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Trees

You can now create ancestral charts at DNA Painter and view them in pedigree, fan and text format.

You can a create a tree manually or import a GEDCOM file. Read quick Trees FAQ

To get started, click the button below.

Create a new tree Import from GEDCOM
  • One-page presentation of your ancestral pedigree A simple and searchable one-page presentation of your ancestral pedigree in a 10-generation fan chart
  • Load a GEDCOM or build manually via a simple interfaceLoad a GEDCOM file or build your tree manually via a simple interface
  • Colour-code your ancestors with preset palettes or your own custom choicesColour-code your ancestors with preset palettes or your own custom choices
  • Keep your tree completely private or share with the option to hide living peopleKeep your tree completely private or share with the option to hide living people
  • Explore with DNA inheritance overlays and tree completeness reportExplore with DNA inheritance overlays and tree completeness report
  • Search by name or place name; switch easily between tree, fan and the elegant text viewSearch by name or place name; switch easily between tree, fan and the elegant text view
  • Maintain a record of ancestors where there's evidence you inherited their DNAMake notes on known and unknown ancestors and maintain your genetic family tree
  • Maintain a record of ancestors where there's evidence you inherited their DNAComing SoonComing soon: link your chromosome maps to a tree in order to sync data, colours and more...

Trees FAQ

How does it work?
You can build a tree manually by simply typing in the names of ancestors, or you can import a GEDCOM file exported from a genealogy site or desktop genealogy software:
  • Browse your computer for your GEDCOM file
  • The site will extract all the people from it into an 'autocomplete' list
  • Type some letters into the autocomplete box and select the person whose ancestors you want to extract
  • At this point, the site builds a tree for the chosen person and saves it in the site's database.
  • The default option is to hide living people, replacing them with 'Living', so their details are never uploaded at all. You can optionally override this.
  • Another default sets the import to a maximum of 10 generations beyond the home person. Unless you have lots of pedigree collapse, the site should be capable of importing more distant ancestors too. If you'd like to try this, just select 'Import all available generations'
Can I use my main GEDCOM file or should I extract just my direct line?
It's up to you; unless you have a huge tree (e.g. more than 50,000 people), it should be fine.
Do you store my GEDCOM file?
No, your GEDCOM file does not leave your computer; instead, the site extracts just the ancestors of the person you select.
Does my GEDCOM file have to be saved with a specific character set?
The best format is UTF-8, and most GEDCOM files will use this by default. The site will do the best job it can with other formats, and should handle ANSI files just fine. If you have trouble with special characters, please feel free to email info@dnapainter.com and I'll try and help.
What is the maximum filesize?
The file can be reasonably big (since it's not being uploaded anywhere!), but needs to be less than 60MB in order for the site to be able to load the list of people. If you have an older or slower computer it may need to be smaller than this.
Is my tree private?
Yes - just as with the chromosome maps, a tree is only ever viewable by the person who created it *unless* that person clicks on 'share', in which case a link will be created that allows others to view the tree if they have this link. This share status can be revoked by the owner at any point, at which time the share link will no longer work.
Will the share link show living people?
By default, a shared tree will have the option 'hide the names and details of living people' selected. When such a tree is prepared for viewing, the share link will check all ancestors out to great-great-grandparent level. If an ancestor has an empty death date AND an empty death place, the site will infer that they are living and will replace their name in the tree with 'Living' when viewed (or duplicated) via the share link, and will hide their birth info and any notes. If you want to show living people, click 'show the names and details of living people' in the share overlay.
What does 'mark as a genetic ancestor' mean?
This is intended to help users indicate which parts of their ancestral pedigree they've been able to verify via DNA (aka their 'genetic family tree'). For example, if I have a confirmed DNA match with my 3rd cousin who descends from a sister of my great-grandfather David Heatherington, I might mark David as a genetic ancestor. I can then use the 'show genetic ancestors' filter to show just the ancestors who I've found DNA connections with.
How can I print my tree/fan chart?
The tree and fan should print using your browser's print function. Please ensure you have the 'background graphics' option selected.
Can I download a picture of my tree?
Yes, an experimental version of this is now available under the settings cog on the right. For best results, please avoid the browsers Internet Explorer and Edge.
Can I link ancestors in my chromosome map to my tree?
Not yet, but this is being developed at the moment for release later in 2019.