A family tree is a visual representation of one’s family members, tracing relationships to common ancestors. In as much as they are the best portrayal of a person’s lineage and vary greatly based on their intended use, structure and the amount of information they present, many people do not know how to draw a family tree.

Visually similar to an org chart, this diagram is usually presented in a tree structure starting with one person as the root. The root then extends to branches which further span to leaves. Each leaf represents specific family members with detailed information about them such as birth and marriage dates.

Why come up with a family tree?

There are many reasons why people create genealogy charts but one main reason is to get some insight into their ancestry. Below are some other reasons.

It’s fun and enjoyable

It helps people have a better understanding and tracing of genetics and family health concerns.

It helps know historical events associated with your family.

As a parent, it’s a good way to enable your children gain more interest so that they will want to learn about their ancestors and also have interest in preserving family stories.

How to draw a family tree

Drawing a family tree is considered a traditional way of doing things. Nevertheless, this old-school way of doing things still has enormous appeal. You can decide to draw a simple genealogy chart showing you and your close family members.

You can as well come up with a complicated one including you, your parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, and uncles, cousins, and the list continues. It’s therefore up to you to decide whether to have it simple or make it as complicated as you wish. The depth you go and whom you include in your business.

Before you jump in to start drawing your family diagram, there is some little planning. For you to come up with a detailed and eye-catching one, you need to have a proper plan for undertaking this.

For example, you will have to gather some information from older members of your family-its not a crime to ask. You may also decide to go as far as adding images of your ancestors.

There is no law that commands how you should draw your family chart, the power is in your hands. However, here is a flow of how to draw a family tree chart.

Accumulate your family information

Record what you know, request other family members to fill in the spaces, and find pictures and archives. Visit libraries and online genealogy sources to look for evaluation records, reports, land deeds, and different archives that can verify your parentage.

You may have heard about some people saying that they’ve traced their lineage all the way to Adam and Eve, but I would advise you not to try that because your efforts may be wasteful.

It’s exceptionally elusive to trace records seasoned more than a few hundred years ago. Some of these records were destroyed in fires, floods,acts of war and straightforward carelessness.

Don’t forget that some ancestors were also illiterate and never had the idea of creating a family tree or just keeping ancestral records. A few regions of the world were also better at keeping and saving records than others, so how far you can return will rely upon where your family came from and the available information.

Most family tree outlines trace ancestry back three or four generations because of the limited information.

Ready to draw

Start with yourself

Place yourself towards the bottom or middle of the center of the page, because older generations will go above you. But leave space underneath your symbol for your information like date of birth, any medical conditions, height and weight (optional).


Draw your brothers and sisters next to yourself. Older siblings go on your left, younger siblings on your right. Then draw vertical lines up from each sibling and connect the vertical lines with a horizontal line. This represents a sibship. Half-siblings should be added later.


Draw your parents above yourself. Draw a horizontal line connecting your parents. Then draw a vertical line from the horizontal line to the sibship line.  The horizontal line is a relationship line.

If your biological parents are divorced or not together, draw a diagonal line through the horizontal line. If either of your parents has children with a different partner, draw a second relationship line to the other partner.

Any half-siblings from this relationship should have a vertical line stemming from the new relationship line.

Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces & Nephews

Your parents’ siblings are drawn next to them and connected with a sibship line.  It’s okay if you have to draw them out of order by age, but do your best!

In order to save space, you may choose not to include the spouses of your parents’ brothers and sisters. When drawing cousins, connect their line of descent directly to their parents or to their parents’ relationship line. Same concept when drawing the children of your siblings (nieces and nephews).


 Draw your maternal grandparents above your mother, or your mother’s sibship line. Connect them with a relationship line and draw a line of descent to your mother or mother’s sibship line Draw your paternal grandparents above your father, or your father’s sibshipline. Connect them with a relationship line and draw a line of descent to your father or father’s sibship line.

 Add information to each leaf

Each family member will be represented by a shape connected by lines to represent connections. Place pictures, significant occasion dates, and some other data you need to remember for your leaf. As you set up this data, we would suggest a couple of extra guidelines.

1. Make it simple

In the event that you need your genealogy chart to be valuable to different individuals from your family, keep it simple so that the data can be effortlessly examined and processed. Try to have each degree of the tree speak to a solitary age so it is easy to trace relationships.

2. Try not to air your family’s filthy clothing 

Who is going to be looking at this genealogical record graph? There might be some special kinds of mysteries that are not known to all living relatives, so attempt to be touchy about adding data that may not be excessively welcome to a portion of your family members. 

3. Share your family tree diagram

Whenever you have completed your lineage outline or genealogical record graph, distribute it to your relatives and allow them to consider their parentage or learn new family stories. You can likewise welcome them to give extra information.

We hope you had great entertainment with your family tree. They are a very good way of displaying your hard work and helps you identity spaces for branches you need to work on and fill. They are also a brilliant idea for piquing the interest of fellow family members.