What are the different pedigree views in Family Tree?

When you use Family Tree on the FamilySearch.org website, you can display your family tree in different ways. These different displays are “pedigree views” or "views." Each pedigree view has advantages.

Note: To select which icons show on your tree, click Options at the top left corner of the window. (Note, Options is located at the top right in the First Ancestor view.)

Landscape

The Landscape view displays your pedigree horizontally, with you in the center, your descendants to the left, and your ancestors to the right.

The Landscape view is available in Family Tree on the FamilySearch.org website. It is not available in the Family Tree mobile app or Family Tree Lite.

Advantages:

  • You can see many generations of a family at one time.
  • You can follow one family line back or forward in time.
  • You can see record hints, research suggestions, and data problems.
  • You can see your spouse’s ancestors, if you have added them.
  • You can see your children’s spouses.
  • You can see whether a person has links to other spouses or parents.

Portrait

The Portrait view displays your pedigree vertically. You and your descendants are at the bottom, while your ancestors are displayed above. 

The Portrait view is available in Family Tree on the FamilySearch.org website and in the Family Tree mobile app. It is not available in Family Tree Lite.

Advantages:

  • You can see many generations of a family at one time.
  • You can follow one family line back or forward in time.
  • You can see record hints, research suggestions, and data problems.

However, you cannot see multiple spouses or parents for a person.

Fan Chart

The Fan Chart view shows you at the bottom of the fan. Your spouse and children show below you with your ancestors displayed above.

The Fan Chart is available on the FamilySearch.org website and the Family Tree mobile app. It is not available in Family Tree Lite.

Advantages:

  • You can see up to 7 generations of your ancestors at once.
  • You can identify where family lines end.
  • You can see how many photos, stories, notes, and sources each person has.

You cannot see multiple spouses or parents for a person.

Descendancy

The Descendancy view shows a couple’s descendants. It is available in Family Tree on the FamilySearch.org website. It is not available in the Family Tree mobile app or Family Tree Lite.

Advantages:

  • You can see your ancestors’ descendants.
  • You can see record hints, research suggestions, and data problems.

First Ancestor

The First Ancestor view is a top-down pedigree that displays clan or tribal genealogies (such as Chinese 家譜 or Korean 족보).

Advantages:

  • It is optimized for Chinese clan genealogies and similar patrilineal ancestry.
  • You can see record hints, research suggestions, and data problems.
  • You can add people, life sketches, events, and facts from the pedigree view.
  • You can see several generations on screen at once.

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