How to Draw a Family Tree Chart

Updated February 21, 2017

Family tree charts are a great way to map out family lineages and to share family history with younger generations. Using simple steps and materials, family tree charts can be made to include information and photos of grandparents, aunts, uncles and the immediate family to add a more personal touch. Once the family tree charts have been completed, they can be placed inside of a picture frame to preserve and share with others.

Using a pencil and ruler, create four squares at the top of the 11-by-17-inch construction paper to represent each set of grandparents by drawing two 2-by-2-inch squares that are one inch apart from each other on the left side of the paper, then two others the same size on the right. Write in each grandparent's name, birthdate and date of death (if applicable), as well as any health conditions inside of the squares.

Create connection lines from the grandparents to their offspring by drawing a 2-inch vertical line down from each box, and then a 4-inch horizontal line right below it. Once the horizontal line has been created, draw additional 2-inch vertical lines down to represent each offspring reproduced by the set of grandparents. Create 2-by-2-inch squares under each vertical line for each child and enter their names, date of birth, and health conditions.

Identify the offspring of each child by creating a 2-inch vertical line down from each box, and then drawing a 4-inch horizontal line below it. A 6- or 8-inch horizontal line can be drawn in place of the 4-inch horizontal line if there are more offspring. Draw 2-inch vertical lines down from the horizontal line to represent each child born, and draw squares right below them. Enter each child's name and birthdate to complete the chart.

Outline the text, squares, and horizontal and vertical lines with a black marker after creating the chart. Photos can then be placed in each person's square on the chart.

Things You'll Need

  • 11-by-17-inch construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Black marker
  • Photos
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Anya Meave is a freelance writer from San Diego, Calif. She began writing in 2009 for various websites. Majoring in telemedia, she has written scripts for student projects and has been chosen to submit a spec script for the 2011 Nickelodeon Writers Fellowship. Meave has an associate degree in photography from Southwestern College.