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Free family tree templates

Family tree charts – just waiting for you to fill in your ancestors' names
Choose your preferred style of family tree template and get printing!

Family tree templates

My family tree templates feature a tree (see below left) that I spotted just off the N71 between Clonakilty and Rosscarbery in County Cork. It's very close to where my paternal great grandparents raised their family. In the full-leaf of early summer, it was giving shade to some ewes and young lambs, and I like to think my own Irish ancestors might have witnessed identical scenes as they walked this road to and from market.

Tree with lambs, centrepiece of templates, copyright IGT.

Perhaps they had themselves taken refuge under that canopy once or twice, either to escape the blazing Cork sun or, more likely, to evade a drenching shower. (Okay, I'm straying into the whimsical. I don't think the tree is that old, anyway).

Either way, I decided this beautifully shaped tree deserved a place in my genealogy research, so it now stars as the centrepiece for my selection of templates, which you can see below. I hope you like the results.

Choose your preferred format

Nearly all these templates are available in two formats. You can either 1) download and print a chart, ready for completion by hand, or 2) you can download it to your computer and fill in the blanks on-screen before printing it. With the latter format, you can save your work at any time, and print it when you're ready; these family tree templates are coded with a rather graceful font so they look very smart when printed.

Printing tip: You may find you need to adjust your printer's margins' settings to capture the entire family tree template.


Family tree template for three generations.

These free family tree templates cover three generations of direct ancestors.

Title: My family tree.
Orientation: Landscape.


Free family tree template for four generations of direct ancestors.

This free printable family tree chart is for four generations of direct ancestors.

It's intended for those of Irish descent (it features shamrocks).

Title: My family tree.
Orientation: Landscape.


Sepia family tree template.

This free printable blank family tree shows three generations of genealogy details.

It's very unusual, and it's available in a choice of :

– Sepia, as shown left, or
– In the photo's original summer colours.

Title: My family tree.
Orientation: Portrait.


Family tree template for 'Our' family.

These free family trees record three generations of 'Our' family ie two families, rather than 'My' family.
Three versions are available, each with the centrepiece tree appearing slightly differently:

  • – In original summer colours
  • – A hint of Emerald Isle (as shown left)
  • – Sepia.

Title: Our family tree.
Orientation: Landscape.


Our Family, blank family tree template.

This style of family tree template charts four generations of 'Our' family, rather than 'My' family.
Three versions are available, each with the oak tree in the centre. Choose from:

  • – In original summer colours
  • – A hint of Emerald Isle (as shown left)
  • – Sepia.

Title: Our family tree.
Orientation: Landscape.


Need any genealogy forms?

  • If you're researching your family history you'll need some genealogy forms to keep your discoveries organised? Take a look at this selection of free family history forms for recording your genealogical data. It includes everything you need to record all the wonderful details you uncover.


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Accuracy v Assumption

There isn't much point in framing and displaying a neatly completed family tree template if half of the information in it is incorrect!

Here are six quick tips to getting your genealogy research right:

Assume nothing! Just because a woman is a man's wife doesn't mean she is his children's mother; check their birth records. Just because you've only known your surname spelled one way doesn't mean people with variant spellings are not related to you; surname spellings have become consistent only in the last 100 years. Just because a gravestone say Great Grandma Hannah died in 1898 aged 68 doesn't mean she was born in 1830; check the records for up to 10 years before that date.

Do your own research. The Internet is heavily populated with family trees that have been copied, often many times, from sloppily researched or even deliberately misleading originals. It's tempting to grab a 'ready made' tree or branch of a tree and attach it to a seemingly matching piece of your own ancestral heritage, but if you don't double-check every bit of the research, you could end up taking your own genealogy research in the wrong direction. What's the point of that?

Be cautious with naming patterns; don't follow them religiously. While they existed in Ireland and many other societies, few families always, always followed them. They can be a clue worth following up, but make sure you find the evidence before recording it as certain.

Check your maths before you start filling in dates on your family tree templates. A woman who married your 3 x great-grandfather in 1812 should not be recorded with an estimated date of birth in 1805 just because her 1841 census says she was 36.

Understand the lies and errors. Ditch the notion that all your ancestors were saintly and never told a lie. Vanity is not a modern phenomenon. Neither is the pleasure of 'getting one over on the authorities'. Not everything noted in an official document will necessarily have been honestly recorded. There is also the possibility that there was some other influence at play when someone told an untruth. In many cases, they won't even have been providing misleading information intentionally. Age was less of an issue than it is now and many people didn't know exactly when they were born so they simply estimated. Bear in mind also that freedom of speech and religious practice are relatively modern notions. Your ancestors may well have lied about their true religious persuasion to avoid arrest, eviction or social exclusion.

Don't test your memory. Remember, while you still can, that your memory is fallible. Expect to forget who gave you that nugget of information about Great Aunt Nellie becoming a nurse overseas. There will come a day when you want to start tracing her life but don't know where to start or the name of your original source. Note everything. Get accustomed to taking a photocopy or transcribing the title page of every book or document that yields ancestral information. If you train yourself to carefully record all your sources, you will avoid having to duplicate your own efforts and will also allow others to evaluate the trustworthiness of your genealogy research.

By following these guidelines you'll be able to proudly present your genealogy research in these family tree templates and be confident that others can rely on it, too, including your own descendants.

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To do just that, you'll be needing my blog, Irish Genealogy News. As its name promises, it's dedicated to Irish genealogy and only Irish genealogy, and it's recognised as THE place for both professionals and amateurs to keep abreast of all developments, events, new resources etc.

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