Setting Up A Family Tree Maker Tree

  1. Go to the individual that you would like to be the focus of your chart (make sure your cursor is on that person and not on another person on the same page).
  2. Select the tree chart you would like to print (from the View Tab select Tree Charts).
  3. Go to the File Tab and select Preferences:
    1. Dates Tab – select how you would like dates to appear in your family tree.
    2. Images Tab – select how compressed you would like images to be (the less compressed, the larger your file size).  Click OK to exit.
  4. Format Tab – look at Family Tree Templates to view preset styles.  Check these options out before you change settings below so that you don’t lose your selections.
  5. Contents Tab:
    1. Items to Include – Use the arrow keys between the columns to move items you want that appear in the left column to the right column or to remove items that you don’t want from the right column.
    2. Use the Move Up and Move Down buttons to change the order of the items.
    3. Click on each item in the right hand column and click the Option button to modify how it will look in your tree (e.g. Last name all caps, use aka if available)
      1. Check or uncheck boxes for the look you want.  Decide whether you want long lines of text to wrap to the next line (Word wrap) or not.
      2. Consider using short forms for provinces, states and countries.
      3. Abbreviated field labels and excluding the “in” between dates and locations help reduce line length.
    4. Click the Font button to edit how the text will appear (size, style, colour).
      1. It is best to select plain, easy to read fonts for the names and details to appear within the boxes. Males, females and unknowns can be different.
      2. Selecting a script title font dresses up your tree.
    5. Select Title and Footnote to select and format a custom title and footnote
      (e.g. add your name as the creator of the tree).
    6. Select # of Generations to Show (be sure to include the focal person as one generation for both ancestors and descendants).
    7. Options –  decide how to deal with duplicate individuals.
  6. Format Tab, Tree Format selection:
    1.    i.      Set how compressed or spread out your tree will be                                     ii.      Decide if you want to Flip text, so that names appear right side up (important in fan trees)
      iii.      Check Boxes overlap page breaks to ensure no breaks in printing.
    2. Select Maximum Box Width to set a maximum width for boxes and photos.
    3. Box, Line & Border Styles and Text Font, Style & Size can be set from here. Males, females and unknowns can be formatted the same or different.
  7. Picture/Object Tab, Tree Background Picture – select, position and fade a background image (optional).  If you would like to use your own photo, search your directories for one of the file names already present and place your file in the same directory.
  8. File Tab, Print Setup – select the top, bottom, left and right margins for your chart and check Print Continuous Forms.
  9. File Tab, Save (Tree Type) Tree – save your tree layout for professional printing.