How To Create a MS Word Table for Your Family Tree List

If you are like most genealogists, you have more than one tree for your family. And since you are a true genealogist you help other people with their trees, so you have their trees in your collection of family trees you’ve created.


If you view your profile page on Ancestry you might see a list like this, with “Expand” at the bottom right corner of the list.


If you click on “Expand” you will get a full list of the trees in the collection.


I brought up a tree owners profile page and got this list of their trees.



I then expanded it and got this view of their trees.


I then highlighted the list so that I could copy it onto a MS Word file.


I would like to see list of trees in a nicer format and to do this I will create a table on MS Word that will contain the family tree names and the statistics for the tree. To do this I follow these steps.

I pasted the list onto the MS Word page.


I then highlighted the names of the list


Then I clicked on Insert


I then clicked on table


I then clicked on convert text to table


an option panel came up and I changed the 1 to a 2 so that I would get 2 columns.


When I clicked on OK I got the following table


which looks like this


I would like to add headers on the two (2) columns so under Layout I click on Insert Above.


I get a new row


I can now put in the header text and I click on the centering tool


I would like to have the column headers to be bold so I click on “B”.


I now look at the table title and will change it to make it stand out.


Selecting the various fonts and sizes I get this bold big title.


My table for family tree files is now complete and is much nicer than just a plain old list.


Another example of making a Family Tree table can be found in the following blog post. In the post I put a list of 82 trees onto a formatted table.

How to Transfer a List of All Your Trees to a Table in 4 Easy Steps

Knauff screen print of her table

sample of knauff table


Other blog posts about this topic may also be of interest to you.

 

KEEPING TRACK OF ALL YOUR TREES

https://munozcollection.com/2020/01/03/keeping-track-of-all-your-trees/

 

HOW TO DOCUMENT NEWS WORTHY INCIDENT THAT AFFECTS MANY FAMILIES

https://munozcollection.com/2020/01/03/how-to-document-news-worthy-incident-that-affects-many-families/

 

USING EXCEL AS A GENEALOGY TOOL – 1934 HOTEL FIRE IN LANSING, MICHIGAN

https://munozcollection.com/2016/09/26/using-excel-as-a-genealogy-tool/

 

LIST OF PEOPLE ON A TREE – (AGOSTINA BOLENA FAMILY TREE)

https://munozcollection.com/2018/10/04/list-of-people-on-a-tree-agostina-bolena-family-tree/

 

1,363 FAMILY TREE NAMES AND SURNAMES TABLE – UPDATE – JAN 04 2020

https://munozcollection.com/2017/04/25/1042-family-tree-names-and-surnames-table/ 


I hope this will helped you to create a table for your list of family tree files.

If you have any questions about any of the steps please leave me a comment and I will attend to it as soon as possible.

There are many other things you can do with the table once you have created it and you can find some of those things on previous blog posts (some links are shown above).

Thank You

Jose from Clarkston, Michigan, USA