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Learn How to Make a Family Tree

There are many ways to make a family tree. The most simplistic is by writing down your family history on paper. However, as you start to grow your family tree, and add ancestors and descendants, adding and editing information becomes more daunting. Organizing your family tree in such a way that you can recall, add sources, media, notes, and tasks will become important, and difficult to do with just paper. Make a family tree with online genealogy software can help you immensely with your research, and staying focused and organized with all your genealogy tasks.

Different Ways to Share your Family Tree

Once you have your information, it is fun to create books, CD’s, etc. to share with your family as keepsake. There are various ways to share this data, through various forms and creative images.

One idea is to take important places and events for direct ancestors and plot out their information on a map to help visualize where they lived, and where important life events took place. It helps to give a deeper meaning and understanding of your ancestor’s life.

After adding notes, tasks, dates, images, etc. you can use reports and charts to help you see visually what you have added and what is missing for an ancestor or descendant.

Using Tools can Help you Understand your Genealogy Data

Sometimes when you are viewing a document it may be in another language, or written very small. To help make a family tree, that is where translation and screen magnifiers can come into play with deciphering historical information. Once you uncover new event dates, other valuable data, you might want to use a relationship or date calculator to understand what you have uncovered.

Discovering where your ancestors have lived and plotting the data on a map is fun. We like to find old land patents and use a program to convert Range and Section into Lat and Long to see exactly where they owned land. Another fun thing to do is find directories and plot out how a relative migrated around the country.

Unique Progress Rating Chart Helps with Building and Understanding your History

Our progress rating chart is a great tool that helps you to understand where you have spent time doing family tree research. It helps to visually see information about a person and the relationships that are confirmed based on sources you have added. This is always visible on all screens, so you don’t have to print out reports. We find that when you start to add data, that sometimes you can get overwhelmed with, what you have searched, and what you need to work on next. Just click on one of the squares to be brought to that person, or use the person search box, to work another family. From your screen, you can scroll down to see what information you have and what is missing.

  • Squares outlined in pink signify a female.
  • Squares outlined in blue signify a male.
  • Squares with a line through them signify the person is missing from the family genealogy tree.
  • Squares that are white signify they have no sources.
  • When you are on a screen that shows the Progress Rating Chart, select any square and that person will become the focus person.
  • Hover over the square to see the details of that person.

from Research Team...
Connecting with Family
Native American Research
Research your Irish Genealogy
City Directories
Make a Family Tree
Beginner Research Tips
Historical Census Data
Program Features
Unique Features
Color Coded Family Progress Rating Chart
Source Rating Calculator
Easy Tracking Features
Ability to recall changes
Link people across multiple trees
Add documents for use later
Prioritize your tasks
Research Tools
Over 1,000 genealogy research links
Access New FamilySearch
Genealogy Wiki
Collaborate with other researchers
Online Program Management
Web enabled genealogy program
MAC and PC friendly
Import GEDCOM files
Export partial GEDCOM files
Build multiple trees
Data Entry
Add LDS Ordinances
Create and manage custom events
Automatic date format
Relationship options
Merge, link, detach, or delete people
Checks and Balance
File and people statistics
Monitor all your changes
Privacy options
Automatic check for data entry errors
Program Features
View, add, and edit sources
View, add, and edit notes
View, add, and edit tasks
View, add, and edit media
Add documents, even multiple page PDF files
Import multiple images at a time
Send messages to contributors, visitors & researchers
Program Tools
Date calculator
Relationship calculator
Map your ancestors
Update locations easily
Document Organization
Cross file documents easily
Quickly link attachments to multiple people
Filter and sort documents and media
View, Print, & Export
Sharing Your Genealogy
Invite people to view your website
Invite contributors to help build your tree
Privacy options for people and documents
Help desk for technical issues
Online video tutorials
Online users guide
Genealogy research hints and tips
Back-up of last 2 saves
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