Genealogy Fan Chart: Display and Print Your Family Tree in 7 Ways

April 15, 2020  - by 

The FamilySearch Family Tree provides an easy, free family tree template for your genealogy. Not only do you have four options for viewing your online family tree chart, but you can also print and display your genealogy fan chart in seven ways!

To view and print your fan chart, you need to have a family tree on It is absolutely free to create an account and start filling out the family tree template.

You can find your family tree fan chart by going to your family tree on and selecting Fan Chart from the menu in the top-left corner (or you can click here to go straight to the fan chart view).

The genealogy fan chart usually displays you as the central person. To start the fan chart with someone else on your tree, simply find that person on your fan chart, click the person’s name, and then click the Tree link in the box that appears.  

Different Family Tree Fan Chart Views

Once you have selected who you want at the center of the chart, you can view the fan chart in different ways. In each case, the fan chart still shows the names of ancestors as well as birth and death years.

Family Lines

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This view shows a basic fan chart of your family tree. The parent boxes are outlined in a gradient color. The rest of the fan chart is outlined and organized into four colors, one for each grandparent and the person’s ancestral line.

Birth Country

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The Birth Country fan chart is a great way to see what countries you and your family come from. Each box is colored based on where your ancestors were born.


fan chart of sources attached to family tree

The Sources view shades each box in the fan chart according to how many sources are attached to the person. This view can especially help you discover people in your family tree who could use a few more sources.


fan chart of stories attached to family tree

The Stories fan chart shades each box according to how many stories or memories have been uploaded and attached to each person in the chart.

This view makes it easy to see which family members have stories you can read about. All you have to do is click the person’s box on the fan chart and then click the Person link. The person’s profile page will open, and you can view stories about the person in the Memories tab.


Similar to the Stories view, the Photos view shades the fan chart boxes based on how many photos have been attached to each individual in the family tree. To view these photos, click the person’s box on the fan chart and navigate to the person’s profile page to view memories.

Research Helps

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The Research Helps view of the genealogy chart can show you which people in your family tree could use a little more research. The boxes are organized in three categories, each with its own color—Data Problems, Record Hints, and Research Suggestions.


If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and your FamilySearch account is a Church account, then you can also view your fan chart in an Ordinances view. This view shows the status of your family member’s temple ordinances by coloring the boxes according to three categories—Available, Needs Information, and In Progress.

How to Adjust and Print Your Fan Chart

To adjust and print your fan chart, follow these steps:

  1. Use the Generations bar to select the number of generations you want to view in the genealogy chart.
  2. Select which view of the fan chart you would like to see by using the sidebar that appears on the left.
  3. Click the Options drop-down menu in the right corner. There, you can choose whether to invert the colors of the fan chart. When you are ready, select Print.
  4. A new tab opens that displays your fan chart. From there, you can download and print the genealogy chart.

How the FamilySearch Fan Chart Can Help You

When using these genealogy fan chart views to look at your family information, you are bound to make new discoveries. Instead of scrolling through your family tree chart or clicking on individual screens to gather information one piece at a time, you can now get an overview on one screen. And remember, it’s free to start filling out our family tree template!

The next time you are looking at your family on, take a moment to try the fan chart view. You just might see your family in a whole new way.

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  1. On PAF, Personal Ancestry File, you could go to oldest person on tree and print all descendants. This showed all the different generations. Or start with yourself and print all ancestors. How can I print oldest ancestors and all descendants on Family Search ?

    1. I am receiving information about a family member’s headstone on this site, but when I click on it, another family member’s headstone picture comes up instead. I can’t reach the picture that was sent to me of my relative’s headstone. How do I get to it? Thanks!

  2. When using Personal Ancestry File I could go to myself and print a chart with ancestors . I could also go to a particular ancestor and print descendants. How can I print descendants from a person on family search please ?

    1. Good question! It looks like you can’t print a fan chart view of descendancy. However, you can view your family tree in descendancy view and then print the web page. Hope that helps!

      1. That’s a shame. I’m in contact with many 3rd and 4th cousins, and having a descendant chart centered on our common ancestors would be helpful. We have a circle/wheel chart created manually 40 years ago but would like an update.

  3. I have completed my maiden name BEHR family tree from my Grandfather Aloysius Michael Louis Behr, Born in BloemfonteinSouth Africa, right down to my grandchildren. Unfortunately I have no information of my great grandparents, my grandfather’s siblings. My Grandfather is buried in Bloemfontein. My Dad told us that our ancestors are from Germany.

  4. Thank you for this update. Some very unique tools have been offered. Hope to take advantage of them very soon.

  5. How about including the ability to increase the number of generations. I have created a fan chart with 12 generations, including jpgs that I have had commercially printed on 48″ x 48″ paper.