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Free online family tree chart

Showcase your family history at a glance with a family tree diagram. Trace your ancestry and vibrant heritage with online whiteboard templates and tools from Canva’s free family tree maker.
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Create a family tree online

With hundreds of fresh and unique family tree templates to choose from, you can create a unique family tree design that perfectly represents your family history. There’s no need for complex software! Research your ancestors and genealogy with available data and records. Then, collaborate with your relatives to trace your lineage on Canva Whiteboards, along with its infinite canvas, easy-to-use tools, and a rich library of elements.

Infinite space made for unlimited ideas

Professionally designed templates to fast-track your workflow

Share and ideate with anyone, anytime, on any device

Run a workshop with whiteboard elements, sticky notes, and a timer

Embed your family tree in Docs, presentations, and more easily

Easy online whiteboard tools and data visualization


How to make a family tree

How to make a family tree
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Open Canva on your desktop or mobile and search for “Family Tree” to start a whiteboard design.

Make a family tree design with free templates you can customize or easily start from scratch. Choose a theme that reflects your family and decide how far in your genealogy are you exploring.

Map out your ancestry and genealogy using research. Search for data about your ancestors to prove your family history like census and DNA records. Then, validate them with your relatives.

Expand the canvas to trace more ancestors and their children. Use connectors and shapes to add their names. Edit colors, fonts, photos, and other design elements to label and represent each.

Share a design link to collaborate with family members. Edit your family tree design together for future use. You can also download it as PNG or JPG, present it, or print it via Canva Print.
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What is a family tree?

A family tree is a chart or diagram that traces the ancestry of a person and maps out the relationships between family members. It accounts for people, living or dead, their history, heritage, and future ties that could be established within the genealogy.

Why use family trees?

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It’s easy to get caught up with life and forget where you come from. But, there’s always pride and joy in embracing the past and what led you to the present. Family trees simply do the same. It introduces you to your ancestors and brings a sense of belonging to the rich family history and heritage they carry.


When you create a family tree, you're able to immortalize your ancestry and draw connections between your genealogy and traditions. For children, it’s a fun way to learn your facts and history. In serious matters, it can also provide proof of descent, associate genetics, and trace health concerns. It also identifies potential heirs and future ties.

Discover your family story

Enhance images in your Family Trees

With Canva Whiteboards, you can add as many relatives as you like, create unique maps, or simply design your family tree from scratch. Make the most out of our free family tree maker and its built-in photo editor(opens in a new tab or window) to edit and enhance images(opens in a new tab or window) from family albums. Bring your ancestry and history to life with every photo, text font, color, and stylish element that grows along with your tree.

Decorate your trees

Choose and design your Family Trees

Create modern and fresh versions of the traditional family tree design with our rich media library. Show the connection between your ancestors with shapes, arrows, and connectors. Upload their photos, apply filters, and use our built-in photo editing tools. You can also select stylish colors and fonts, add textured backgrounds and frames, or use Draw(opens in a new tab or window) to scribble and diagram freehand.

Make it a family affair

Share your Family Tree designs

Allow your family to collaborate with ease. Invite your relatives to your family tree design and let them edit your template, leave comments, or add sticky notes. Access your online whiteboard anytime, anywhere, and trace your ancestry in no time. Plus, with the infinite canvas from Canva Whiteboards, you’ll never run out of space for your growing family.

Shared with generations to come

Family Tree design on desktop and mobile

Canva’s family tree maker automatically saves your work in progress, so you can capture every update in your lineage. Need a presentation about your ancestors right away? Canva Whiteboards lets you switch to Presenter view easily. Finally, download your family tree design as a PNG, JPG, or PDF file. You can also share it online or publish a poster or infographic via Canva Print.

Start inspired with a family tree template

Look back at your ancestry with Canva’s online family tree maker. Edit a free family tree template with your relatives and see how your ancestors branched out and grew your lineage. Choose from a family tree example in our collection and get started with your whiteboard design.
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Frequently Asked Questions

You can create a family tree depending on the protagonist or the focal point of your genealogy. Our family tree maker has the tools and features to map the following:
  • Ancestor is the most common type where it starts from one person all the way up of their ancestry.
  • Descendant goes the opposite direction of ancestor trees and starts from the older generation down to the protagonist.
  • Dynasty is an ancestor tree subtype that identifies famous or influential ancestors, no matter the timeline or how distant they are.
  • Family chart is a simple table that lists down your ancestors like a database.

Family trees work by tracing your ancestry. List down, draw, and establish connections between your ancestors in our family tree maker easily. If you want to expand to genealogy, then, you’d need to research your history and search for data and records to make sense of your heritage, dynamics, and traditions.

There are now online websites that help you find and name your ancestors. Or you can rely on your family’s archives and records. It’s imperative to research your lineage, that means going through generations of family records, data, census, deeds, DNA tests, and anything that proves your history and genealogy. Once you complete your search and establish connections, you can use our family tree maker to visualize your ancestry.

Deciding who to include in your family tree depends on the scope of your mapping. How far in your genealogy are you covering? By then, you’ll have an idea of ancestors and children to include, and the amount of records and history you need to scour through.

Reading family trees is as straightforward as it gets, whether on digital websites or traditionally drawn diagrams. You only need to follow the connections that lead to the one person that you’re focusing on. This visual representation helps you deduce how many generations passed, and what to search about their history and affiliation.

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Immortalize your ancestry with a family tree