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printing a descendancy chart

There is no icon for printing a descendancy chart. Could this be added or have a knowledge article about how to print it.
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  • You are right. We haven't implemented a PDF printout of the descendancy view yet. I imagine we will eventually, however. In the meantime, you can produce a printout by using the browser print functionality. In most browsers, you do this by either right clicking and selecting Print or selected Print from the File menu. It's not as nice looking as if we create a nice PDF printout, but does the job. By the way, we are working on a nice printout for the portrait pedigree view which should be available in a month or two.
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    I also want to be able to print a descendancy chart. It takes a great deal of time to click each descendant one at a time in order to get where you are working. Sometimes I have ten generations of descendants all fanned out and if I click one place in error I need to fan the whole thing out again. It can take 10 minutes just to get the chart fanned out each time. It would be really helpful to me to be able to print out the chart with the person numbers so I can find where I was working again.

    It would also be a great report to share with non LDS family members who might have a desire to do research themselves. Having a printout of the work that was done already is really handy for people to figure out where we are connected in our family tree.

    Thanks.
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    Dear Ben, Mike and Marilee,

    As Mike suggested your browser can printout a descendancy chart.

    I discovered how to print a descendancy chart the same way.

    First use the Google Chrome search engine to open FamilySearch.

    Bring up a desired descendancy chart in the usual way
    pick an ancestor and select view descendancy
    select 1 to 4 generations to (autofill that many)
    drop down the show option and deselect as desired
    I like to deselect portraits, and add people
    click the right arrow (greater than or right carat) as desired
    to show more or less generations

    Once the descendancy chart is showing as desired, print it by right clicking your mouse on the screen. Select print option. wait for preview and make color, duplex
    and other options as desired before printing.

    It only works in Chrome. You cannot show living descendants unless you created them.
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    Some suggestions for developement:

    1. Please allow a Descendancy Chart "print" in OPTIONS, keeping the lines showing the generations belonging to which person. FOR EXAMPLE: Right now if you do a ctrl P, browser print, copy/paste, etc the lines appear, but the lines do not print causing a great deal of confusion and work to figure it out.

    2. Please allow us to "switch off the females" or "switch off males" in OPTIONS for a Descendancy Chart. I don't know if it possible to do that while still allowing the spouses to be printed, but it would be nice to do, if so. FOR EXAMPLE: If we are researching only a male (or female) line to find a match to a different dead-end line, we can print just that gender. It will save time, confusion, and loads of paper when we print a worksheet.

    3. Installing a search by first and/or last name of a Descendancy Chart would also be helpful. Some of the Descendancy lists are huge.

    4. Also in the OPTION legend on any page: we need color shades that are helpful for those who are colorblind. The current shades are useless for those individuals. They have to go to a center to have someone read the green temples (or anything else with color) for them.

    I just went through a ridiculous lengthy procedure to get the chart I needed to do further research. The suggestions above would help greatly in the future. I understand fixing pretty things are probably popular, but those of us who do serious research desperately need FamilySearch to be more useful.

    Thank you for all you do. Keep Smiling, Janice
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  • Hm. I don't know what to think with your request..

    A Descendancy chart is a chart showing all descendants (both male and female) for a specified number of suggestions. I don't know of any descendancy chart that will display only one sex.

    Besides being in a two-week "off" period for the developers (holidays), there are some 1,000 items that have been requested and with limited resources, even when fully staffed, only a few are implemented (per Joe Martel's information from a month or so ago).

    One of the areas where FamilyTree is weak is in its printing options. To be honest, I don't know if that area will be strengthened or not.

    I have been a long time user of a personal family tree management program because they offer a lot more in terms of printing options, some of which I doubt that I will ever see on the FamilySearch site.

    I will often print a descendancy chart for research purposes and even use a check list to make sure I fully research any given descendant.

    Getting back to your request, I use Chrome on a Windows 7 computer and what Charles Hassard posted over three years ago is still accurate. Using Chrome, open the descendancy chart, select the number of generations, set the options, and then right-click anywhere on the chart. This will open the print preview in Chrome and there the entire displayed chart will appear, complete to the oldest generation.

    The following is a sample of the preview that Chrome Displays before printing the chart.

    Note: I do not know if the same chart now prints with the other three supported browsers: Safari, Firefox, and Edge.
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    • In the Pedigree tree area of FamilySearch, in the upper left there is a down arrow where you can chose Landscape Pedigree, Portrait Pedigree, Fan Chart, or Descendancy Chart. Chose how many descendents you want, then I cut & paste which ending up not looking like how I want. I have also use Snip-it or any capture program to print it too.

      We used to be able to Print a Descendancy Chart from a Print button, but no more. A shame.

      There are times I need to divide the names on a Descendancy Chart by gender in order find possible duplicates when combining families (when the merge options is not working well). That is the reason I asked the questions above.
      Hope any of this may help.
      Keep Smiling, Janice
    • Janice, I can print a descendancy chart, using Chrome and the CTRL-P function. - Amy
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