to step children or half-siblings in the family, and that will be important to chart if you are making a family group sheet. This will only be important if there were children produced by the marriage that ended, and if those children are included in the family chart.
In order to add the divorce, you will need to position the woman and man directly next to each other, with a horizontal line between the two. The line will show the relation by marriage, and you will need to write a “div” on top of the line (“D” is the term for death, so don’t make sure to add “div.” rather than “D”.
Also, make sure to include the date that the divorce was finalized, as that will be an important fact to add to the chart.
These tips can help you to present the information on the charts clearly and visibly, and will ensure that anyone reading the chart can find out at a glance who the name and information belongs to. It will take a bit more time to do it this way, but it will be worth it if you are planning to pass the family tree chart on to your children and grandchildren.
Why Make Family Trees?
Many people wonder why making a family tree would be a good idea in the first place, as they don’t really think that it is something that is worth their time.
Here are a few reasons why making a family tree can be a good idea for you:
- It will bring you closer to your family. After all, if you know who your relatives are and who your family is, you will be able to feel the connection that you share.
- It will help you to learn more about history and your ancestors. History is a mystery to many people, but imagine being able to learn about one person that actually lived in that time and place. By learning more about your family and ancestors, you will be able to learn more about the lives that they led in the times that they lived in.
- It can help you to learn about your heritage. Many people have no idea where they come from, and they have no idea what kind of roots they have. If you want to learn more about your heritage, you may find that your history is filled with a very rich culture. It will help you to identify with a culture, which will make it possible for you to embrace your heritage completely.
- It can be a fun activity for you to do with your kids. Most likely your kids don’t know as much about your history and ancestors as you did when you were a child, but taking the time to make your own family tree chart using family tree forms will be a fun way for all of you to work together and learn about your shared family history.
These are just a few reasons that making a family tree can be a good idea, and you will find that doing so will be a great way for you to learn about your history – as fascinating as it no doubt is!
Your Family Tree Made Easy
If you want to make it as easy as possible for you to make your family tree, you will find that using a family tree creator will be one of the best things that you can do. The family tree creator will enable you to organize all of your information quickly and easily into a single family tree form, and you will be able to print out the form in order to have it to post on your wall. It will be a whole lot easier than making it yourself by hand.
Another great thing about the software is that most of these programs will give you access to databases where you can find information on all of the relatives that you are trying to track down.
You will be able to sort through all of the information quickly, and you can find the details, names, and dates that you need to complete your chart. It will make it easier for you to put together the pieces of the puzzle that is your family tree, and it will help you to put it together for your family!
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There are many tools that you can use for your family tree research, and the Free Family Tree Template page will help you learn about a few of them!
Want to know how to fill in the information in your family tree? The Free Family Tree Forms page will give you all the tips you need to make filling out you chart easy and quick!
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