Family Chart Print button

The Family Chart displays the people in your tree and shows how they are related to the currently selected person.

Using the chart controls

My Family Tree charts share a common set of controls for navigation, pan and zoom, configuration, and printing.  Read how to use the chart controls here.

The family chart

Fig 1. The family chart.

Displaying relationships

Spouses / partners

Spouses / partners are shown next to a person in the tree.  The connecting line gives information about the status of the relationship.  The start date for the relationship is shown on the top of the line and any end date.  Spouses / partners are displayed in date order with the most recent spouses / partners are displayed next to the person.

Spouses in the family chart

Fig 2. Spouse / partners in the family chart.


Children are show below their parents.  Solid connecting lines between a parent and the person show biological relationships.  Children are displayed in birth order which is automatically calculated from date information (the birth order can be set in Person⯈Details if this information is not available).  Half siblings are automatically determined and are displayed if "Show half siblings" is checked in the Chart Options.

Children in the family chart

Fig 3. Children in the family chart.

Nonbiological relationships

Nonbiological relationships can be displayed for the selected person if the "Show non biological relationships" option is checked in the Chart Options.  Dashed connecting lines between a parent and the person also indicate that the relationship nonbiological.

Nonbiological relationships in the family chart

Fig 4. Nonbiological relationships in the family chart.


Each person in the tree is represented visually.  Sex is communicated using an icon unless a person has a primary image.  Name, birth, death, age, and contact information can be shown under the person icon / image.  If a person is living, a person's birth year and age is shown e.g. Born 1926 ❘ 91.  If a person is deceased their birth year, death year, and age at death is shown e.g. 1930 - 2002 ❘ 71.  The format of the information can be configured in the Chart Options.

People in the family chart

Fig 5. People in the family chart.

More information about each person can be displayed by hovering over a person in the chart.

More information popup

Fig 6. More information popup.


Several symbols are used in the chart.  Their meanings are explained below.

A living person icon A living person icon is filled.
A deceased person icon A deceased person icon is not filled.
A half sibling icon Half siblings have a split colour.
A male person icon A person whose sex is male.
A female person icon A person whose sex is female.
A unknown or other gender person icon A person whose sex is unknown or other than male / female.
Additional people icon Additional related people not displayed.  You can view these people by clicking on the person.
A current person icon The person who is currently selected.
—— Solid lines denote biological parent-child relationships, or current relationships between two people.
- - - Dashed lines denote non biological parent-child relationships, or former relationships two people.
  * Birth (b.)
  ✝︎ Death (d.) / Deceased (dec.)
  ⚬︎ Engagement (eng.)
  ⚭︎ Marriage (mar.)
 ⚯︎ Partnership/relationship
  ⚮︎ Divorce (div.)


The family tree chart uses 4 different colours to help present the information. Parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren and so on are all direct blood relations and so are displayed in one colour. Spouses are shown in a second colour, siblings in a third, and nonbiological relationships in a fourth.  Half siblings are displayed in two colours, half "spouse" coloured and half "sibling" coloured.  The colours vary depending on the current application theme.