How do you print your online family tree clearly and efficiently (without having to tape pieces of paper together)? Whether you want to share a physical copy of your tree with relatives or display a family tree poster proudly on a wall, a little know-how can prevent a lot of frustration down the road.
Here’s what you need to know before printing your family tree!
Printing from the major genealogy sites
Ancestry and other major genealogical companies give you the option to print family tree posters directly from your account. Your can print your tree directly from Ancestry.com by clicking the “Print” button near the top right of the screen (it’s recommended that you print the pedigree view to save paper).
Ancestry also has a partnership with a professional printing company, MyCanvas by Alexander’s, which prints family photo books, calendars, posters and more. You can access MyCanvas from your Ancestry account to print your family tree in a variety of styles and sizes, starting from $14.95.
To print your tree from MyHeritage, select the Family Tree tab and find Print Charts and Books – family trees are available starting at $30.50.
Printing from software
Most genealogy software programs also allow you to print your family tree. These trees often aren’t very decorative, so if you’d like more options you can search for and add-on program. For example, Legacy Family Tree’s Charting Companion lets you create family trees in a variety of shapes and sizes. RootsMagic provides it’s own printing service, where you can print charts, maps and trees created in and outside of the RootsMagic software.
Using a service
There is a wide variety of services that can make family trees for you, in a range of styles and price points. Create charts to print at home, or get it professionally printed on high-quality paper. The level of customization on the print-at-home services varies widely, so it’s a good idea to know what you want the final product to look like before you choose! We’ve listed some examples below:
Geni (free JPEG for download)
OnePage Genealogy (free PDF download)
TreeSeek (free PDF for download)
Keepsake Family Trees ($45 and up)
Family Chart Masters ($24.95 and up)
Create one yourself
Don’t have an online family tree or want to create one from scratch? SmartDraw provides templates that allows you to create family trees and other genealogical charts. You can also find a variety of blank trees and templates online, including free or low-cost options from Etsy and ThoughtCo.