How To: Print Your Tree

Posted April 15, 2011 by Geni | 8 Comments

Printing your tree with Geni is very easy. We have two methods of going about it: Order a professional print job or print it yourself on your home printer. Let’s start with how to order a print.

In the tree view, you’ll see a series of buttons in the lower right-hand corner. Click on the printer icon.

You’ll be brought to this screen. Click the green “Start a Tree Poster” button to begin.

Now you’ll be able to design your very own custom tree poster. We start off using the “Setup” tab. Highlighted in the red box is the focus controls. This allows you to change who you want the poster to be centered around. The blue box highlights the border selection. Here you can change what the border are your pictures look like. The orange box highlights the navigation. You can drag the display around to look at your whole tree poster in detail.

Now we switch over to the “Customize” tab. Here are a series of drop down menus that allow you granular control of how your tree poster looks. When you’re done making selections, click the “Checkout” button to purchase the poster.

Now let’s go back to the original print menu. At the bottom, you’ll see a link that says “Print at home.” Click that to setup your print-out settings.

In this display, you’ll be able to choose how many pages you would like the tree to use. You can also toggle a legend, photo display, color, and page number display. When you’re finished, click the “Print” button. You’ll then be able to tape your pages together to make one large family tree poster.


  • koi

    I tried to print in my own language (Thai) but it came our blank. I’m not sure what I did wrong. Please help!!

  • Niclas Carlenius

    How much is displayed if I print my own tree? Would be it be possible to give an option to print second and third cousins etc or not? I would like to be able to see a pre-view before I decide to print >50 pages.

  • Andrea Mosconi

    Grant, the print at home does not allow to chose the paper size *before* configuring the printing (it always assume you are printing on A4 sized paper). This cause obvious problems if you want to print on a plotter, for example, or just on A3 paper… 

    Additionally, printing the document does come out as blank (same as koi). If you add the photos, those are printed fine, but nothing else is printed. 

    Have you verified it works as expected?

  • deb

    is there any way to print a family tree on a section of the family including sideways cousins?

  • Yael

    I try to print in hebrew and all text comes out wrong (from left to right)…
    is there any way to make it right?

    • geniblog

      In your Tree view, you can update your Tree Preferences. You may access this under Preferences at the bottom of the page and select ‘Names.’ Check ‘Reverse RTL Names’ for the print. Note that you must change this back once you are done printing to return the Tree to normal.