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A free printable blank family tree

This free printable blank family tree template is unusual in being portrait-shaped. While landscape-shaped trees are more common and can easily hold more information, this shape is particularly well suited to framing.

To download and open this family tree template in either of the versions shown on this page, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.

The template can be filled with the names of three generations of your direct ancestors, from your parents to great grandparents.

It comes in two versions. Both are set against a backdrop of a tree in full bloom. I photographed the tree just outside Clonakilty in Ireland's County Cork, but it doesn't matter if you don't have any ancestral connections to Ireland!

Of the two versions of the template, one is set in the photo's original colours, while the other is in sepia, to lend an antiqued feel.

Original colours

As illustrated right.

Option 1: Print off and fill in by hand. Download this free printable blank family tree to your computer, print it and fill in the spaces by hand.

Option 2: Fill in, on screen, and print. Save the tree to your computer and start typing the names of your ancestors into the boxes. You do not have to fill in all the names at one sitting. You can save your work and return to the tree whenever you discover more names. When it's completed, simply print and frame. Neat!


As illustrated right.

Option 1: Print off and fill in by hand. Simply download the file to your computer, print it and fill in the spaces by hand.

Option 2: Fill in your genealogy details on-screen. Having downloaded the blank tree to your computer,  fill in the spaces on your computer screen. You can save the file at any time, and return to it to add more names whenever you like. When you're ready, just print and frame.

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How to protect photographs

We tend to take photographs for granted, these days. But we really shouldn't. Just imagine how you'd feel if you lost that old blurry black and white of your great grandmother, or the snapshot of auntie Nellie laughing as she poured tea in your garden just weeks before she passed away.

These images are precious and they need to be cared for properly, so follow these 'Things to Do' guidelines to keep them in good condition:

~ Store all photographs, whether on paper or cd/dvd or memory stick in dark, dry conditions, away from heat, steam and condensation.

~ If possible, use archival quality, acid-free packaging or boxes for printed photographs, especially originals.

~ Don't put originals on display. Show off good copies, but keep the originals safely away from light and handling.

~ Bear in mind that digital photographs will last only as long as the equipment on which they are stored. Always back up your photo files or make two copies to memory stick, just in case one bit of kit becomes damaged.

~ Always make copies of your photo files in the most up to date technology you have available.


The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide

Written by the creator of Irish Genealogy Toolkit and Irish Genealogy News, 'The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide' is full of advice, tips and strategies to ease what can be a challenging journey.

Its guidance will be useful to any researcher of Irish heritage, but especially for the target Irish-American researcher who's struggling to work back to Ireland from their immigrant ancestor.

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440348808 / 240 pages.