Free Printable Family Tree Templates and Online Family Tree Ideas

November 24, 2020  - by 
woman and child holding family tree template

Want to display your family story in a fun, creative way? The following free family tree templates will help you do just that. These family tree ideas not only look great on the wall, but filling out the family tree charts is a great activity to bring the whole family together!

Printable, Free Family Tree Templates

Print one or more of the family trees below, and fill out the boxes with your family names. For help on how to make a family tree online, skip to the bottom for information on FamilySearch’s family tree maker.

How to Make a Family Tree Chart Online

You don’t need to print family tree to record your family history. FamilySearch offers a wonderful free family tree maker you can access right from the app store or from your browser!

The FamilySearch Family Tree provides an easy online template for recording your genealogy. After filling out some basic information about your family (we recommend starting with the first four generations), you can view your family tree in several ways, including as a genealogy fan chart or basic pedigree chart. You can even print your online family tree chart!

Other Online Family Tree Ideas

For some other creative family tree ideas, you can check out our online family tree template activity that pulls directly from your FamilySearch family tree. All you need is a FamilySearch account (create one for free!) and a few names added to your family tree. FamilySearch will automatically generate a family tree image that you can print from home.

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  1. I love all of these templates and am anxious to start using them as soon as I get a printer. Because of the pandemic, I am waiting to buy my printer as I wouldn’t know how to install it and my family members can’t come over now. Hope it ends soon! I am so anxious to start using these templates for gifts for my family.

    1. You could go ahead and get a printer. Then call a place like Best Buy (just an example) and make an appointment with a tech person to get your printer set up. Sometimes directions that come with your printer are easy to use.

  2. I have downloaded a couple of these delightful trees and will fill them and give them away this Christmas. Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Teresa! Thank you for your question. You could start at the top with the individual and then come down the tree with each ancestor generation. Or you could put all the children and grandchildren on the tree. Or you could randomly put ancestor’s names on the tree. Good luck! I hope you come up with a great idea that works for you!

    2. One idea I had is to put the names of the grandparents in the largest circles, maybe including birth/death years. Then, the medium circles, put the names of the children (& possibly their spouses). And the smallest circles could contain the grandchildren names (or initials). I wouldn’t be afraid of leaving some blank, either. I see another comment where someone has the idea to put in photos. A combination might be nice.

  3. What do we do with the “Christmas Family Tree” after we print it? Do we add photos? How are the ancestors arranged on the page, or are they? Thank you.

    1. Hi Carolyn! Thank you for your question. You could start at the top with the individual and then come down the tree with each ancestor generation. Or you could put all the children and grandchildren on the tree. Or you could randomly put ancestor’s names on the tree. Good luck! I hope you come up with a great idea that works for you!

    2. The photos are a great idea. One idea I had is to put the names of the grandparents in the largest circles, maybe including birth/death years. Then, in the medium circles, put the names of the children (& possibly their spouses). And the smallest circles could contain the grandchildren names (or initials). I wouldn’t be afraid of leaving some blank, either. I think this format isn’t meant to be a specific arrangement for timeline or family order, but more random to honor family.

  4. Marvelous. I have ben wondering how to do a Family Tree. How can I save this??please, on to my machine???. Cheers, TeaL.

  5. So, Jessica, if I understand your blog article correctly, the templates do not auto-populate your ancestors; you have to fill them in later, correct?? There is a FamilySearch Keepsake Campaign that was sent to me that already has my family information filled in when I choose what I want to populate. Is that connected in any way to the templates you are offering above?? Several are the ones that the system can fill-in in the campaign email I received.

  6. Please change the title for starting a FamilySearch Family Tree which you have listed in this blog article. It is very misleading to use the terminology saying you are using Family Tree Maker to start working in the FamilySearch Family Tree program. There is a software program available through makiev.com which is NOT part of FamilySearch. That software is certified to READ information from the FamilySearch Family Tree, but it is not certified to update information. Your terminology will be very misleading for users who need help working in the FamilySearch Family Tree if they contact FamilySearch Support with questions about your “Family Tree Maker” information in this blog.