How to make a family tree on facebook
Using Facebook for Genealogy - Family Tree Resources
Virtually everyone, whether or not they have an account, has heard of Facebook. What may not be so commonly known is that you can use Facebook for genealogy purposes.
One of the best ways of using Facebook for genealogy is to join a group where you can interact with other group members, sharing tips and tricks and obtaining help with your genealogy research when needed.
Many Facebook groups exist, either based around a broad topic or based around a specific area or topic within family history.
Creating a Facebook Account
To use Facebook for genealogy, you must first register with Facebook if you have not already done so. You are required to input your first and last name, mobile number and/or email address, and to choose a password.
You must also enter your date of birth and state your gender. You also have to agree to Facebook’s terms and conditions.
Once you have created a Facebook account you can then decide your privacy settings. I have set mine to friends, rather than friends of friends or everyone.
You are not required to become friends with people you may interact with in a group. It is prudent not to post contact information or personal details in your Facebook profile. If you do not want others to know certain private details, you should not place it in your profile or in any group you join.
Facebook Search Function
The first item you will probably use is the Facebook search function. Here you can search for any surnames you may have discovered during the course of your family history research.
Please be aware, however, when you utilise this method because you may find there are so many results you feel overwhelmed. It is better to use this method if your relative has a relatively uncommon surname. It may be possible to connect with long lost relatives.
It is always possible that a Facebook group or page exists for a place or topic you are interested in. I am a member of the Nether Heyford Past: Thanks for the Memories Facebook Group, which is dedicated to the history of Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.
If you search for genealogy or family history, you will find pages, communities, groups and businesses.
If you like a Facebook page such as the Ancestry Facebook page, you will find that Ancestry posts several times a week, providing links to articles you may find of interest, along with posts regarding news and special offers.
Looking through the posts made to the page by other people may also give you ideas for your own family history research.
It is also possible to find pages for Archives and Libraries, not just in England and Wales, but also in Scotland and further afield, such as the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Once you have liked a Facebook page, their posts are more likely to appear in your Facebook newsfeed.
Facebook pages are mainly created by official representatives of the organisation, but there is not as much interaction as there is in a group.
Facebook Community Pages
If you find a community page about an organisation, please be aware that these pages are not official pages for the organisation.
Many Facebook groups exist that have been set up so that people with a common interest can exchange ideas and ask for help. Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) is one such group where people can ask for help from other members and can exchange ideas.
Many such groups exist, some for people with a broad interest such as family history, and some much smaller groups that concentrate on a specific area or topic with family history. Some societies post about events in the local area.
Some groups, such as RAOGK, are private groups, which means that only members can see what has been posted to the group and view the members list.
Some other groups you may find of interest are The Organised Genealogist, where people are able to share tips and tricks to help people wishing to organise their genealogy research.
Another group is Genealogy Chit-Chat, where members are free to discuss any topic related to genealogy, such as your defeats, victories. You can also vent if you wish.
Facebook Photo Restoration Groups
Many photo restoration groups exist on Facebook, so if you have a family photograph that has become damaged over the years, members of this type of group are willing to help people restore these photographs. They may also be able to sharpen the photograph so that you can see more details.
It must be borne in mind that the people in the group are mainly volunteers so it would be best not to send several photographs, instead choosing one that has special meaning or significance to you.
Starting a Facebook Group
If you would like to, you can always to start a Facebook group regarding a topic you are passionate about.
Facebook Groups Etiquette
Some groups ask you to answer some questions before they allow you to join the group. These questions are set to ensure that you have a genuine interest in the topic, and are not going to spam the group.
Groups also have many rules that you must always abide by.
If you become a member of a Facebook group, it is best not just to post your own questions, but also to answer other people’s questions where you can. It is also prudent to participate in the group as much as possible.
People will probably be more likely to want to help you if you have shown you are willing to help them and other people.
Obtaining Help From Facebook Group Members
If you wish to obtain help from other members of the group, it is prudent to provide as may details as possible.
If you wish to discover more about a certain ancestor, you should include details that you have already uncovered, such as any dates you may know, names and family relationships. It is also best to state what resources and records you have already utilised and to be precise with your research question.
Connecting with Known Family Members on Facebook
You can also use Facebook to connect with known family members. I recently made contact with a relative from my father’s side of the family, and we hope to meet one day to share family photographs and stories.
Saving Facebook Posts
Facebook also offers a facility whereby you can save posts you wish to return to later. If you click the three dot button at the top-right corner of a post, an option will appear to save the post.
You can then view your saved posts by going to the left-hand column under your name and scrolling down to saved. This will take you to your saved posts.
You can also assign a category to the saved post so that you can find it more easily.
Making a Descendants Facebook Group
Depending on how immersed you are in family history research, a descendants group on Facebook might be something you could create if you yourself have already researched the family in depth or, if a group already exists, something that could help you immensely if you’re just starting out in your genealogy journey.
Usually, the main point of creating one is to gather all your family contacts in the one place to easily share research and photos, discover new contacts and uncover previously unknown information about the family.
Facebook is also a great tool for tracking down distant family members who may have previously unknown info or photos and having a group makes it easier for that new family member to quickly legitimise your request and hopefully create enough intrigue for them to go research and unearth their own info on their family line.
Here are a few tips on how to start and run one.
- Decide which ancestor you want to focus on. As we’re usually dealing more with ancestral research you probably want to choose someone who is a few generations ago. A person who is considered the main progenitor or patriarch/matriarch of a large family is ideal. Plus an ancestor further back covers more descendants to share info with. I made one for my 3x great-grandfather, John Foss Tonkin, as he was the first of the family branch to immigrate to Western Australia back in 1830. But we do invite others who are related further back or from connected branches of the family.
If you have a famous person in your tree you may also like to use them as the focal person, especially as it might be someone that people are likely to Google online.
- Make sure you create a group and not a page. A group on Facebook lets you have a lot more interaction and allows others to post in the group, whereas a page separates the page’s posts and any posts by others to the page.
On your Facebook home page, you’ll find a Create button in the menu bar up the top, click on that and then Group.
When choosing the group name, try to keep it simple and include the whole of the ancestor’s name. If the name is common you might like to add a location. So if you’re stuck with a John Smith, you might like to make the name something like ‘Descendants of John Charles Smith – Fitzroy, Victoria‘, instead of just ‘Descendants of John Smith‘ which of course would cover a LOT of researcher’s ancestors. Don’t try and use any flowery words like ‘Our wonderful, convict ancestor and the first of our family in Victoria, John Charles Smith 1811-1893‘. It’s too long, just keep it simple!
You can change the name later on, it will just send out a notification to each member to let them know.
- Decide how private you’d like to make the group. ‘Secret group’ isn’t advisable as you want potential cousins to find your group either by a Facebook or Google search. A ‘Closed group’ allows people to find the group and see who is in it, but aren’t able to see any posts. A ‘Public group’ allows anyone to find the group and see who or what is in it. Whichever setting you decide on, make sure you choose the option for administrators to confirm each joining member request (see no.10).
You’ll eventually be able to enter a description and choose some tags to describe your group. Try and include information to distinguish the ancestor from others with the same or similar name. Definitely include the places this ancestor lived, who they married and also the surnames of any families they are connected with.
- You can also have a nice cover page photo. If you’re not handy with photo editing programs, choose a long banner sized or panoramic photo to use. Google ‘family tree banner’ for ideas and options. Maybe use an old map or photo of an area your ancestor is connected to.
- Invite all your family members to join once the group is created and ask them to share and invite their own family that are also connected to the ancestor. If you have any family trees online, like on Ancestry.com, add the FB group’s URL to ancestor photo descriptions so that others can find it, or send the link to distant cousins you’ve previously messaged on those sites.
When the group has been running for a bit and has some content, track down other cousins to invite. You could message people on family tree websites that you can see are a descendant or if you have an uncommon name, use Facebook to search for and send an invite to those with that surname that live in the same state or country.
Don’t forget to share with any Genealogy groups you may be a member of.
- Create a poll asking members which child of the ancestor they are descended from. This is a great way to track which lines are represented and what information the members will be interested in. It also helps when you just can’t remember which line someone is descended from!
Once the poll is created, pin it to the top so it’s the first thing members will see.
You can create a poll in the post box up the top of the page and you can pin it by clicking on the light grey dots ‘…‘ that will appear in the top, right-hand corner of the poll post and select, ‘Pin Post’.
- Share photos, info, short stories, family trees, anything really. But try to keep it short. You don’t want to write the family’s entire story in one post. I’ve just started an online family history writing course, where you write a lot of short stories. I’ve posted some of the stories related to the Tonkin family for something different, but they also give a different dimension to the family characters.
Try to post frequently, not every day but once a week or fortnight is good.
- Use the group to post unidentified photos. Members might have a copy of it or at least recognise who is in the photo.
- Remind people when Christmas or Mothers/Fathers Day is coming up, to ask about family stories or photo albums when they go to family gatherings and to share them with the group. If you do DNA genealogy, put up a post when kits go on sale.
- Regularly ask people to contribute to the page. You really want interaction and for others to go through and share their own collections and stories.
- ALWAYS vet joining requests. You will occasionally get spammers trying to join your group where at best they’ll just post some advertising, at worst, unsavoury graphic images. Always vet. If they already have a friend in the group, which the request will mention, then they’re probably fine. If they only just created their Facebook account a few weeks ago and are already a member of 100+ groups then block them, they’re spammers.
Click on the person’s profile and have a look at where they live, what groups they’re already in and just the general feel. If you’re still not sure, just send them a message asking how they’re related to your ancestor. This is why it’s good to make sure that all member requests need to be approved by an admin. Consider having a second admin person if you don’t spend a lot of time online.
Edit: Facebook has now added an option to ask up to 3 questions when a new member tries to join, this is a great idea and a question like “How are you related to ‘John Smith’?” would be a good idea.
- Create photo albums for each branch and add photos from that line in it, so when new members join they can go check the albums for their line and see what photos you have.
- Consider watermarking any photos you upload and put a disclaimer in your description that if people use the photos elsewhere, to credit the source. Also if others upload their own photos that unless they put their own disclaimer in the photo post that it may be used publicly.
A Facebook descendants group is a great way to find new information about your family and is also easily accessible for posterity. Give it a go!
How to make a family tree simple and fast? ▷ ➡️ Creative Stop ▷ ➡️
How to quickly and easily make a family tree ? The first thing you should do is research and collect all the information you need with your family members, in terms of names, relationship, also if you want to be more precise, enter dates of birth. Having received this information, proceed to digitize it, it can be in Word or you can write it by hand by simply installing it on a template.
Then choose a template in Canva , this platform offers you many beautiful and easily editable templates so you can quickly create your unique and beautiful family tree.
Posteriormente, give it a distinguished name if you like, or just call it about a family or a title which, however simple, highlights the singular, such as family.
Then go to sort all the information and translate it straight into Canva or insert from Word.
It is not necessary to upload photos of your relatives However, if you wish, you can do this by simply attaching images in Canva templates.
Now your unique and inimitable family tree is ready, download and/or publish your family tree. And it's done!
- 1 Why create a family tree in Canva?
- 2 What are the benefits of creating a family tree with Canva?
Why create a family tree in Canva?
Working on a family tree would be a little cumbersome without using Canva, Canva offers special tables for family trees. , since its construction requires advance planning regarding names and family ties, and these consultations tend to be a little burdensome, because they usually have to be asked from the elderly in families, and this is somewhat difficult due to their poor memory.
If you are wondering why a family tree is created, we inform you that it is more common than it seems, with its help you will find answers to many questions about yourself, that is, answers based on antecedents, anecdotes, achievements, customs, traditions which makes the emotional attachment deepen and makes us feel loved and identified.
What are the benefits of creating a family tree with Canva?
Many professional design users, students, teachers, advertisers and ordinary people who have had experience with this wonderful tool strongly recommend it as:
- You can use their beautiful templates to create pedigrees. The templates are very easy to use, just in their text fields you have to copy your information and attach your preferred images.
- It offers countless simple, direct and practical options for creating your designs.
- Elaborate design can be for your company, activities, marketing, social cards, presentations.
- You can design or create your own content either individually or as a group by selecting the "create a team" option.
- This tool gives you an agenda called "content planner".
- Also, if you want to create a video of those unforgettable moments with this tool, you can do it.
- In the case of promotional tools, you can even create infographics with a unique design filled with style.
- You can download images from the Internet for free or for a fee.
- You can also upload your photos or personal images from your computer.
- Another advantage is that from any device you can design, organize, organize and share the work you do on this site.
How to make a genealogical tree of family and clan
How to keep the memory of the past of your family? Collecting old photographs and yellowed letters in boxes on the mezzanine is not the best option: in a couple of generations, your descendants will hardly guess who these smiling people from black and white cards are. How about translating that memory into something meaningful, like a real family tree? Its creation will be an exciting quest for the whole family, and in the process of immersing yourself in your own story, incredible discoveries can await you all.
Building a family tree is not easy, but interesting. To do this, you will have to conduct a comprehensive study, collect all the data and photographs, and then try to create a family tree with your own hands from all this.
In our article you will find not only tips for finding information about ancestors, but also various tree design options. We have also prepared for you two templates for filling in the family tree - for children and for adults.
How to make a family tree with your own hands
Where to start
Before you begin, you must determine for yourself why all this is needed. Are you in the mood for deep exploration, or is your goal just to share stories about your parents and grandparents with your children?
A well-defined goal will help you achieve the final result faster.
Think of a plan, break it down into small steps so you can easily track progress. And this will add to your motivation not to give up halfway through - believe me, you will need it.
Finding information about relatives
Once you have decided how far you want to go, the most interesting step is collecting information about relatives and distant ancestors. You will surely learn many funny and touching stories and find some distant relatives living on the other side of the world. Or maybe even reveal a family secret - who knows? To find as much information as possible and understand how to make a family tree of a family, use the following methods:
- Questioning relatives
Start your search by interviewing your next of kin. Organize family tea gatherings with grandparents - they will be happy to share valuable memories. Arrange a video conference with those who live in other cities and countries, or just write to them on social networks.
- Family archive analysis
Carefully study all documents, letters and diaries that have been preserved in your family. In birth, marriage and death certificates, passports, employment records and diplomas, you will find answers to key questions that are important for the pedigree. These records will help restore information that loved ones could not remember. Look through old photographs: perhaps the grandmother forgot to tell about her second cousin. Already at this stage, you can choose photo cards for your family tree.
- Internet searches
Check out various genealogy websites and related resources for historical information. For example, the website "Feat of the People" provides open access to archival documents about the exploits and awards of all soldiers of the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945.
Register on several thematic forums. For example, on the All-Russian Genealogical Tree forum, it is possible to search for a specific person by last name, regions and countries.
Try to find distant relatives of your generation on Odnoklassniki or VKontakte. But do not forget that in a correct genealogical research, any information must be confirmed by archival certificates.
- Collection of information in registry offices and archives
If you are looking for information about marriage, dates of birth or death, please contact the registry office. If a relative has something to do with the army - for example, is a veteran of the Second World War - make a request to the military registration and enlistment office at the place of residence, service or conscription. But keep in mind: in order to obtain documents of deceased relatives, you must prove your relationship with them, providing, among other things, your birth certificate.
Genealogical searches in archives should not be expected to yield quick results. The process can take months or even years. But the information you find can greatly advance your research.
- Contact the experts
If you do not want to spend time building a family tree, contact the professionals. Archives staff, designers, and specialty companies will help you find the information you need and create a family tree. In addition, with their help you can create a family tree book, a film presentation and even a family coat of arms.
What are the types of a family tree
There are several methods for compiling a tree.
- Descending tree
The family scheme is formed from an ancestor to descendants. This design method allows you to visually trace the history of the family from distant times to the present day.
Compiled from a person to his ancestors. Such a structure will be especially convenient for those who have not yet completed the search for information and are consistently moving from the known to the unknown.
- Round table
It is built in a circle, in the center of which one of the children is placed. The second, outer, circle is divided in half and the data of the mother and father are recorded in it. In the third circle, cut into four parts, grandparents are indicated. Then a fourth circle is added, which is divided into eight parts, and so on. This type of tree is quite rare. But this scheme is the most compact.
How to arrange a family tree
- Family tree on computer
Programs for creating a family tree will help you save time and get a guaranteed result. Use the MyHeritage online service or GenoPro, Family Tree Builder or Tree of Life software. Choose a template, enter your pedigree data and enjoy the result.
You can also find or draw an empty tree yourself in a graphics editor.
- DIY family tree
Get creative with your family tree results. We have selected a few examples for you to inspire.
For each ancestor, a casket is wound up or one cell is allocated in which documents, photos, objects are placed. By opening such a box, you can touch the past and find out what kind of person your ancestor was.
Generic tree from local materials
This design option is perfect for a kindergarten or school project.
Family tree in album
Decorative stand with photo frames
How to work with the family tree template
We have prepared two templates that both children and adults will love.
Open Tree Template for Adults
Open Tree Template for Children
Templates can be used both electronically and in print.
- Print out a blank template and include drawings or photographs of yourself and your ancestors.
- Use a photo editor and paste the scanned images into a template. Print the result.
Filling out a template in Picverse Photo Editor
In Picverse Photo Editor you can not only edit pictures and insert them into a template, but also restore old photos.
Check out our sample of filling out the template - it will be easier for you to figure out how to draw up a family tree correctly.
1) Launch Picverse Photo Editor.
2) If you want to restore photo that has lost its appearance due to old age, open the image in the program. In the tab Correction on the panel on the right, select the option Manual . Open block Smart Restoration . If you want to convert black and white photos to color, activate the switch Make color .