How to Make a Family Tree Online

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What is a Family Tree

A family tree is the most common drawing that shows the relationships among the family members or visually represents the lineage in a family. It can also help people trace back to their common ancestors. However, don’t limit your imagination and think that the family tree can only be drawn in just one family. When a couple gets married, you can connect the two families and make a larger family tree.

simpsons family tree

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Why Create a Family Tree

Why would people like to spend time in creating a family tree? Maybe it’s just for fun, but when you decide to do that, you might have some interest and want to get insight into who is your ancestry or where you came from.

Besides, using a family tree to record your family information is a good way to stimulate children's interest to learn about family history, instead of long family group sheets.

How to Make a Family Tree

It can be simple or complicated to draw a family tree. If you decide to include a large number of family members, like your siblings, your uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. and contains abundant personal information on each leaf, such as names, births, marriages, deaths, it will take you a long time to finish the drawing process.

Therefore, before you get started to make a family tree, make sure that you have a detailed plan and gather enough information about the family. Otherwise, it will become an endless work.

Here’re the simple instructions on how to make a family tree quickly for beginners.

Step 1 Gather information about family members

We recommend you use different methods to record your family information, like documents, pictures, and videos. Then you can double-check the accuracy of the information.

When you are new at making a family tree, it would be better for you not to create a complicated one. Because without existing and reliable records, it’s hard for people to find accurate and detailed information about your ancestry even a hundred years ago. You can try to make a simple family tree and know how to do it at the beginning.

Step 2 Draw a Family Tree Outline

You can draw a family tree outline on your paper or using Edraw Max Online. Doing so will help you transfer the information from sheets into a basic chart on the canvas. And you can also decide what kind of family tree you will want to make or how it should look like.

edrawmax make outline

Step 3 Add Information to Each Leaf

After you outline the basic structure of the family tree, the next step is to fill the chart with the information that you gather before. For example, you can add the names, births, and deaths on each leaf.

Each family member will be connected by lines to represent their relationships, and you can change the line colors to mark different relationships, like spouses, siblings, and parent-child.

But, how to insert photos into each leaf? In Edraw Max Online, use org chart shape as the leaves of the family chart, because you can replace the photo with your family member in the shape.

edrawmax org shape

Step 4 Share Your Family Tree Chart

Sharing good things with your family will always give you more happiness and peace of mind. So does share the complete family tree. Besides, you can invite your other family members to provide additional information or correct the wrong information instantly.

 If you draw your family tree in Edraw Max Online, click “Share” button on the upper right corner and select the desired way to share your family tree.

edrawmax share

Besides, you can select to export the family tree diagram to several common formats. Go to the File tab, click Export and choose one or some file types to download your family tree.

edrawmax export

More Interesting Family Tree Examples

Apart from starting from scratch, you can also use pre-made family tree examples to work out your family tree diagram. Below are some common family tree examples that can help you complete a simple family tree.

my family tree

Click (here) to download this basic family tree template and it may give you some inspiration for your own family tree diagram.

huang family tree

This is a family tree that shows the relationships among Huang’s family members. There you will see their names, birthdays, jobs. Click (here) to download this Huang Family Tree Template.

However, if you want to make a large or complex family tree chart with Edraw Max Online, it will be a better choice to use rectangles and connection lines to build your family tree and display family relationships in different generations.       

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