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Easy Family Tree Charts

How to use these family tree charts to Track Your Family Tree.

Family tree charts are great tools for helping children visualize the family structure. Many of us have no idea of our own history beyond a generation or two. Many modern family structures no longer include traditional lineage. Does your child know where they stand in the family structure? Do you? These easy to understand family tree charts, tools and diagrams can help catalog your family structure. Today with DNA testing and online ancestry web sites learning about your past is easier than any time in history. You and your child will love learning about genealogical history. In fact, knowing their family history may provide comfort by giving children structure and comfort about familial connections to understand who they are and perhaps why family members clash or disagree.

Family tree research is a good family oriented project for grandparents and other interested relatives.

Don't forget to include adopted family members, in-laws, ex-laws and out-laws in the clan.

Teach Family Genealogy to Children

Topics of discussion when creating a family journal might include question and answer story starters such as:

  • The biggest troublemaker in our family was...
  • The most famous family member was...
  • You were named "xyz" after..
  • Who was the best baby...
  • Who was the crankiest baby...
  • The name of my favorite pet was...
  • The best present I ever received was...
  • I wanted to be a ____ when I grew up
  • The price of a candy bar when I was a kid was
  • Who was president when you were born?

Easy Family Egg Pods

Chart your tree with Ancestry pod people. Children can decorate cute little egg pod people to represent aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, Mothers and Dads and so on... Apply pod people and ancestry charts to class projects for children's social studies projects. Add color coded, self-adhesive stickers such as stars, hearts and other shapes to designate status in the family. E.G. a gold star for Mom and Dad, a heart for adopted children, etc. For ideas on designing period costumes for designing blank egg template refer to wikipedia folk costumes to start.

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Decorate ancestry diagrams with markers or Crayons for an extremely rewarding and educational project for children. Give family members a genealogical memory they may treasure for a lifetime and hand down to future generations.

NOTE:It is very important to print all images exactly the same size. That way you can be certain that all the extra people shapes will be the same size as the people shapes on the tree chart.

EasY Genealogy Template

These images are extremely large, width= 2000 px height= 1500 px. Click on the image to view in large form without page formatting.

Print the charts as large as possible on heavy-duty paper. Cut out the extra people shapes then paste them in the appropriate places in the family hierarchy.

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How to Research Your Genealogy to Create a Family Tree

The experience of researching your families genealogy can be quite enjoyable and satisfying. If the thought of research gives you a headache, envision the process as an easter egg hunt and new discovery a big chocolate bunny.

Family tree research is a lot of work but just take it one baby step at a time, then the project won't seem overwhelming.

The Family Tree chart is a useful tool for recording each branch of the family tree.

Print as many of these free family tree charts as you need and make one for each family group you are researching. Ultimately you could bind these charts into book form like a photo album for easy reading or just file in alphabetical or date order.

How to Track Your Family Tree

Here is a process that may help you arrange a workable plan:

  • Free Family tree charts for children to print and color.
  • Print several copies of the tree chart
  • Use the Family Tree chart and make a mini-tree for each relative that you know
  • Contact family members, particularly the elders and collect names of all of their relatives, and make mini trees for each of them as well
  • Add to the each name their birth and death dates and locations
  • Use the Internet to search for more family members:
  • Many common names such as Smith or Jones may or may not be related
  • Many names can have different spellings Smith, Smyth, Kelly, Kelley, Kallie, so be prepared for a spelling adventure!

Above all - have fun!