Why on earth doesn't FS allow the printing of our entire lineage?
Most of us that are into genealogy are not of the digital age so much. I would love to be able to print and share the work I've done with my siblings. Yes, I already gave them the info of where to find it on line, but I'm the youngest at 60 years old. So, as you can imagine, my sibs are technologically challenged.
I'm pretty sure I know why and it's just shameful.
Hello @cyndi everetts
We understand your concern about being able to share your family's genealogy with your siblings.
Have you investigated the print options associated with the different pedigree views?
Here's a link to the knowledge article that explains the different views, for your reference:
And, here is an article about how to print fan charts and pedigree charts:
Personally, I like the fan chart because you can print 7 generations. When you select the print feature, FamilySearch converts the information into a PDF file, which you can save to your computer or a thumb drive. You can take the thumb drive to a print shop and have the chart printed as large as you like, including wall size.
You might also want to check out third party apps that print family trees which are explained in our Solutions Gallery:
I'm hoping that you will find a suitable solution in one of the options, above.
Welcome to the "Community.FamilySearch" Forum.
I am just another 'lowly' User/Patron ...
Further to what 'MNuttall' has already, so helpfully, proffered ...
What you have to be aware and remember is that ...
▬ 'FamilySearch' was created by the Church.
▬ 'FamilySearch' is FREE to ALL
▬ 'FamilySearch' is NOT a "Commercial" Website (ie. requiring, Fees/Paid/Subscription access)
Most importantly ...
There are many competing priorities in the "Family Tree" Part (and, the OTHER Parts) of 'FamilySearch'; and, there are "Very" LIMITED Resources (eg. Funds) available to 'FamilySearch'.
So, 'shameful', it is NOT ...
That Said ...
As it is, "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch', is not; and, never was, even 'Designed' with, proper/significant "Printing" capabilities, which are very limited.
"Printing" is limited to the printing of:
▬ a "Family Group Sheet" for an individual/person; and,
▬ a x4 Generation, "Pedigree" Chart for an individual/person.
That is basically it.
We CANNOT neither, "Print"; and/or, "Download", our "Ancestral" Lines, directly from "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
One of the reasons for that being, the SIZE, for some of the "Ancestral" Lines, of MANY User/Patrons.
[ Myself, being one of those ... ]
The computing power required to, "Print"; and/or, "Download", some "Ancestral" Lines, directly from "Family Tree", of 'FamilySearch', be astronomical; and, would literally, slow 'FamilySearch', to a 'crawl', for everyone.
I know ...
Years ago, when we DID have the ability, to "Download", our "Ancestral" Lines, from 'FamilySearch' (ie. I think that it was through the predecessor to "Family Tree"; being, "New FamilySearch") , I attempted to do so ...
And, after 6 to 8 Hours; and, well over 200,000 (or, it could have Ten or One Hundred times that) individuals/persons (including: Couple Relationships; and, Children), the "Download", 'fell over', 'crashed', NEVER to be resurrected. Not long after, the ability to to "Download", our "Ancestral" Lines, from 'FamilySearch' DISSAPPEARED altogether - possibly even because of my attempt - I probably 'crashed' the "System'.
That Said ...
Do not disappear ...
As, has already been proffered, there are alternatives ...
The best option for such in your "Ancestral" lines in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch', is to use one or more of the "Third Party" Applications [ being of either, the "Family Tree Management" programmes; or, Charting (Printing) programmes ] that is "Certified" to work with "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
The "Third Party" Applications that are "Certified" to work with "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' can be found in the "Solutions Gallery" of 'FamilySearch'.
Here is a direct link to the "Solutions Gallery" of 'FamilySearch':
And, here is the direct link to the "Family Tree Management" programmes, themselves:
And, here is the direct link to the "Charting (Printing)" programmes, themselves:
"Third Party" Applications that are "Certified" to work with "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' include, BOTH, 'On-Line' "Websites" (eg. "Ancestry_com"; or "MyHeritage_com"; or, the like); and/or, 'standalone' personal (computer) programmes ("Ancestral Quest"; or, the like).
Some of the "Third Party" Applications that are "Certified" to work with "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' have, BOTH, a Basic FREE version; and/or, a Premium PIAD (ie. "Subscription") version, the latter just having more 'Bells and Whistles'. The Basic FREE version is sufficient for most, the average, User/Patron. Whereas, the Premium PAID (ie. "Subscription") version is the choice of most experienced and 'power' Users/Patrons.
You can use ONE or MORE than one, of the the "Third Party" Applications, the choice is yours.
Most of the "Third Party" Applications that are "Certified" to work with "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' that are "Family Tree Management programmes, have INTERFACES that work/connect (directly) with "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' that can, "Download"; and, "Upload" (ie. "Transfer) between the "Third Party" Application and "Family Tree".
I know that this might not help; but, I hope that this gives you some perspective; insight; and, other avenues to explore.
ps: I am a little older than you; and, I help/assist/teach, the even OLDER Generations LEARN (with them being 'Hands-On') about using, 'FamilySearch'; and, todays Computer 'Technology'. It can be done. Do not let them try to 'fob it off', they can do it - I know. Learning, is the best medicine, to 'stave off' the onset of the degenerative conditions caused by getting older. And, DOING Genealogy/Family History is the right medicine for that.
I really appreciate the comments made by both @Brett . and @MNuttall who confirmed that while you cannot print everything quickly the is connected to your pedigree, you can download portions of your pedigree using the pedigree views, and you can use a third-party program to work with only your pedigree.
Because the FamilySearch Family Tree is shared by all users and is not a personal program which contains just your information, the only way to isolate just your ancestors in Family Tree is to work through the Pedigree Views which is why third-party programs that sync with Family Tree are very popular with those who wish to share information with other living ancestors.
The disadvantage of adding many living descendants is that we actually create duplicate records that will eventually have to be merged to create a single record for each family member. For this reason, it is recommended that we only add living relatives that create a bridge to our deceased ancestors to avoid creating records that we know may be duplicates.
The two following knowledge articles from our Help Center speak to the idea of sharing information from Family Tree. We hope they will provide some food for thought as you continue to work in Family Tree. There are embedded links at the bottom of the second article which address working with information about our living relatives that might also be helpful to you.
Thank you for sharing your concern. We hope the suggestions made by those who have joined this discussion will answer your question and be helpful as you work with your extended family. Bless you with your continued family history efforts.1