Creating a Family Tree Chart for Parents or In-Laws

Looking to create a Family Tree Chart for you parents or in-laws? It's easy and can take less than 5 minutes to create a gift they'll cherish always!

starting genealogy template

1) Select a template you like for a genealogy chart. Customize your starting template by selecting the number of generations you'd like to display (6-7 is the most popular!), your center configuration (we recommend "Couple") and any printing and framing choices.

try template for free

2) Click "Try This Template". This will bring you into the user-friendly family tree maker.

import from FamilySearch

3) Add your names, using either Family Search or GEDCOM import (or adding your names manually. If you have a FamilySearch account, we highly recommend that option. To do so, click "Import from FamilySearch", and log in with your credentials in the pop-up window.

Note: If you don't have names in a FamilySearch account or GEDCOM file, you can add names manually.

choosing center of the circle

4) Follow the steps to add either your father and mother, or your father-in-law and mother-in-law to the center of the chart, and voila! Your chart is populated!

Note: If you have already synced with your spouse in FamilySearch, you will have access to create a chart showing both you and your spouse's genealogy or your in-law's genealogy from your personal FamilySearch account. If you have not synced with your spouse, you will only have access to create a chart showing your own genealogy or your parent's genealogy. To create a chart showing your in-law's genealogy you can either sign into your spouse's FamilySearch account or follow this tutorial to sync.

family tree chart

For more tips on formatting your chart, visit this tutorial on the basics of creating a genealogy chart! Still have questions? Email us at and we'd be happy to help!