Printable Family Tree Diagrams

Getting started with family history? Here is a free, blank family tree that you can print. It has a basic fill-in-the-blank layout of parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents with extra room for notes.

Even if you're experienced with genealogy and organize your tree information on a website such as WikiTree or Ancestry.com you might want to print out one of these when you're going to a family reunion, party, or visiting a grandparent. It's a great way to "troll" for new information. It can also be handy for parents and teachers looking for activities for children.

Scroll below for a variety of alternate tree diagram images, printing instructions, and usage tips.

There are also tips for using an online tree with printable charts as an efficient way to organize and maintain your family tree.

If you have a blog or website, there are family tree widgets you can embed in any blog post or web page. But even if you don't have a blog, you can print widgets.

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Alternate Diagram Images

Here are slight variations on the tree above. The most significant one is the MS Word Family Tree which may be easier to print for some people. (See the next section for tips on printing.)

Thanks to my brother Ted Whitten for the tree photos used as backgrounds in these images. The historical photos are from the Library of Congress. The maps are courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, UT at Austin.

If there is a family tree widget that parallels the design it's noted in the right column. These are designed for bloggers and web site owners to embed on web pages but they can also be printed by anyone.

family tree template thumbnailFamily Tree JPG 2: This is the same drawing of the family tree diagram with a different photo behind it. This image has fall colors.
family tree form thumbnailFamily Tree JPG 3: Again, the family tree layout is the same, but here the background photo has spring flowers.
family tree chart thumbnailFamily Tree JPG 4: Same tree layout with a forest brook in the background.
family tree for American immigrant families thumbnailFamily Tree with Ellis Island: Same tree layout with NY's famous entry point for immigrants.Ellis Island family tree widget
family tree for WWII-era relatives thumbnailFamily Tree for WWII-Era: With the famous V-J Day kiss in Times Square.World War 2 family tree widget
African family tree thumbnailAfrican Family Tree: With a world map focused on Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.
Asian family tree thumbnailAsian Family Tree: With a world map focused on Australia, Asia, India, and the Near East.
Boston family tree thumbnailBoston Family Tree: With a Boston map from 1842.Boston family tree widget
Chicago family tree thumbnailChicago Family Tree: With a Chicago map from 1901.Chicago family tree widget
English family tree thumbnailEnglish Family Tree: With a map of England.
family tree for European ancestry thumbnailEuropean Family Tree 1: With a map of Roman Europe.European family tree widget
family tree for European ethnicties thumbnailEuropean Family Tree 2: With a map of European ethnicities from the Middle Ages.
Irish family tree thumbnailIrish Family Tree: With a map of Ireland.Irish family tree widget
Italian family tree thumbnailItalian Family Tree: With a map of Italy.Italian family tree widget
Jewish family tree thumbnailJewish Family Tree: With a Star of David.
Latin-American family tree thumbnailLatin-American Family Tree: With a world map focused on the Americas.
Maine family tree thumbnailMaine Family Tree: With a Maine state map.
New-York family tree thumbnailNew York Family Tree: With a New York map from 1796 (compiled from the moft authentic information!).New York family tree widget
Vermont family tree thumbnailVermont Family Tree: With a Vermont state map.
Nova Scotia family tree thumbnailNova Scotia Family Tree: With a maritime province map.Nova Scotia family tree widget
blank tree diagram thumbnailFamily Tree GIF: A lower-resolution (72 ppi), black-and-white gif version of the original tree diagram and design.
blank family tree document thumbnailFamily Tree Word Document: The image is simply laid out with standard margins for easy printing.

See these links on Interesting.com for even more family tree forms and printable PDFs from other people and companies.

Family Tree Maker 2009

Printing the Trees

To print one of these family tree images with Internet Explorer, hover your mouse over the image and use the right-click button. Then select "Print Picture" on the menu. In the latest editions of IE you can also select the print icon from the top menu bar. In earlier editions, select File and then Print. To print one of the alternate versions instead of the main image you will first need to click on it.

With Mozilla Firefox, you can't hover over the image and right-click. Click on one of the alternates or right-click on the main image and select "View Image". From there select File and then Print, or click Cntl-P.

To print with Microsoft Word, click here for the tree document. Most browsers will ask if you want to open or save the file. Either is fine; opening is the most direct. This document should be compatible with all MS Word editions since Word 97. Once the file is open you print as normal.

More "technical" printing tips: The basic JPG images are 675 pixels wide by 900 pixels high at 90 pixels per inch. Its display dimensions are 7 1/2 inches by 10 inches. This way it can have a 1/2 inch margin on a standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of printer paper. But printing from images on the web is notoriously complex to get exactly right. Every operating system (Windows, Mac), every web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera), and every printer is different. To get the appearance you want, be sure to use the "Print Preview" function on your software. You can usually resize an image to fit the page. You can also set your "Page Options" in many programs to manually define the margins.

Including More Family Information

Adding ancestors: Its easy to combine trees to extend this beyond great-grandparents. Simply connect charts together by making a note by any name, e.g. "This person is the same on Family Tree Diagram #7" or "See Chart #3" and then make a separate note on the other diagram, e.g. "See Family Tree Diagram #1".

Some other forms you may find out there have a more structured layout than this template. Others include blanks for date of birth, date of marriage, date of death, place of birth, place of marriage, place of death. Rather than take up space with these I decided to leave empty spaces where you can enter the information you have available. I think this flexible format lets you fit more family info.

Maintaining a Printable Tree Online

Once you have collected some family history information on paper I highly recommend putting it in family tree software or on a family tree website. This will make it much easier to maintain and share, and safer for posterity.

Some people feel uncomfortable about putting family information online — for good reason. Therefore WikiTree enables you to control access through "Trusted Lists." For those who want to share their tree with distant cousins but keep nuclear family information private this is an ideal solution. Because of this unique privacy balance WikiTree is rapidly becoming a worldwide family tree.

Unlike family tree software and many genealogy websites, WikiTree is entirely free.

Here's an example of what a family tree chart looks like on WikiTree:

Sample Online Family Tree

Every tree also have a "Print-Friendly" version, like this:

Printable Online Family Tree

The printer-friendly tree is optimized for easy printing. It takes 100% of the height and width so there is no space wasted and it fits neatly on a single sheet of paper. Color is minimized so it doesn't use up expensive ink cartridges and comfortably prints in black-and-white.

Click here to view a sample online family tree or printable online family tree.

"What a fabulous toy! My daughter has a family tree assignment and WikiTree has made getting the info together a lot easier."

Printing Family Tree Widgets

For website owners and bloggers, there are family tree "widgets" you can embed inside any web page or blog post. Here is an example:

embeddable family tree updated live from WikiTree

These are dynamic trees that are always updated with the latest information. You can click on the links for more information.

Whether or not you have a blog, these widgets can be printed. This is a nice way to get an interesting tree with images of your family members.

To print one of these, choose the family tree widget design, and then isolate the URL in the first line of the code. Click that URL so it opens in a new browser window. For example, click here: http://www.wikitree.com/treewidget/Sample-7/200. You will need to replace "Sample-7" with the ID for the person you want at the bottom of the tree.

Free Permission

Copyright notice: These tree diagrams are completely free for use. Anyone is welcome to use these trees for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial. Print thousands! You can even republish them in a clipart collection or on your own genealogy website. All we ask is that if you copy them to another website you give credit by linking to http://www.WikiTree.com/ next to the image and you don't edit the image to remove where it says "WikiTree".