Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Printing a Free Fan Chart from (also

For this to work, you must already be registered for nFS ( Your local Family History Center may be able to help you to register. The colored 9-generation fan charts are beautiful, but you may need to save the electronic copy and take it to a quick printing shop that has large sizes of paper to have it printed. If you have Adobe Reader 10 installed on your computer you can probably print the chart in a "tiled" format across several sheets of normal-sized paper. Another option is to save the electronic (PDF) file and email it to family members. The charts are beautiful.

This process allows you to print a chart for anyone whose Person IDentifer number you know:
Go to
Click Start Now
Click Login (below the FamilySearch logo)
Input nFS user name and password
Click Sign in (window closes when done)
Click Create Tree
Click on the link to the person, or scroll down and input the PID of anyone in nFS
Click Create Data Set (window closes when done)
Click Create Chart
Click Open or Save to open or save your fan chart. (If you save it, choose a meaningful name and location so you can find it again.)

NOTE: The person whose fan chart you are printing does NOT need to be a registered user of nFS, they just need a record in nFS (i.e. have a Person IDentifier) You can check in nFS for someone's PID (e.g. George Washington) and input the PID (KNDX-MKG) in to create a fan chart of his ancestors. Try it.

This site is sometimes busy. Be patient, if nothing happens for 10 minutes it may be necessary to reload the page to complete the process.


  1. Thanks for the info. I love these fan charts!

  2. Several companies have arrangements for a faster process for all this. There are even in office printers that are available that can be capable of handling a large amount of printing at a time. However there may be restrictions of the use of different color schemes as well as large numbers which is required.

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  3. I have been researching for 2 days for an answer as to why MY family tree is not appearing in the fan chart that createfan produces. I have edited and added information to it, and none of those changes are reflected in the fan chart.

    And I am not alone. I have found 12-15 complaints or questions regarding this issue online, but have not found one response as to how to address it. I have tried the following unsuccessfully...1) instead of going thru go to and follow all the steps in 2) Pick a deceased relative as the start person for the fan chart instead of the living relative. 3) Save the fan before trying to print it. 4) Try to follow a path from It only produces a 4 gen fan.

    Nothing works....all the same "old" information keeps appearing. Please post an answer on the and site as to how to solve this problem.


  4. Firstly let me say that I have no connection to, besides being a happy user.

    Remember that a 4-generation fan chart is just one of several charts you can print from this site, including a much larger fan chart.

    If that doesn't work for you, maybe try a different fan chart at
    Theirs is a 10 generation fan chart.