Descendant Charts

Reviewing a descendant chart for a family reunionDescendant charts are usually formatted and displayed from the top down in a landscape layout and are usually very wide.  A descendant chart is normally the type of chart which is displayed at a family reunion.  The starting person who is usually a great-great-grandparent is located at the top center of the chart, and then each successive generation and whom they married is shown one line below.  A typical descendant chart for a family reunion is about 20-50 feet wide, although we also routinely print charts that are 100, and even 250 feet wide for larger families.  By the same token, some descendant charts are only 10-15 feet wide.  Photos of each individual, when available, are a popular item to include in a descendant chart. 

The photo which you see to the right and which appears in our video and on our home page is of a descendant chart.

If you're designing your own descendant chart, your genealogy software program may lay out your information differently than the examples shown below; however, since we can print from most any genealogy software program, the actual design is not an issue for us.  To view other examples of family tree charts, return to our examples page.

The example below is of a 4-generation descendant chart which begins at the top center and then branches down to show each generation of descendants and who they married. Using 12 point bold for the names and 10 point regular for the birth, marriage, and death facts, this descendant chart which includes 4 generations would measure about 12 feet wide.

descendant chart

Here is a blow-up of a small part of the descendant chart showing the popular option of outlining males in the traditional color blue and females in pink.

Descendant chart at a family reunion
Displaying a long descendant chart at a family reunion is easy to do indoors or outside.
See our reunion tips for more ideas on displaying your chart.


In addition to the other types of family tree charts shown on our examples page which you just came from, there are also many other examples of printed family tree charts on almost every page on our site, so please take the time to browse around for awhile. There are even a few examples of charts with a photographic background on our page about enhancing your chart. We've also included several tips to keep in mind on our page titled submitting your order that you might find helpful as you go about designing your chart.

We're so sure you'll love our genealogy printing services that we confidently provide a complete money back guarantee on all orders. We look forward to being able to work with you and your family. Please call us at 630-653-8400 or e-mail us at sales@ancestryprinting.com if you have any questions about our family tree chart printing services. International callers can also Skype us if preferred; however, we ask that you email us to set up a convenient time for a Skype to Skype call.  We are located in the central time zone of the U.S. (GMT/UTC-6 and -5 in the summer), and can make arrangements for incoming Skype to Skype calls up to around 10:00 PM local time on most nights. We only accept Skype to Skype calls that have been pre-arranged by email.

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