How to Create a Family Tree in Word

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How to Create a Family Tree in Word
Create a family tree in Microsoft Word. (family tree image by Judy Ben Joud from

If you want to create a family tree, you can use Microsoft Word. By using Word, you can choose to download a family tree template or you can use the hierarchy function to create a family tree from scratch. After you download the template or create the hierarchy, you will only need to enter your family information to complete the tree.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Use Word Template

  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Word and click the Office button located at the top, left-hand corner of the screen.

  2. 2

    Click "New" when the Office menu opens. The "New Document" dialogue box will open; you can create a new document or template here.

  3. 3

    Enter "family tree" or "genealogy" in the search bar at the top of the "New Document" box. A list of family tree templates will open.

  4. 4

    Click a template to preview a larger version of it. After you find a family tree template you want to use, click the "Download" button. The template will open in a new Word document.

  5. 5

    Delete the sample information from the family tree and type your family information.

  6. 6

    Click the Office button and select "Save As" after you finish entering your family information. Enter a name for your family tree and click "Save."

    Create Family Tree Using Hierarchy

  1. 1

    Open a new Word document and click the "Insert" tab located in the Word ribbon at the top of the page.

  2. 2

    Look to the "Illustrations" section of the ribbon and click the "SmartArt" button. A dialogue box labelled "Create a SmartArt Graphic" will open.

  3. 3

    Click the "Hierarchy" tab located in the left pane of the dialogue box and click one of the hierarchy types to insert. Any of the hierarchies will work for creating a family tree. Click "OK."

  4. 4

    Add boxes to the hierarchy so you can add extra family members. To add a box, right-click over the hierarchy and select "Add shape." Select where you want to add the shape--before, after, left, right, below or above. Repeat this step to add additional boxes. If you need to delete a box, select the box and press "Delete."

  5. 5

    Enter the family names in the hierarchy. Highlight the sample text in the hierarchy and replace it with the name of a family member. Repeat this for each box until you have completed your family tree.

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