Free Family Tree Template
Whether you need to make a family tree for a school project or you want to get serious about researching your family lines, the first step for any genealogy project is to start with a family tree. Vertex42's Free Family Tree Template (also known as a horizontal family tree pedigree chart) will help you quickly organize your family information. Choose from a few different formats and styles. If you wish to simply record information by hand, then download one of the printable blank family tree charts. Continue reading below the download block for additional tips on creating a family tree as well as links to other genealogy resources.
Printable Blank Family Tree Charts
These blank family tree charts will help you to hand-record your family history - great for class handouts. These can be used to create a family tree diagram for simple 4-generation family tree project, or you can cross-reference multiple family tree sheets for larger projects. If you want to save your work, we'd strongly recommend that you use our Free Family Tree Template or some other family tree software (see some of the resources below).
Free Family Tree Templatefor Excel, OpenOffice, and Google Sheets
These Excel-based Family Tree Templates are great for creating multi-generational family tree pedigree charts. The Excel workbook contains 2 different styles and orientations. See the screenshots on the right. It also includes the blank family tree charts used to create the PDF's listed above and the example Kennedy Family Tree shown below.
"No installation, no macros - just a simple spreadsheet" - by Jon Wittwer and Brent Weight
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Family Tree Chart Example
This is an example of a four generation family tree based on John F. Kennedy and family, created using the family tree template.
Tips to Make a Family Tree
- Start with what you know – you and your living relatives
- Ask your relatives for help using their memories and family documents such as Bibles, birth and marriage certificates, journals and military records.
- Review other websites to see what others have discovered about your family lines. Be careful as some of the family trees on line are not accurate. Check their sources.
- Focus on primary sources such as copies of birth, census, death and marriage records. Many of these are available on line for free or a nominal fee.
- Be patient – it can take a long time to uncover your genealogy.
- Consider CAPITALIZING the surname – this will help it stand out when reviewing your records
- List dates as 1 Jan 1890 to avoid confusion over formats such as dd/mm/yy or mm/dd/yy
- List locations or places as City/Township, County, State, Country. For example: Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
More Free Family Tree Charts, Templates, and Software
- Family Tree Fan Chart (PDF) - marthastewart.com - An interesting variation on a typical family tree formatted in the shape of a fan and covering five generations.
- Genealogy Charts and Forms at CyndisList.com - The ultimate collection of links to genealogy resources, including a lot of places that provide family tree charts and templates.
- Graphical Family Tree - genealogy.about.com - A fun family tree that actually looks like a tree. Great for simple school projects and kids activities.
- Family Tree for PowerPoint - office.microsoft.com - A simple PowerPoint based family tree provided as part of the Microsoft Template Library
- Free Family Tree Software - myheritage.com - One of several great family tree programs available online to help you record and navigate through many generations of information.
Genealogy and Family Tree Resources
- Ancestry.com - A vast collection of online original data including family history documents and family trees. (May be subject to fees).
- Free Family History Course at byu.edu - A free independent study course on how to get started with family history from BYU.
- Family Search at familysearch.org - The largest collection of original source material available free. You can also create Free Online Family Trees.
- FamilyLink at familylink.com - A very popular Facebook application and site for discovering family trees.
- Family Health History Tree at hhs.gov - Use this U.S. Government site to help you create a history or your family's health. This can help you and younger generations maintain their health.
- FamilyHistory101 at progenealogists.com - A site with a lot of guidance and instructions for genealogists.