Working on your family tree can be a lot like putting together pieces of a puzzle. Your genealogy research reveals little clues, which you collect up, and put into place. Perhaps you started with yourself, and then connected to your parents and siblings. Maybe you decided to work on just one side of your family for now, with intent to focus on the other side later on. No matter what way you are doing your research, you will eventually run into the same dilemma. How can you physically put all of your relatives into one family tree?
Fortunately, there are tools you can use that will help. Rather than take the time to draw out your own version of a family tree, you can download and print out some handy templates. There are many to choose from, if you know where to look for them online.
A great place to start is at ObituariesHelp.org, where you can find a great variety of templates to choose from. They have family trees shaped like a fan, like a bow tie, or in the traditional shape of a tree, (complete with a shadowy image of a tall tree in the background). There are pedigree charts that you can print out, too. They have family tree templates designed to hold three generations of a family, four generations, five, six, seven, eight, nine, or even ten generations of your family tree.
Family Tree Templates.net has fifty family tree templates that you can print out for free. Most of them have color, or black and white, images of trees in the background. You can find templates designed for three generations, four, five, or six. They also have family trees designed for families where an adoption has occurred. You can download customizable versions of a family tree for just $4.00, if you prefer. These are just a few of the online sources for family tree templates.