A. Previous versions of Family Tree Maker <www.familytreemaker.com> could print an All-In-One Chart showing all of a person’s relatives. (Updates to version 2008 might bring it back.) Other programs don’t offer this report, primarily because an All-In-One Chart works fine with a small number of relatives say, 25 or fewer but quickly becomes unwieldy with a larger family.
If you’re researching your ancestors and some of their descendants, you’ll find it more useful to print several charts and reports, each focusing on a single family or one person’s ancestors or descendants. For example:
• Family group record: Summarizing your information on a couple and their children, this letter-size report is ideal for your research notebook.
• Pedigree or ancestor chart: Usually showing three to five generations in a tree format, these charts are also handy for quick reference.
• Register report: A narrative report outlining someone’s descendants, it uses a standard numbering system so you can easily trace family lines.
• Ahnentafel report: It’s like a register report, but shows a person’s ancestors.
• Hourglass chart: A “root” person appears in the middle, with ancestors branching upward and descendants branching downward.
From the July 2008 Family Tree Magazine