Did you know that you can get a nice text pedigree tree at Ancestry.com to send to your relatives? Recently a new cousin, who had tested her DNA elsewhere, sent me a screenshot of her tree at Ancestry. That really wasn’t very useful because it showed just names and years, no places or exact dates.
For many, exporting a GEDCOM and sending that is best, but if you do not have the software to privatize or export just a section of your GEDCOM, try sending a text pedigree. Your closer DNA relatives might prefer that anyway as it is easy to scan for common surnames.
Here is how to do this.
First go to your tree at Ancestry.com on your computer, not your tablet or phone.
Find the person whose ancestors you wish to share with your new cousin. Click on the name or photo in the tree and a box will appear with more about them that includes several buttons along the bottom.
Click the button with the tools icon. That gets a little menu which includes the item “View her family tree.” Click that. The example above shows the box and the menu. Note that you will not get this menu item if you are already viewing the tree from the person of interest, in that case just continue with the next step.
Next click the print icon at the bottom of that icon strip. Now you will be on a page with a nice simple looking text pedigree that has all the information a relative would want, as in the example below.
You can of course take a screen shot but the idea was to get it as text. If you click control A to copy that information and then paste (control V) it into your word processor, all the formatting will go away and you get a list like the one below, at least it starts with the person, then her parents, then their grandparents.
Maren Jorgensen Wold B:04 Sep 1853 Skoger, Buskerud, Norway M:03 Jul 1879 Brooklyn, Kings, New York D:27 Apr 1924 West Hempstead, NY, USA
Jørgen Oleson Wold B:29 Sep 1816 Skoger, Buskerud, Norway M:28 Aug 1842 Skoger, Buskerud, Norway D:Abt. 1892 Vestfold, Norway
Anna Knutsdatter Åmot B:01 Nov 1819 Åmotsdal, Telemark, Norway M:28 Aug 1842 Skoger, Buskerud, Norway D:
Knut Pedersen Åmot B:18 Dec 1786 Buskerud, Norway M:1819 Seljord, Telemark, Norway D:06 Apr 1851 Buskerud, Norway
Peder Halversen Kleivan B:20 Feb 1745 Buskerud, Norway M:10 Oct 1776 Buskerud, Norway D:20 Apr 1806 Rollag i Buskerud
Jøran Knutsdatter Bekkjorden B:17 Mar 1749 Buskerud, Norway M:10 Oct 1776 Buskerud, Norway D:1847
Jøran Eivindsdatter Åmot B:Abt. 1787 Telemark, Norway M:1819 Seljord, Telemark, Norway D:
You could add ahnentafel numbers or just use tabs to format this.
However the best approach is probably to print it to a PDF file which preserves all the original formatting. This is easily available in Windows 10. Personally my chrome browser is set up to do that so all I have to do is click that big orange print button on the Ancestry screen above. Click here for a good article on how to print from your browser to a PDF file.