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printing out your family tree

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Dorothy Report 21 Jul 2010 10:07

Could anyone tell me please how to print out the information I have accumulated on my family tree on genesreunited.
I want to send copies to my family who do not have computers.
Thank you. x


Eddieisagrandad Report 21 Jul 2010 10:39

If you open your tree there is a print option on the right hand side. You have to have your tree on "Full tree" though, not immediate family.
I think the GR tree is a bit too crude and basic to allow you to print only small "family" sections of your tree so you will need to print out the whole thing. This could be dozens and dozens of A4 sheets.


Dorothy Report 21 Jul 2010 12:00

Thank you Eddie, I did hope that there would be a programme or something that I could use to get the tree off in a more favourable format. I have going on 1000 names so it will take a lot of A4 sheets.
Thank you anyway for this information.
Regards Dorothy


Renes Report 21 Jul 2010 15:44


I understand that you can download a Getcom file and email it off to printers who will print it on rolls of paper - of all different qualityies and colours

Have a look on the Internet for family tree printers



Madmeg Report 21 Jul 2010 17:52

I've just had a play around with some trees on here, and if the tree is up to about 500 people you can "preview" it, and one I've just previewed (496) would take 78 pages to print in a readable font - though the number of pages depends on how many generations you've got, numbers of siblings etc.

By the time you've stuck them together you've got a tree that you could just about carpet the living room floor with.

I might be wrong but there doesn't seem to be an option to print just the main line (without the siblings), which would take up a lot less space.

Even the free tree from familysearch will let you do that, which you could back up with a report on each generation, giving siblings and other information. It would still make a sizeable package though, but would be more manageable.

You can also buy various charts from Family History suppliers which you can either write on or print off labels and stick them on, but again they would only hold the main line, and only a few generations.


Dorothy Report 21 Jul 2010 20:19

Thank you to all of you who have replied to help me with this problem. I am going to try IreneinSpain suggestion and see if I can do it as a Gedcom with someone to print it. It may be expensive but I will only need to do it once.
Again thanks to all you wonderful people who are so generous with your time.
Regards Dorothy

Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 21 Jul 2010 20:31


The only printers I would ever use to print a tree is...

Ron is a member on here and an absolute star when it comes to personal service :-)

Chris<<< A very satisfied customer


Neil Report 21 Jul 2010 21:38

Another option which I have not seen mentioned recently for printing parts of a GR tree, is to highlight an individual on the full tree, then click on 'Ancestors' or 'Descendants'. Either of these will show the direct line leading to or from the selected individual, but will not include siblings or children . You can then print off a copy of this shortened tree by the same method you would use for a full tree.
This often gives enough information for others who are not really interested in genealogy, but curious about immediate family. This will also not cost you any more than you are already paying for GR (if anything)


Elizabeth2469049 Report 22 Jul 2010 16:00

Neil - thank you for pointing out the facility for Ancestors and Descendants of which I was not aware. I've used this facililty in my PAF tree (where I can in fact print it out rather more compactly) but this is worth knowing - did a trial run for one corner of descendants!


Dorothy Report 25 Jul 2010 09:29

Again, Thank you to every one who have given me great ideas to try.
Once I have sorted my tree out I will get down to printing the bit the family want. I have just found a mistake so am having to back track, again with help from the great community of GR.
Regards Dorothy