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Descendant Charts

Descendant charts start with a family and link the children, and their children's children and so on. Descendant charts may be either horizontal or vertical.

1. Horizontal Descendant Charts (Horizontal Family charts).

 

A horizontal chart proceeds in a left to right direction. The chart is joined by lines through the centre of a family, joined at the right end to the childrens' families.

Normally, one parent is located above the centre line, and the second parent is located below the centre line (refer to diagram below). The fields of the chart (eg name, dates, etc) that are visible can be altered. The order of the field may also be altered (see "Altering the type and order of fields in a chart").

 

An example of a horizontal Descendant Chart (Family Chart)

 

 

By default, a new chart is symmetrically spaced with the first person/family at the left, and children above/below. The spacing can be manually altered by clicking on a line and dragging the line from left to right or from top to bottom. When dragging occurs a transparent image of the section of the chart being dragged becomes visible, as depicted in the following figure.

 

An example of a dragging a section of the chart.

 

 

 

 

2. Vertical Descendant Charts (Vertical Family charts).

Vertical charts are created symmetrically spaced with the first person or family at the top of the chart, and children symmetrically to the left to right underneath. Similar to the horizontal chart, the spacing can be manually altered by clicking on a line and dragging the linieage from left to right or from top to bottom.

 

An example of a vertical Descendant Chart (Family Chart)