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The Best Free Family Tree Templates for Microsoft Word and Excel


Researching your family tree can be an interesting project. Start with these family tree templates for Microsoft Word and Excel.

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Most of us are familiar with a couple of generations within our families. But we all know that everyone’s family history goes back much further than that.

There are websites available that can help you research your ancestors. So if you’d like to create your own family tree, with the details you already have, that you can build on with your research, these templates are ideal.

Here are several terrific family tree templates for Microsoft Word and Excel for both adults and kids.

1. Family Tree Templates for Adults

Depending on how many generations you plan or are able to include in your family tree, one of these templates is sure to be a great fit.

Five-Generation Family Tree Chart

Since the templates we’re providing are for Word and Excel, there’s no better place to begin than with one from Microsoft Office.

This five-generation family tree template is available for download or for use in Excel Online. It’s a very basic chart with boxes, lines, and nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.

Start by adding yourself, and then work your way through the generations. There’s plenty of space to include first and last names, titles, birthdates, or years. So you have the flexibility to include only those details you want.

Download: Microsoft Office Online (Free, available as an Excel file)

Three-Generation Family Tree Generator

Another template from Microsoft Office for Excel, this one builds a family tree for you. You’ll begin on the Family Members tab by entering three generations with spouses, parents, and children.

When you finish typing in your details, click the Create Family Tree button. Then hop over to the Family Tree tab to see your creation.

This is a nice Excel spreadsheet template and family tree generator because you can easily change your tree with the click of a button as your family grows.

A family tree is a useful resource for tracing the history of a particular family, and it can also serve as a kind of timeline for aggregating birth/age data about your family members. Here’s how you can calculate the exact age using Excel formulae and other methods.

Download: Microsoft Office Online (Free, available as an Excel file)

Six-Generation Family Tree Template

If you want to go back six generations on your family tree, then check out this template from Vertex42. Similar to the first basic template from Microsoft Office, this one is structured the same way and has room to add names, dates, and more. The Example tab includes a neat sample, and you’ll see that it also includes the states of residence for each person.

As a bonus, you can add a small photo next to each family member. Although the pictures will appear tiny in the Excel sheet, this is a cool option if you plan to print your family tree.

Download: Vertex42 (Free, available as an Excel file)

Four-Generation Family Tree Template

For a neatly structured, landscape view template for Word, this template can accommodate four generations of your family members.

You need to simply write down the names of your family members in the oval-shaped text box. And if you need to add more people, you can use the simple editing features in Word to copy and paste the fields and connecting lines.

Download: Template Archive (Free, available as a Word file)

Four-Generation Family Tree Generator

To take this list of templates for adults up a notch, have a look at this next one from Template Archive as well. The template is free and has tons of extras in addition to the Excel family tree generator.

Go through each of the labeled tabs and enter the names of both your maternal and paternal family members. Those names will automatically populate to create your family tree in the same-named tab.

What makes this family tree template stand out, aside from filling in the names for you, is that each tab contains nicely displayed details. You can add photos, notes, and information about each child.

In addition, you can click the Details buttons on the family tree to head right to that person’s tab. And reversely, you can click the Back to Tree button on a tab to go right back to that person’s spot on the tree.

If you’re interested in an attractive family tree template and generator with bonus features, this is it.

Download: Template Archive (Free, available as an Excel file)

2. Family Tree Templates for Kids

Maybe your child has a school project, or you simply want to do a project together at home. These nifty family tree templates are excellent options for kids. They don’t go back several generations like those for adults, but they offer visually fun ways for your child to view the family tree.

12-Member & 20-Member Family Trees

TemplateLab has an enormous collection of family tree templates for both adults and children. For little kids specifically, these are two really cute choices for Word. The apple design gives you 12 spots for family members. With a neat apple for each person, you can type in everyone’s name or use the spaces for photos instead.

The other tree has spots for 20 family members if your clan is a bit bigger. This family tree template is designed more for written names rather than photos.

Download: Template Lab (Free, available as a Word file)

15-Member Family Tree Template

One more template from Template Archive that’s great for kids is this 15-member family tree for Microsoft Word.

It has a nice, casual but colorful look that an older child might really like. You can easily enter everyone’s name and include extra details like birthdates and locations if you want.

For additional family members, you can add more boxes using Word’s SmartArt Text feature. Just click on the chart and when the window pops open, use the plus sign to add another name box. You can also use the arrows to rearrange the boxes and move family members to the right spots.

Download: Template Archive (Free, available as a Word file)

3. More Templates for Extended Family Trees offers almost 20 family tree templates for kids, including these two fun options for children designed for Word. However, you might need to pay on a one-off or sign up for an annual subscription. Let’s take a look at some of them below:

13-Member Family Tree Template

One template has hand-drawn, cartoon-style images of all family members, from grandparents to children. You can simply swap out the names for those of your own family.

The other template is ideal for photos. Pop in a picture for each person from your computer or print it out first and then glue them on. You can type or write each family member’s name right beneath their photograph.

If you enjoy finding out about your family tree, then researching your origins online is a good way to get started. Take a look at some of these free genealogy websites, which offer quick and easy ways to begin uncovering your ancestry.

Blended Family Tree Template

Blended families are families that include children from other relationships, and this template is for those who have created new families with people who may have children from previous marriages. It’s designed to show you how to combine the two families into one tree.

However, blended family trees can also be used for adoption situations.

Plant Your Family Tree With a Template

From small families to large ones, there’s a family tree template on this list that should be exactly what you need. And since learning more about your heritage can be informative and fun at the same time, this type of project is relaxing for you and your child to do together.

We’re sure that the templates on this list will help you create a wonderful keepsake that you can use now or pass down for generations to come.

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