Charting Companion

Charting Companion

Create fantastic family tree charts using this dedicated chart-making software!

Designed to work with the information stored in your Family Tree Maker® software, Charting Companion lets you can create a wide variety of customisable genealogy charts of any size and colour to complement your research!

The program is easy-to-use and offers an extensive range of formatting and colour options to create charts and reports that are scaleable to any size!


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  • Generate a wide range of reports and charts in minutes!
  • Use extensive search and display capabilities including on-screen chart navigation
  • Customise page size, text spacing, line width, font styles etc.
  • Access 16 million colours, gradients and bevelled edges to create unique and impressive designs
  • Create professional-looking book reports – create footnotes for citations and an index table at the back
  • Exceptional print control – print to any size printer, save walls charts for large format printing or tile them yourself with crop and alignment marks!
  • Publish high-quality PDF files and Share Stories – creates small, sharp PDF files that can be e-mailed to family and friends
New Features

The Fractal Tree

The Fractal Tree is an entirely new way to display your Ancestors. The Fractal Tree is more compact than other charts. A fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. A fractal is a self-similar geometric shape; each part of the shape is the same as the whole.

How the Fractal Tree works: Start with a subject, René A. Clouthier, and a 2-generation Fractal Tree. Two boxes sprout horizontally. His father (Raoul) is in a box to the left, his mother (Jeanne) is in a box to the right.

A 2-generation Fractal Tree

Add a third generation, including the grand-parents. The new boxes now sprout vertically. On the paternal side, Raoul’s parents (Calixte & Honorine) are displayed. On the maternal side, Jeanne’s parents (Thomas & Amanda) are displayed.

A 3-generation Fractal Tree

Add a fourth generation, including the great-grand-parents. The new boxes now revert to sprouting horizontally.


A 4-generation Fractal Tree

Five generations takes us to 31 people.


A 5-generation Fractal Tree

You can go as far as you want. Here is a 9-generation Fractal Tree.


A 9-generation Fractal Tree (click to to enlarge)

By tiling the pages, you can assemble a chart of unlimited size from standard paper or A4. You can create a PDF of a single large page (36″ x 72″) and take it to a print shop for printing on a large printer.
Dazzle your friends & relatives today with the Fractal Tree!

The Dandelion Chart

The Dandelion Chart is an entirely new way to display your Ancestors. The Dandelion Chart spreads out in all directions, and includes the ancestors of the spouses, which allows you to include everyone in the family.

How the Dandelion Chart works: from the Subject, John F Kennedy, extend lines to parents and children.

In a Dandelion Chart, the nodes (people) are scattered to minimize cross-over of lines. The Dandelion can show Ancestors as well as Descendants. The advantage of the Dandelion is that it can show the parents and siblings of spouses, who are not in the bloodline.

Each black circle corresponds to a family. The red lines link the parents to the family, the black lines link children. In the example below, John F. Kennedy is a child in the family where Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald are parents. JFK is a parent in the family that links to Jacqueline Bouvier (the other parent) and their children Caroline, John F. Jr. and Patrick.

KennedyDandelionA Dandelion Chart

You can move the boxes around by clicking on them with the mouse, and dragging them

All the regular options are available: colour by generation, lineage, gender, X-chromosome, bevel, gradient; font; event types, date format, etc.

Animated Dandelion Chart
Animated Dandelion Chart


What makes Charting Companion’s Charts and Reports so Unique?

NEW Descendant Fan Chart
New! One-of-a-kind Descendant Fan chart available only with Charting Companion. This is an eye-catching way of showing your whole family – with several generations, on a single page. Fan charts can be produced in 90°, 180° and 360° variations, and make stunning wall charts.

Descendant Left to Right Family Tree Chart
Charting Companion lets you create left-to-right Descendant charts that take up half the number of pages than top down reports. This also means you can create a tiled wall chart faster. Charting Companion can display up to 160 generations of family records on any chart. The top-down format for this family tree chart is also available.

Genealogy Charts with Photos
Most family tree style charts generated can include photos. But Charting Companion is smarter than any genealogy database when it comes to using photos in charts. Charting Companion allows you to customise the size of each photo you wish to display – as small or large as you choose. And if there is no photo in your database, it doesn’t clutter your chart with an unsightly placeholder; it simply omits the photo. This allows you to save space and create more professional-looking presentations.

Ancestor with Siblings Charts
Charting Companion also supports charts with three colour styles by gender, generation or lineage.

Other Stunning Fan Charts
Charting Companion creates impressive fan charts that add pizzazz to your genealogy books and presentations. Fan charts can be produced in 90°, 180° and 360° variations. With access to the full range of RGB colours (16,000,000) – including gradients and bevelled edges, you can create spectacular family books or wall-sized charts!

New Embroidery Charts
Charting Companion’s new Embroidery Charts are as practical as they are fun. Now you can wear your family tree and attract the attention of possible relatives you’ve never met. You can embroider two types of charts: Ancestor Fan, and Descendant Fan Charts. Format them in quarter, half, or full-circle – your choice! The program can render up to 5 generations from your genealogy database on any one Embroidery Chart and still preserve the legibility of lettering. This is one more way that Charting Companion’s powerful family tree charting capabilities can bring your family history to life and unique to this software.

New Trellis Chart
The Trellis chart is a new way to tell the story of your family. Unlike traditional box charts, the Trellis can show all the people in your tree, even those who are not in the direct bloodline. Your ancestors and descendants are listed by row within their generation. Members of a family are grouped by columns.

Complete List of Charting Companion’s Family Tree Charts and Reports

  • Descendant Fan Chart
  • Ancestors Chart
  • Ancestors with Photos
  • Descendant Left to Right
  • Descendant Top-down Chart
  • Ancestor with Siblings
  • HourBorders1glass Chart
  • Pedigree Chart
  • Bowtie Chart
  • NEW Embroidery Charts
  • New Trellis Chart

Compatible with Family Tree Maker 2014

Ornamental Borders to embellish your charts!


System Requirements
Version 6
Platform Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows 7, Windows 8

Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
Windows compatible printer
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® (required for preview and publish to PDF)

Charting Companion is compatible with Family Tree Maker® 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Using Charting Companion with Family Tree Maker®:

  • 546 MB free disk space
  • Note: Users must have Family Tree Maker 2010 or later installed on their computer
  • Charting Companion reads FTM files directly.

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