Wikipedia:Family trees

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There are several ways to create family trees for display on Wikipedia. These examples are taken from a discussion on the Village pump in March/April 2005 (see Talk page).

Ahnentafel[edit]

The simplest way to include a list of ancestors is the Ahnentafel. This is a standard for genealogists, but it is hard to understand for people who have not seen it before.

  1. HRH Prince William of Wales (born 21 June 1982)
  2. HRH The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (born 14 November 1948)
  3. Diana, Princess of Wales née Lady Diana Spencer (1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997)
  4. HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born 10 June 1921)
  5. HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (born 21 April 1926)
  6. John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer (24 January 1924 – 29 March 1992)
  7. The Hon Mrs Shand Kydd née The Hon Frances Roche (20 January 1936 – 3 June 2004)
  8. HRH Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (20 January 1882 – 3 December 1944)
  9. HRH Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark née HSH Princess Alice of Battenberg (25 February 1885 – 5 December 1969)
  10. HM King George VI of the United Kingdom (14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952)
  11. HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother née Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (4 August 1900 – 30 March 2002)
  12. Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer (23 May 1892 – 9 June 1975)
  13. Cynthia Spencer, Countess Spencer née Lady Cynthia Hamilton (16 August 1897 – 4 December 1972)
  14. Maurice Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy (15 May 1885 – 8 July 1955)
  15. Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy née Miss Ruth Gill (2 October 1908 – 6 July 1993)

Ahnentafels can be displayed as horizontal trees using a number of templates. See Template:Ahnentafel/doc. For example, with {{Ahnentafel-compact5}}:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Ansegisel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Pepin of Herstal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Begga
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Charles Martel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Dodo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Alpaida
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Pepin the Short
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Warinus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. Leudwinus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Kunza of Metz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Rotrude of Trier
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Chrodobertus II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. d. of Chrodobertus II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Doda
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Charlemagne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Ansegisel (=16)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Martin of Laon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Begga (=17)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Caribert of Laon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Bertrada of Prüm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Bertrada of Laon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Bertrada of Cologne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ancestry chart (left to right)[edit]

This is how ancestry charts are often displayed in the U.S., using {{Ahnentafel4}}:

 
 
 
 
Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
 
 
Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duchess Sophie Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
 
 
Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heinrich XXIV, Count Reuss of Ebersdorf
 
 
Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf
 
 
 
 
 
 
Countess Karoline Ernestine of Erbach-Schönberg
 
Albert, Prince Consort
 
 
 
 
 
Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
 
 
Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
 
 
 
 
 
 
Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen
 
 
Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1756–1808)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg
 
 
Duchess Louise Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
 
 
 
 
 
 
Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1800–1831)
 


Ancestry chart (bottom to top)[edit]

In Europe, ancestry charts are more often shown bottom-to-top.


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ASCII art[edit]

Here is the family tree of House Baratheon:


                   Steffon==+==? Eastermont
                            |
                   +--------+------------------+
                   |        |                  |
     Cersei==+===Robert  Stannis==+==Selyse  Renly
   Lannister |     |              | Florent 
             |     |              |
   +----+----+     +------+       |
   |    |    |     |      |       |  
Joffrey | Tommen  Mya   Edric  Shireen
     Myrcella    Stone  Storm

Alternatively you can render it using box-drawing characters:

                   Steffon━━┯━━? Eastermont
                            │
                   ┌────────┼──────────────────┐
                   │        │                  │
     Cersei━━┯━━━Robert  Stannis━━┯━━Selyse  Renly
   Lannister │     │              │ Florent 
             │     │              │
   ┌────┬────┤     ├──────┐       │
   │    │    │     │      │       │  
Joffrey │ Tommen  Mya   Edric  Shireen
     Myrcella    Stone  Storm

(And see Family tree of the Greek gods).

Tables[edit]

A family tree can also be displayed using tables, by showing borders on selected cells (note that this does not work properly on all browsers).

This is a family tree using tables for House Tully:

Hoster Tully
*242?
Minisa Whent
†273? in childbed
Brynden Tully
‘The Blackfish’
*247?
Eddard Stark
*262
282 Catelyn
*268
Lysa
*270
282 Jon Arryn
*222? †297
Edmure
*272
 
Robb
*283
Sansa
*286
Arya
*288
Brandon
*290
Rickon
*294
Robert
*291



To fully understand how it works, this is the same table with all table borders:

Hoster Tully
*242?
Minisa Whent
†273? in childbed
Brynden Tully
‘The Blackfish’
*247?
Eddard Stark
*262
282 Catelyn
*268
Lysa
*270
282 Jon Arryn
*222? †297
Edmure
*272
 
Robb
*283
Sansa
*286
Arya
*288
Brandon
*290
Rickon
*294
Robert
*291



Image file[edit]

Complex families can be displayed in an image file. You can use an imagemap to create links to the individuals displayed in the family tree (see Counts of Hainaut family tree, for example).

The houses of Lancaster and York during the Wars of the Roses

Template[edit]

Template:Chart can be used to construct simple (or incredibly complex: see Japanese imperial family tree) table-based family trees using an ASCII art-like syntax:

Grandma
Grandpa
Mum
Dad
Aunt Daisy
My brother Joe
Me!
My little sister

Note: Template:Familytree has been deprecated in favor of Template:Chart, which has more features.

Other templates[edit]

Category:Genealogy templates

Family trees on Wikipedia[edit]

See:

See also[edit]