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Some time ago, you decided that you wanted to know more about yourself and your family history beyond what the paper trail revealed, so you purchased a DNA kit. Like me, you likely had a number of questions answered and were faced with a surprise or two. If you're the curious type (and you probably are because you're reading this article!), you now have even more questions about your DNA results and genetic genealogy in general. Perhaps you're ready to take yet another step and have even more questions answered. And that's where GEDmatch comes in. Read on to find out how to use your raw DNA data to discover more about your genetic past through this free resource.
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If you've been hoping to gather your family (or distant genetic cousins) together for a reunion, now's the time. The majority of family reunions, 65.8% in fact, are held in the summer when vacation time, outdoor venues and easier travel  make the process simpler for everyone. But planning a family reunion can seem like a truly monumental task. This simple guide will help you break down the steps and arrange your get together in just one week. Get ready for an adventure!
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Have you taken the time to find the gravesite of each of your ancestors? If you haven't, you could could be missing a key part of your genealogy puzzle. Although we may spend years trying to find records that were created throughout our ancestors' lives, it is sometimes the information about their deaths that can be the most revealing.
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Are you looking for a beautiful family tree template for a craft or school project, to display in your home or share with family? A blank, printable family tree can be used for all of these purposes and more. The trick is finding one that’s styled just right for your needs – which is why we have created four unique (and free) family tree options that you can easily print out.

You’ll find images of all of the tree templates below. To use one in your project simply click on the tree itself (or the link under the image) to open a large PDF version which you can download or print. The trees are designed to be printed on standard 8.5 x 11 office paper at the correct resolution so please do not print the image on this page or your tree may come out blurry. Use the provided PDF.

All of our tree templates include spaces for four to five generations – children or parents at the bottom, then grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents at the very top or sides. If you are using one of these for a child’s school project you could easily write the child’s name at the top or bottom of the page if no space is included.

Try These 4 Free Family Tree Templates

First up is a family tree chart with a basic design in black and white for easy printing. This printable would be a great starting point for kids or teens who want learn more about their family tree or as a fun project to work on with a parent or grandparent. Even better, the simplicity of this family tree makes it useful in so many different ways, from scrapbooking to simply organizing your genealogy research.

Click here for a print-ready PDF of this family tree. Printing the above image will likely result in a blurry tree on standard size paper so please use the high-quality provided PDF.

Next up is a printable family tree featuring a little more color and texture, plus plenty of room to fill in the names of your ancestors with space left over for some additional details like date of birth.

This family tree would make a great addition to any scrapbook or as a point of reference to take along to a family reunion or other get-together – you could even frame it and hang in on the wall. Use the blank banner at the base of the tree to include any labels or extra information you might wish to feature on your family tree.

Click here for a print-ready PDF version of this family tree.

This next printable genealogy template is geared toward the kids or grandkids in your life. With bright colors and plenty of space in each box, little hands will have no trouble filling in each box with those special people that belong to their family tree.

This printable would make a great activity for kids of any age, or really anyone who enjoys a little whimsy in their lives. Use it for [...]

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Ancestry.com is famous for its hints - those little green leaves in your family tree that give you fact suggestions from records and other family trees. These hints are such an important part of research on Ancestry that people become members just to take advantage of them.
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Although this information may seem simple, it is not always obvious to beginners how this process works. Kimberly Tucker has taken the time to go over how to download your tree from the big three subscription sites - Ancestry, MyHeritage and FindMyPast - and has also provided links to some additional instructions for other programs.
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Ancestry.com has decided to make their entire Irish Heritage collection completely free this weekend - no-cost access will end on Monday. If you have Irish (or UK) ancestors (or are trying to discover if you do) and don't have a current subscription to their site then this is a great chance to get some research done.
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If you've been waiting to take a DNA test for ancestry until a great deal comes along, now may be the time. Whether you plan to test only yourself, or want to grab a few kits for family members, you'll find low prices at every major testing company right now. We've listed all of the current offers below so that you can easily compare. Some of these deals have an unknown end date and others expire this weekend.
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For avid family historians the search for the perfect tree program can be a challenging one. We need a very specific set of tools, intelligent ways to enter and view data, robust reporting options and ongoing stability - but we also hope for an intuitive and attractive design, access from any device and the ability to easily share our work with family members and collaborators. It's a tall order to fill.
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If you’re one of the 175 million people around the world who use Pinterest every month, you probably already know that there’s a lot to love. Maybe you think of Pinterest as a great place to collect clever home decor ideas or as the best spot to peruse beautiful images of tasty food (who doesn’t?) - but did you know that Pinterest is so much more than that? It may be the free genealogy tool you've been missing.
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