Free Charts and Templates
Learning to use a Pedigree Chart and a Family Group Sheet is one of the first steps in collecting and organizing your family history.
NGS offers two versions of a Pedigree Chart (sometimes called an Ancestor Chart) and one version of the Family Group Sheet. All of our free charts here are “fillable.” That means you can
- download the PDF,
- type your family information right into the chart,
- save it to your computer, and
- update it at any time.
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Family Tree Templates
- Family Tree Worksheet
Download this printable family tree worksheet and use it in school to let kids answer simple questions about their current family members and ancestors. This template is divided in two, on the left the family tree and on the right some line where you can fill in the answers. Available as printable PDF file.
More family tree templates
4 Generation Pedigree Chart
Apple Family Tree Template
Family Tree for Kids
- Simple Family Tree Template
- Blank Family Tree Template
- 5 Generation Family Tree Template
Our selection of Family Tree Worksheet templates can be downloaded for free in PDF and Microsoft Word file formats. You can use any of the blank family tree templates to make your own version for your family members.
- Family Tree Template for Kids
- 4 Generation Family Tree Template
- 7 Generation Ancestor Info Chart
- 5 Generation Ancestor Chart
- 4 Generation Ancestor Chart
- 3 Generation Family Tree Template
- Family Tree With 4 Siblings Template
- Family Tree for Children
- 7 Generation Ancestor Chart
- 6 Generation Ancestor Chart Details
- Family Unit Chart
- Family Tree With Aunts, Uncles and Cousins Template
- Family History Tree Template
- Family Tree With Cousins Template
- 4 Generation Family Tree Many Siblings Template
- Adoptive Family Tree Template
- Ancestor Sheet Template
- Adoptive Family Tree With Siblings Template
- Picture Frame Family Tree Template
- 6 Generation Ancestor Chart Template
- Blended Family Tree Template
- 3 Generation Family Tree Many Siblings Template
- 5 Generation Family Tree Siblings Template
- Apple Family Tree
- Family Tree Chart
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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).
4 Generation Family Tree Pedigree Chart: Portrait (.pdf) | Landscape (.pdf)
Family Tree Template with Photos
License : Personal Use
Designed by : Jon Wittwer and Jim Wittwer
Description : This family tree chart template for Excel and Word allows you to easily insert photos from your computer. The tree looks great with photos added. In case it's not obvious, you start with yourself at the base of the tree, enter your parents in the two spaces in the upper part of the trunk, and work up the branches from there to list grandparents and great-grandparents.
6-Generation Family Tree Template
Description : For my own research, I wanted to see more than just 4 generations on a single page. Almost all other 6-generation family tree templates that I've seen make the space for the names way too small and wasted a lost of space on the left side of the page. This is the new design we came up with and it works great for showing 6 generations.
You can still replace the placeholder images with photos, but they'll just be really small.
Update 11/8/2021 : I've added a worksheet for a 7-Generation family tree to this file. It prints in portrait orientation. Enjoy!
License : Personal Use (not for distribution or resale)
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
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.
- Graphical Family Tree - genealogy.about.com - A fun family tree that actually looks like a tree. Great for simple school projects and kids activities.
- 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.
- FamilyHistory101 at progenealogists.com - A site with a lot of guidance and instructions for genealogists.
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Five Generation Ancestor Chart
Document names and birth, death and marriage details for five generations of your family with this type-in genealogy chart.
Family Group Sheet
Use this essential family tree form to track specific information on an ancestor and his or her nuclear family, including spouse and children.
Adoptive Family Tree Template
This free adoptive family tree form has spaces for recording both a person’s biological and adoptive parents.
Stepfamily Family Tree Template
Use this form for recording information about stepfamilies in your ancestry.
Family Relationship Chart
Use this free reference chart to identify an unknown relationship between family members through their most recent common ancestor.
Ancestor Biographical Outline Form
Using this form, note information on events in an ancestor’s life such as education, military service, marriage and children.
Ancestor Research Worksheet
This free genealogy worksheet is ideal for tracking research on long-lost relatives or 20th-century ancestors.
Military Service Record Biography
Use this free form to write in your ancestor’s service information, and add a photo if you have one.
Cousin Chart: Free Download to Determine DNA Matches
Follow the steps on this cousin chart to figure out what kind of cousins you are with a relative, including percentage of DNA matches and average shared centimorgans.
Family Tree Chart How-to Articles
How to Fill Out a Family Tree Template
It sounds like an easy enough starting point: Fill out a family tree chart. But once you have the basic family history forms in hand, this seemingly simple task can become bewildering. Where do your siblings, aunts and uncles go? How do you deal with grandma’s second marriage? Do you use her maiden or married name? And what do all those numbers mean? Follow these five guidelines and you’ll be filling out family tree templates like a pro.
Family Tree Chart Types and Examples
How do you know which family tree chart is right for your genealogy goals? What’s the difference between all those options in your genealogy software? And what the heck is an Ahnentafel, anyway? Here’s a quick guide to some of the most popular family tree chart types and terms.
Tips for How to Make Non-traditional Family Trees
Whether for research purposes or decorative display, here are some expert answers on how to create a family tree for non-traditional families.