Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.
At the most basic level, a genealogy chart is a visual representation of a person's lineage. On the other hand, "genealogy chart" is a very generic term for a wide range of possibilities. Genealogy charts come in many varieties, from functional research tools to elaborate displays.
One of the most common research tools is the pedigree chart, typically reflecting up to four generations on a single page, sized to fit a notebook or other binder. Some pedigree charts, however, are larger and extend back many generations. Another type of genealogy chart is the illustrated family tree, often incorporating family photos to create an attractive display. Many other variations in size and design can be found, all with the common purpose of creating a visual presentation of one's lineage.