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Free Online Family Tree Maker

Updated on December 19, 2013

How To Start a Family Tree

I've compiled a list of all the greatest resources for tracing your genealogy and making a family tree. I've sorted and rated all of these family tree templates, genealogy books and family tree software to save you time and help you get started.

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1.Free family tree templates

a. family tree templates for kids

2. Family Tree and Genealogy sites

a. both paid and free sites

3. Family Tree and Ancestry books

4. My personal tips and tricks as well as questions to use for building your family tree. I've compiled great lists of questions you or your kids can use when "interviewing" family members about your family history.

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Free Family Tree Template - Start here to make a family tree

Free Family Tree Template
Free Family Tree Template

Making a family tree is easy, fun and free. A good way to get started is to print out one of the many free family tree templates available.

I've included several family tree templates here that you can use. I've also included links to some of the best sites to find family tree templates for kids, or the whole family.

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Great Family Tree Builder Books

Great Kindle books you can get from Amazon instantly and at the best price. These are my favorite guides.

Family Tree Software

Here are the current best software tools for helping you build your family tree. I've chosen the top rated Amazon family tree software so you know you'll get a good product at the best price.

Best Genealogy Websites - Tips for working on your family tree

Starting your family tree can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t need to be. You can break down the search for your ancestors into easy weekly or monthly tasks and if done right these tasks can actually be an enjoyable time that will bring you closer to your family. To get started you don’t need expensive software or subscription services though once you have a pretty good family tree built you’ll probably be excited about it and want to acquire better tools to really trace your ancestors.

kids family tree template, how to fill in family treeYour parents or grandparents are an excellent source of family history. I used to sit and chat with my grandmother for hours. She would need little prompting and could recall great great grandparents, aunts uncles, weddings, births deaths and who lived where when. To start off keep a notebook and just take notes while you ask your parents or grandparents a few questions. You won’t have to work hard at this because they’ll be happy to talk to you for hours, I promise. Once they give you a broad overview then ask for more details. Example: ”Where did uncle Bob work after he graduated?” ”When did he get married to aunt Susie?” ”what was aunt Susies maiden name?”Cute Free Family Tree

Generally you’ll find that talking to your grandmother will yield information such as birthdates, weddings and deaths wile talking to your grandfather will yield where family members worked, what cars they drove and what houses they lived in. Write down all of this information. You won’t use alot of it to fill in your family tree at the beginning but as you get more involved over time you’ll be glad you saved this information.

If you just spend an hour or so with a grandparent every week, or whenever you have time,you’ll be amazed at how fast your family tree begins to fill in. Then print out a family tree chart and fill in the family members you now know and take it back to your grandparents and you’ll be surprised at how many more of your ancestors they’ll be able to fill in when they see your family tree and the holes in it. Good luck, the key is to just get started and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how enjoyable it is talking with your family and finding your ancestors and filling in your family tree.

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Family Tree Templates - Here's an easy to fill out family tree template

Family Tree Templates

The best Family Tree templates available from Amazon

Family Tree Template for Kids

How to Start a Family Tree - A MUST use tool for any online genealogy and family tree researcher

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    • yayas profile image


      4 years ago

      I love genealogy and have been searching for many years. I have not had a lot of success in that time. However, I still keep trying because I know that, one day, my elusive ancestors will suddenly jump out to lemme' know where they have been hiding. Thanks for the great tips.

    • lgflorida profile image


      5 years ago

      Like your lens....I was able to track my family in Latvia. Feel free to visit my lens

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      5 years ago

      This is such a great family project.

    • MariePalmer LM profile image

      MariePalmer LM 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. I always love great tips on family history.

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      5 years ago

      Family trees are fun to make, you are able to see a overview of your whole family history

    • John Dyhouse profile image

      John Dyhouse 

      5 years ago from UK

      Tried to trace family, perhaps somewhat half-heartedly, but always met with stumbling blocks quite soon. LAck of on-line records seems to be the issue

    • AstroGremlin profile image


      5 years ago

      After you have done genealogy for awhile you learn to be skeptical. Original sources are the key. That and a great program like FTM to keep it all straight.

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      5 years ago

      Great templates, my daughter spent years researching our family and got me into it too.

      But no matter where you look if someone wants to hide their identity we have found they can. For instance putting in false birthdates, and place of birth. My father in law hid his birthplace very very well. In fact he would never even talk about it. We checked army records as well and they all showed different birth date discrepencies too. We loved researching way back then. Now with the aid of the computer it is much easier. We did have computers but not as much access back then.

    • EpicFarms profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice lens - love those templates! :o)

    • LaurieKristensen profile image


      6 years ago

      These are some great resources to help anyone trace their family tree. I will definitely check out a lot of the links you've provided, especially the resources to help trace ancestors in Ireland, because I have about 1/2 Irish blood running through my veins.


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