How to Create a Family Tree in Microsoft Word

In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a family tree in Microsoft Word. Creating a Family Tree in Microsoft Word is a great way of getting started in family history. Using the powerful diagramming tools of Microsoft Word, you can quickly and easily create a family tree. A family tree diagram is a structured diagram or chart showing the family relationships. Each family tree shows the different generations of a family in either a linear or horizontal format. This hierarchical family tree approach in Word makes Microsoft Word family trees perfect for beginners to understand. In this example, we will adopt a pedigree or horizontal approach to the creation of our family tree.

 

How to Create a Family Tree in Microsoft Word

 

Step 1 – Getting Started with a Family Tree

To begin to create a family tree in Microsoft word, the first step is to open the Microsoft Word 2016 Application. You will be presented with several options to get started. Select the “Blank Document “option to begin.

Start to create your family tree in Microsoft Word

Start to create your family tree in Microsoft Word

Step 2 – Using Smart Art to Create a Family Tree

We will use smart art in Microsoft Word to create an initial structure for our family tree. Select the insert option from the main toolbar. Next, select the SmartArt option. A dialogue box will then open presenting you with various options to make your family tree chart.

Selecting your family tree chart type

Selecting your family tree chart type

 

Step 3 – Selecting Your Family Tree Chart

Select the “Hierarchy” option from the list of options on the left-hand side of the SmartArt options to present the various chart types. The hierarchy structure provides a perfect template to begin creating a family tree. The “organizational chart” or the “Picture organizational Chart ”or the “circle organizational chart ”are structured similar to a family tree and all present an excellent choice. Each chart provides placeholders to add family members, details, and even pictures. Select the chart you wish to use by clicking on the chart. To proceed, click the “Ok” button. Microsoft Word will then insert the chart onto your page for editing.

Selecting a Hierarchy Family Tree Structure

Selecting a Hierarchy Family Tree Structure

Step 4 – Adding Family Member Names

The family tree chart inserted shows three generations. These three generations could be you, your parents and grandparents. We will add additional boxes at a later stage. Let’s assume John is your Grandfathers name, Peter you Fathers name, your mother’s name Lyndsey and you are called Susan. We will use these details as an example.

Select the topmost box and enter the name of your grandfather. Underneath that box, you will enter the name of your father. Underneath that box, you will enter your own name.

Adding family names to the family tree

Adding family names to the family tree

Step 5 – Adding New Family Members

To add a new box to show Lyndsey’s position on the tree, firstly select the text box associated with “Peter. Next click on the “Add Shape” button. The button is located on the top left of the screen. This will add a new box to your family tree chart directly opposite Peter. Select the new box and tye the name “Lyndsey”.

Adding new members to the Microsoft Word family tree

Adding new members to the Microsoft Word family tree

 

Step 6 – Additional Family Details

Microsoft Word makes it easy to add additional information to your family tree. To add a date of birth to a family member, simply click on the family member, type in the additional information. Next, select the additional information, select the Home Tab and reduce the font as normal. Details such as date of birth, place of birth, date of death etc. can easily be added. The process to create a family tree in Microsoft Word is relatively straightforward and can produce a stunning family tree.

 

Step 7 – Adding Family Photos

Adding photos to your family tree is a fun and interesting way to decorate your family tree. To add an image picture to a family member, simply click on the image icon located on the family member box. The dialogue box below appears. We will select the “From a File” option.

Adding family member photos to family tree

Adding family member photos to the family tree

Navigate to the chosen picture on your computer, select the picture and click “ok” to proceed. An image should now have been added to your Microsoft Word family tree.

Adding family member profile pictures

Adding family member profile pictures

 

Step 8 – Adding Color to Represent Gender

Individual chart boxes can be changed to represent gender in your family tree or even specific relationships or generations. To change the color of a family member, select the family member box and right click on the box to see the “Fill”. Click the fill option and select your new color. Adding Colour can bring a new lease of life to your Microsoft Word family tree.

Customizing family tree in Microsoft Word

Customizing family tree in Microsoft Word

Step 9 – Adding Generations

As our family tree grows, we may wish to add more generations to the chart. To add a new generation to the chart, ensure the chart is selected and you are once again in the Design Tab. Select a family member on the chart, in this case, we will select Susan. Click on Add Shape from the top left of the screen, select Add Assistant. This will create a new branch in your family tree. This concludes the main steps required to create a family tree in Microsoft Word, next its all about customization.

Step 10 – Adjusting Layout

As family trees grow, adjustments may be required for the layout of your Microsoft Word chart. The first recommended adjustment is to change the layout from portrait to landscape. To do so, select the “Layout” tab, select “Orientation”, select “Landscape”

Step 11 – Adjusting Layout

To adjust the size of your chart to ensure it fits your layout best, select the family tree chart. Next, click on a corner and drag the shape outward or inward as needed to resize. Microsoft Word will automatically adjust the contents of your family tree to reflect the new height. As your tree gets bigger, many of the branches or generations can appear small.

 

 Step 12 – Saving Your Family Tree

Once you have completed your family tree in Microsoft word it’s important to save your work. To save your work select “File” and “Save” from the main menu.

 

 

We hope this tutorial has enabled you to create a family tree in Microsoft word 2016 quickly and easily.

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