Monday, October 22, 2012

Genealogy Fan Chart

Have you ever seen this?

This is a Genealogy Fan Chart, that YOU can create for yourself with virtually the press of a button. You will be able to see all of your ancestors for 9 generations. It is fascinating and the information is already all there for you!  When we printed ours out, it was interesting to see how far back so much of the work has been done, and also to see where there is still work to do! Fun for the kids, too, to see all of those generations fanned out. Love it!

Follow these simple instructions:

1. Go to

2. Click on "Login", which will take you to the process of logging in to If you haven't registered in FamilySearch before, click on the "Register" or "Create A New Account" link. Registering is easy! If you are a member of the church, you will need your confirmation date and your membership number (easily accessible through your ward clerk); and, if you are not a member of the church, you can register to be given access to the FamilySearch program. (Note: if you already have an LDS Account, you will use the same login and password on FamilySearch)

3. Once you have signed in, or created your new account, it will take you back to Click on "Create", and Voila!... It will create a fan with your name in the First Generation Circle, and will show all the 9 generations fanning out from you! Pretty amazing, eh?

4. You can print this yourself on an 8-1/2 X 11 sheet of cardstock or regular paper, or for a larger printed copy, you can email or take a zip drive to Staples, or Kinkos, or any other place that prints larger documents. Call your local office products store for more details.

This is such a fun way to get children and youth (and adults!) excited and interested about their ancestors and genealogy work!

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