How to Write Out a Family Tree

by Emmanuelle Douglas
Start a family tree by researching your family's details.

Start a family tree by researching your family's details.

Writing out a family tree is a great way to see your family in a generational view. Family trees display the family's growth in a chart-type diagram. Trees can be a great gift to during the holidays or for family reunions. Use family tree templates to assist with this type of project and talk with elder family members to get family details to populate the tree.

Microsoft Word 2010

Click the "File" tab and select the "New" option. Type "Family Tree" in the search box. Review the matching family tree templates. Download the family tree template by clicking the "Download" button.

Type your personal family tree details in the applicable text boxes.

Save your changes by clicking the "Save" icon on the Quick Access Toolbar.

Google Documents

Access the Google Documents website (see Resources). Type "Family Tree" in the search box. Click "Search Templates." Review the matching family tree templates. Download the family tree template by clicking the "Use This Template" button.

Type your personal family tree details in the applicable text boxes.

Save your changes by clicking the "Save" icon on the main menu.

OpenOffice

Access the OpenOffice website (see Resources). Type "Family Tree" in the search box. Review the matching family tree templates. Download the family tree template by clicking the "Use This" button.

Type your personal family tree details in the applicable text boxes.

Save your changes by clicking the "Save" icon on the main menu.

About the Author

Emmanuelle Douglas has been an avid writer since 1990. Her first professional writing assignment was for "Oscar News," a local corporate Intranet website. She holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematical sciences from Clemson University.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera family tree image by Judy Ben Joud from Fotolia.com