Create a Family Tree Chart in PowerPoint 2007

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Create Your Family Tree Chart Using SmartArt Graphics

Use SmartArt icon on Title and Content slide for a family tree in PowerPoint 2007
Family tree is created using the the SmartArt icon on the Title and Content slide layout in PowerPoint 2007. Screen shot © Wendy Russell

Note - For this tutorial in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier - Create a Family Tree Chart in PowerPoint 2003

Choose the Slide Layout for the Family Tree Chart

  1. Click the Home tab of the ribbon if it is not already selected.

  2. In the Slides section of the ribbon, click the drop down button next to Layout.

  3. Select the Title and Content type of slide layout.

  4. Click the icon to Insert SmartArt Graphic.

Free Family Tree Chart Template to Download

If you would like to get right to adding your data to the family tree chart, check the shaded text box on page 9 of this tutorial. I have created a free family tree chart template for you to download and modify to suit your needs.
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Family Tree Chart is Created Using the Hierarchy SmartArt Graphic

Hierarchy SmartArt graphic for Family Tree in PowerPoint 2007
Hierarchy SmartArt graphic for Family Tree in PowerPoint 2007. Screen shot © Wendy Russell

Choose the Correct Hierarchy SmartArt Graphic

  1. In the list of SmartArt graphic objects, click on Hierarchy in the list on the left. This is one of the many organization chart types of SmartArt graphics.
     
  2. Select the first hierarchy option for your family tree chart.

Note - It is important to choose the first option in the list of styles of hierarchy charts. This hierarchy organization chart is the only one that includes the option to add an "assistant" box to the family tree. The "assistant" type of shape in the family tree chart is used to identify one member's spouse in the family tree.

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Use SmartArt Tools to Enhance Your Family Tree Chart

SmartArt Tools in PowerPoint 2007 for Family Tree chart template
SmartArt Tools in PowerPoint 2007 for Family Tree chart template. Screen shot © Wendy Russell

Locate the SmartArt Tools

  1. If the SmartArt Tools option is not visible (just above the ribbon), click anywhere in your family tree chart and you will see the SmartArt Tools button appear.
     
  2. Click the SmartArt Tools button to see all the options available for the family tree chart.
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Add a New Member to the Family Tree Chart

Add a new member to the family tree chart in PowerPoint 2007
Add a new member to the family tree chart in PowerPoint 2007. Screen shot © Wendy Russell

Select a Shape

Type the information for each member of your family tree into the text boxes formed in the hierarchy chart. You will notice that as you add more text, the font resizes to fit the box.

Adding a new member to the family tree chart is simply a matter of adding a new shape and filling in the information.

  1. Click on the border of the shape to which you need to make an addition.
     
  2. Click the drop down arrow on the Add Shape button to see the options.
     
  3. Select the correct type of shape from the list.
     
  4. Continue to add new shapes as necessary to complete the family tree. Make sure that the correct "parent" shape, (in relation to the new addition), is selected before you add a new member to the family tree chart.
     
  5. Type the information for this new member(s) of the family tree into the new object shape(s).

Delete a Shape in the Family Tree

To delete a shape in the family tree chart, simply click on the border of the shape and then press the Delete key on the keyboard.

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Example of a New Member Added to the Family Tree Chart

Family tree chart - example of adding a shape to the family tree in PowerPoint 2007
Example of adding a shape to the family tree in PowerPoint 2007. Screen shot © Wendy Russell

Example - New Member Added

This example shows how a step-child was added as a new member to the family tree chart. The step-child is a child of the spouse, so was added using Add Shape Below when the Spouse text box was selected.

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Linking to a New Branch of the Family Tree

Choose a shape to add to the family tree in PowerPoint 2007
Choose a shape to add to the family tree in PowerPoint 2007. Screen shot © Wendy Russell

Branching Out in the Family Tree Chart

From the main family tree page, you may wish to branch out to other relatives in your family tree, or take a closer look at your immediate family tree. This can be done by adding new slides with that information.

Hyperlinking to different slides will allow the viewer to navigate to different branches depending on which member they choose.

Note - I did not have success with hyperlinking directly from the text on the shapes created with the organization chart. For some reason this did not work in PowerPoint 2007. I had to take a further step by adding a shape and text box on top of the existing shape in order for the hyperlinking to work. What follows are the steps I took to do that. As a side note, I would love to hear from anyone who has success with hyperlinks created directly from the text in the organization chart.

Steps to Add New Shapes for Hyperlinking

  1. Select the slide where you want to create a hyperlink from.
     
  2. Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon.
     
  3. Click the Shapes icon.
     
  4. Select a shape that closely matches the existing shape on the slide.
     
  5. Draw the shape over top of the existing shape on the slide.
     
  6. Right click on the new shape and choose Format Shape...
     
  7. Edit the color of the shape to match the original shape.
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Add a Text Box on Top of the New Shape

Family tree chart template - add a text box to a shape in the family tree in PowerPoint 2007
Add a text box to a shape in the family tree chart in PowerPoint 2007. Screen shot © Wendy Russell

Draw a Text Box

  1. Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon, if it is not already selected.
     
  2. Click the Text Box icon.
     
  3. Draw a text box on top of the new shape you added in the previous step.
     
  4. Type the appropriate text.
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Add a Hyperlink to a Different Branch of the Family Tree

Family Tree Chart Template - Hyperlink to Another Branch of the Family Tree
Hyperlink to Another Branch of the Family Tree. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Hyperlink to a Different Branch

  1. Select the text in the newly added text box.
     
  2. On the Insert tab of the ribbon, click on the Hyperlink button.
     
  3. On the left side of the Edit Hyperlink dialog box, choose Place in This Document and select the appropriate slide to link to.
     
  4. Click OK to complete the hyperlink.
     
  5. Test the hyperlink by pressing the F5 key on the keyboard to start the slide show. Navigate to the slide containing the hyperlink. When you click on the hyperlinked text, the appropriate slide will open.
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Next Steps for the Family Tree Chart

Free family tree chart template for PowerPoint 2007
Free family tree chart template for PowerPoint 2007. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Jazz Up Your Family Tree Chart

You may consider adding a background picture to your family tree chart. If so, then be sure to fade the background picture significantly so that it does not detract from your family tree chart.

The following tutorials show you different ways to add a faded picture, called a watermark to your presentation.


 

Free Family Tree Chart Template

I have created a family tree chart template for you to download and modify for your own family tree members.

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