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  • Create An 8-Generation Pedigree Family Tree In Excel (Tutorial)
    An eight-generation family tree goes back to 128 great-great-great-great-great-grandparents. This tutorial shows you how to create one in Microsoft Excel that prints across four portrait pages. The printed pages can be easily taped together to put up on a wall as a single display. If you’re too busy for the sixteen steps in this tutorial, jump … Read more
  • Does Microsoft Have An Excel Family Tree Template?
    Microsoft provides one family tree template for Excel. It’s quite limited. But if you only need a tree that goes up to your eight great-grandparents, then it’s pretty good. I find it easy to edit the name, date, and photo details. This article has some quick tips on setting up your tree. The main drawback … Read more
  • How To Use The Excel Family Tree Generator Template
    The Excel Family Tree Generator Template uses a format that won’t suit many hobby genealogists. It is designed to work downward from one pair of grandparents. The tree can include their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The default format has only enough room to display first names. I’ll show you how to make the display work … Read more
  • Create A 7-Generation Pedigree Family Tree In Excel (Tutorial)
    A seven-generation family tree goes back to sixty-four great-great-great-great-grandparents. Can you really squeeze it onto a single printed sheet in Excel? Yes you can! After a lot of experimentation, I’ve come up with the best format that displays and prints clearly. If you’re too busy for the twenty-one steps in this tutorial, jump down to the … Read more
  • Create A 6-Generation Pedigree Family Tree In Excel (Tutorial)
    This tutorial walks step-by-step through creating a six-generation pedigree family tree in Microsoft Excel. A six-generation tree goes back to thirty-two great-great-great-grandparents. The challenge is how to get six generations to fit on a single printed page. The solution is to use the pedigree layout. Even with the pedigree layout, it’s a bit of a … Read more
  • Create A 5-Generation Pedigree Family Tree In Excel (Tutorial)
    This tutorial walks step-by-step through creating a five-generation pedigree family tree in Microsoft Excel. A five-generation tree goes back to sixteen great-great-grandparents. The challenge is how to get five generations to fit on a single printed page. The solution is to use the pedigree layout. If you’re too busy for the twenty steps in this … Read more
  • Create A 4-Generation Vertical Family Tree In Excel (Tutorial)
    This tutorial takes you step-by-step through creating a four-generation vertical family tree in Microsoft Excel. A four-generation tree goes back to eight great-grandparents. The challenge is how to get the details of eight people to fit across a single printed page. Sure, you can use a tiny font. But a family tree should be easy … Read more
  • Create A Simple 3-Generation Family Tree In Excel (Tutorial)
    This tutorial takes you step-by-step through creating a simple three-generation family tree in Microsoft Excel. This type of tree is a great project for school or as a gift from children to grandparents. Our tips and tricks will help you avoid fiddling endlessly with dragging lines and positioning pictures in Excel. If you want more … Read more
  • List Of Archaic Matches On GEDmatch
    A researcher named Felix Immanuel uploaded many samples of archaic DNA to GEDmatch several years ago. His website and research pages are no longer maintained on a current website. I have reproduced his original list of the samples from an archived version. I’ve also added an extra link to a research paper or article on … Read more
  • Single Letter Last Names (Examples)
    There is no law in the United States that surnames must have more than one letter. But that doesn’t mean that there are people with one-letter last names. I’ve reviewed recent censuses, data from the Social Security Administration, and a research project published in 1982. My conclusion is that at least four letters are used … Read more