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Easy Way to Make a Family Tree

by Cadence Johansen

Making a family tree can be difficult. This is especially true for those who have never made one in the past. You need to know who to put in the family tree as well as how to make it presentable to others. Although it can seem overwhelming, a few simple steps can help you share your family tree with others.

Talk to Your Family

If you have never made a family tree, you probably will not know where to start. The first thing you need to do is talk with family members. Start by making a list of everyone you know that belongs in your family tree. Talk to as many people on that list as you can. Perhaps your grandmother will know of a great great grandmother that you do not. Starting with your family is the best source for making your family tree. Be sure to take good notes as you talk to your family members.

Search Online

When you want to do a more extensive search of your family tree, consider using websites online. Using Ancestry.com is a great way to find out more information about your ancestors. This website is also a free and easy-to-use resource, so it is something that you will definitely want to take advantage of before you consider paying money for more family tree information.

Find a Template

Organizing the information in your family tree may seem daunting. Although you can try to handwrite your family tree, it can become difficult as you add more and more information to your family tree. There are many great resources online that will allow you to download or print a free family tree template. Family Tree Templates.net and UFTree.com are both great resources that will allow you to use their family tree templates for free.

About the Author

Cadence Johansen is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about travel, marriage, family relationships, caregiver support, home improvement and money. Johansen has been writing professionally since 2008. She holds a master's degree in family studies from Utah State University.