Example Of A Family Tree

A family tree diagram preserves your genealogy for future generations.  It gives you the opportunity to research where you and your spouse came from.  Understanding what has happened in the past can be the key to unlocking the future.  This article will walk you step by step on how to create a meaningful diagram.

You’ll want to start out with a piece of paper held sideways.  Place two squares evenly spaced from both sides toward the middle of the paper.  On the left side put your full name and on the right side put your wife’s full name.  To the left of your name, put down two vertical squares.  Put your father’s name in the top square and your mother’s name in the bottom square.  Draw a line to connect your parents to you.  To the right of your wife’s name, put down two other vertical squares.  Place her father’s name in the top square and her mother’s name in the bottom square.  Draw a line to connect her parents to her.

Your diagram should now look like the following.


This example of a family tree is known as a “Bow Tie”

To the left of your dad’s name, put two vertical squares.  The top square will contain the name of his dad while the bottom square will contain the name of his mom.  Draw a line to connect your dad’s parents to him.  To the left of your mom, place two vertical squares.  The top one will contain the name of your mom’s dad and the bottom will contain the name of her mom.  Draw a line to connect your mom’s parents to her.

To the right of the name of your wife’s dad, put two vertical squares.  The top square will contain the name of his dad while the bottom square will contain the name of his mom.  Draw a line to connect the parents of your wife’s dad to him.  To the left of your wife’s mom, place two vertical squares.  The top one will contain the name of the dad of your wife’s mom and the bottom will contain the name of your mom of your wife’s mom.  Draw a line to connect the parents of your wife’s mom to her.

Your diagram will look like the following.

Most people like to use this type of diagram to trace their genealogy going back five generations.  If you don’t know the name of someone who belongs in one of those boxes you can always leave the box blank for awhile.  The important thing is to complete this diagram to the best of your ability.  There are places you can go online where you can download a blank document that you can then fill in.

A variation of this format is to present the information for you on one chart, and your wife’s on another, this is known as an Ancestral Chart.


This example of a family tree is known as a “Generations Chart”

When you get the diagram as complete as possible, ask your parents and other family members to help fill in the rest as much as they can.  A complete genealogy diagram will have more value than one only partially filled in.  Your family is certain to appreciate the work you went into creating your family tree diagram and will talk about it for years.


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