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What Is the Purpose of a Family Tree?

A family tree is what shows one's family history in detail. Take note that this is not limited to just humans, it can also be used to display the lineage of a particular species. Good examples would be those that span all the way to the age of the dinosaurs. The tree can also be a very helpful tool for proving one's lineage during situations where it needs to be done.

How to Make a Family Tree in PDF

1. Make Use of a PDF Editor

Creating a family tree in the PDF format using a template, then you'll definitely need a software that's capable of editing PDF content. There are so many that you can choose from that deciding on which one to use is a matter of personal preference. You have options such as Adobe Acrobat Pro or Able2Extract Professional that should cover all of your needs. There are many free alternatives as well, but these have very limited editing features than paid ones.

2. Determine How Much You Need It to Cover

You'll only be able to fill up a blank chart of your family tree if you already know how much of your history you need to cover. Are you only going to focus on your direct family? Will it cover the kids? Just how far into your family background you are going to dive into? Be sure to figure this out.

3. Come Up With a Diagram

You'll notice that the majority of family tree chart templates usually consists of diagrams. These act as a visual representation of one's history. When using shapes to represent each family member, you can choose whatever you want to use. Just be sure that the shape you've chosen is the one you're going to use all throughout. How you'll go about in the arrangement is entirely up to you as well.

4. Include Pictures if Necessary

If you wish to use pictures to represent each family member instead of shapes, then you'll need to find ones that are of high quality. You don't want to use blurry images as you want viewers to know exactly who they are looking at. For family members within your generation, you'll want to make use of their most recent pictures which you can find in their social media account. For those of the previous generations, grab the ones that you can get and choose which ones look appropriate for the tree.

5. Put in All the Information That You Want to Share

Aside from putting in the names of the people that are going to be included in your family tree, you may want to include additional information. It is possible that you may also want to show off any of their notable achievements, you may even want to show the date of birth and death and the areas they were situated in. If you need help with this, you can always refer to the internet for tips for finding information for your family tree.

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