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How to Use a Printable Blank Family Tree

by eHow Contributor

Whether you need a family tree for a class project, a heritage scrapbook or as a place to record information you've found in free ancestry records, find a printable family tree as a simple solution. Save time with a free online family tree template that allows you to customize the graphics, ancestor details or number of generations. Consider these tips to use a printable blank family tree.

Find printable blank family tree forms at craft or scrapbooking stores. Free downloadable family tree templates are also available from websites such as MyHeritage.com, UFTree.com, Education-World.com, TrustyGuide.com and SmartDraw.com.

Choose a template that allows you to customize the family tree for a specific number of generations and add details for each ancestor such as birth, marriage and death dates and locations. If you have gaps in your ancestry records, find your family history through websites such as Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org.

Select a printable blank family tree that allows you to input the information before outputting or that lets you to adjust the size to suit your handwriting style. Print the blank family tree on translucent vellum for an antique look or on heavyweight, acid-free cardstock to include on a heritage scrapbook layout or in a baby's album. If you're presenting the family tree as a gift for a grandmother, for example, output the document on printable fabric (available at office supply and craft stores) and enclose it in a beautiful frame.

Fill the family tree out using an archivally safe pen to prevent fading and preserve the information for future generations. Use clear printing instead of fancy calligraphy so the names, dates, locations and notes will be easy to read.

Make copies of the completed family tree for other family members and scan the family ancestry information into your computer to save on a compact disc. You may also wish to store an extra copy in a fireproof safe.

Tip

  • Some online family tree websites also feature printable family ancestry research forms that allow you to record the sources of your information. Include these details in your heritage scrapbook, too, in case future generations want to use the same sources or confirm your findings.