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Restoring Your Ancestry: A Guide To How To Draw A Family Tree

Emily Hutton

A family tree can not only connect you to your family but also help you discover new things about your roots. In this article, you’ll learn how to draw a family tree and the different kinds of family trees there are. By the end of this project, you’ll be reminiscing old memories and unearthing new knowledge about your family lineage.

What Is A Family Tree?

A family tree is a visual representation of one’s family roots. Commonly included in these charts are the names and relationships of each individual. Some family trees have additional information such as birth dates, place of birth, or even the heritage of their great-grandparents and other ancestors. Others even include family pictures for more complexity and better visual representation in their family trees.

A family tree helps you trace your family’s ancestry with ease. It keeps things simple and straightforward on who your parents, grandparents, siblings, and other members of the family are. It also you connect with family members who you didn’t know of and learn what their relationship is with your family.

How To Draw A Family Tree

Creating a family tree can be hard, especially if you don’t know where to start or plan to do more than just a single generation. To make it easier, here’s what you need to do before you start drawing a family tree:

1. Research Your Family History

First, you should gather information on your genealogy. You can do this by asking your mother and father, but keep in mind that they may not be able to tell you everything you need to know.If you want to go further, ask other family members like your cousins, grandparents, or others in your extended family.

While you’re researching, decide how far back you want to go. While it could be interesting to write down all your family relations, you might end up with a genealogy that dates back centuries if you go too far. Plus, regardless of the medium you’re using to draw a family tree, there’s a limit to how many names can fit on a single page or diagram.

2. Draft An Outline

Once you’ve gathered information on your family and ancestors, the next step is to draw an outline. Write down the names of your relatives on a piece of paper or spreadsheet alongside the other details you want to include, such as the year they were born and when they passed.

Then, decide how you want your tree to look. You can draw a study on paper to map out where you’ll place certain family members. If you feel like that’s too much work or aren’t confident in your drawing skills, look up family tree templates online and customize them according to your liking.
Remember that family trees don’t have to be actually in the form of a tree – yours can be in the form of a chart, diagram, or something else. Get creative and find the form that best displays the information you’ve gathered!

3. Draw A Family Tree

Now that you’re equipped with all the necessary information and have a family tree diagram in mind, you can start drawing a family tree. As said, there are different ways to draw a family tree. That said, when drawing one, you should never forget the “branches” or “lines”.
These lines indicate a family member’s relationship with another person. For example, put a horizontal line between two people to signify marriage in the family tree. Meanwhile, you can connect kids to their parents by adding a vertical line.

It’s very important to get these connecting lines right – you don’t want to accidentally cause confusion by adding a horizontal line between siblings.

How To Draw A Family Tree On Paper

There are many ways to draw a family tree – you can draw them on paper or use a website to make them. Several family tree templates are available online if you can’t be bothered to make one on your own or have difficulty being creative about it.

That said, there isn’t just one way to represent your genealogy. Here’s how to draw a family tree with names in various ways:

How To Draw A Simple Family Tree

A simple family tree consists of just two generations: the mother, the father, and the children. To draw this, draw a tree with roots, a trunk, some branches, and leaves. The goal is to illustrate your family relationships from top to bottom.

Write your parents’ names at the top part of the tree, either on the tree branches or the leaves. Make sure you also draw a horizontal line between them, connecting their names, to represent their marriage.
Next, under your parents’ names, write your name. If you have any siblings, write their names next to yours. Make sure to place the names under the branch of your parents’. After that, draw lines connecting your name and your siblings’ names to your parents’ names.

There you have it – a simple family tree. To make it more creative and visually appealing, you can add other elements to the drawing, such as pictures, illustrations, or other information.

How To Draw A Family Tree On Paper

Drawing a family tree on paper is one of the easiest ways to represent your genealogy. But because correcting errors on paper is much more difficult than with a digital tree, you must carefully plan who you’ll include and how you’ll represent your family visually. If you’ve already drawn the tree and want to add another family member or generation, you’d likely have to draw the tree all over again.

First things first, decide how many family members you’d like to add to your family tree. Then, at the bottom or trunk of the tree, write your name as well as the names of any siblings you have. Working your way upward, write other family members’ names, like your parents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. You can also add their respective spouses and kids. At the very top, put your grandparents and great-grandparents.

As for how to draw a family tree with divorced parents, draw dashed lines instead of unbroken lines. You can add the rest of the family members, like your half-siblings and step-parents, on one side of the paper as well.

Just remember to do your research on your family members. Know their names and their relation to one another. After that, you can start drawing a family tree. And no matter how you draw it, just make sure that your family lineage goes from the newest at the bottom to the oldest generation at the top. This will represent how you (at the root) connect upward to your ancestors.

You can also use a family tree template to make things easier and quicker for you.

How To Draw A Family Tree Chart

Drawing a family tree on paper is one of the easiest ways to represent your genealogy. But because correcting errors on paper is much more difficult than with a digital tree, you must carefully plan who you’ll include and how you’ll represent your family visually. If you’ve already drawn the tree and want to add another family member or generation, you’d likely have to draw the tree all over again.

First things first, decide how many family members you’d like to add to your family tree. Then, at the bottom or trunk of the tree, write your name as well as the names of any siblings you have. Working your way upward, write other family members’ names, like your parents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. You can also add their respective spouses and kids. At the very top, put your grandparents and great-grandparents.

As for how to draw a family tree with divorced parents, draw dashed lines instead of unbroken lines. You can add the rest of the family members, like your half-siblings and step-parents, on one side of the paper as well.

Just remember to do your research on your family members. Know their names and their relation to one another. After that, you can start drawing a family tree. And no matter how you draw it, just make sure that your family lineage goes from the newest at the bottom to the oldest generation at the top. This will represent how you (at the root) connect upward to your ancestors.

You can also use a family tree template to make things easier and quicker for you.

Conclusion

Family trees are easy to draw, as long as you know your family’s names and relationships. You can make your tree even more enticing to look at with pictures.

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