Rockefeller Family—From Where It All Started

Have you ever heard about Rockefeller? If not, a Rockefeller family tree would describe all the family members and their achievements will be studied further.

Rockefeller family tree

Let's discuss a few of the important members of the family.

John D. Rockefeller and Laura Celestia Spelman

Rockefeller married a teacher and his classmate, Laura Celestia Spelman, in 1864. They had five children--four daughters and one son, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Who continued his father's legacy. She was an art lover and did a lot of work to promote art through her work.

After growth in his business, Rockefeller made an aggressive move in 1870, when he took over all the oil refineries in the country with his brother and other partners. In 1882, he formed a Standard Oil Trust with the help of affiliates. He retained the leadership seat till 1911 but focused more on philanthropy after that.

John D. Rockefeller Jr.  and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

With the help of his son John D. Rockefeller Jr., he established the University of Chicago in 1890. He also managed to establish philanthropic institutions like the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1901), Rockefeller University New York (1902), and the Rockefeller Foundation (1913).

Rockefeller Jr. Married Abby Rockefeller, who was the daughter of Nelson Aldrich. She had a great interest in philanthropy, but one of her best works was the foundation of the Museum of Modern Art. She founded the museum in 1929. This was the first museum established in the country that focused on Modernism. This museum remained one of the best museums till the 21st century.

Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Rockefeller had six children-- one daughter and five sons. The oldest daughter, Abby Rockefeller Muaze, focused on the green belt across the country and founded many parks and recreation centers.

Rockefeller III

The younger to Abby was Rockefeller III, who was interested in rebuilding Japan and Asia after World War II. He was the key member interested in establishing the Lincoln Center for Performing Art.

Nelson Rockefeller

Nelson Rockefeller was more focused on politics and became the leader of the Republican Party. However, he could find his spot in the presidential office in three bids. However, he served as a governor of New York for 14 years. He also founded art museums all over the United States.

Laurence Rockefeller

Laurence Rockefeller was more interested in tech, and he was one of those who invested in Apple and Intel. He also founded many parks and entertainment places all over the United States.

Winthrop Rockefeller

The fourth brother, Winthrop Rockefeller, was born in 1912 and was interested in cattle operations. He was settled in Arkansas and served as a governor there for 14 years.

David Rockefeller

The youngest one, David Rockefeller, became a banker and was successful in making Chase Bank of New York one of the largest financial banks in the country.

In this article
  1. How do you draw a family tree in EdrawMax?
  2. What Is Wondershare EdrawMax?
  3. Conclusion

Part 1. How do you draw a family tree in EdrawMax?

There are two methods to draw family trees. Let's discuss both methods now.

Method 1: Starting from Scratch

Here are a few steps to draw Family trees in EdrawMax.

Step 1: Open Edrawmax and Click New>Family Tree.

Open EdrawMax

Step 2: Drag symbols and image containers to the canvas. There are a lot of image containers that have different styles. Pick one for yourself according to your needs.

use image containers

Step 3: Label each container and write the names of each family member.

label the image containers

Step 4: Connect all the image containers in the right way.

connect the images to show the relationship

Step 5: Add all the images for family members in their respective containers.

add images

Step 6: Add a background to your diagram.

add background

Your family tree is ready.

Method 2: Start With a Template

Family trees are made with the help of templates as well. You can quickly add names for the family members as a template already has all the image containers and components ready for you to make changes. Here is how you can start with a template.

Step 1: Open EdrawMax and click Templates. Enter “family tree" in the search bar.

open and click templates

Step 2: You will find numerous templates on your screen. Choose one of them.

find the best template

Step 3: Click Use Immediately.

use it to bring on canvas

Step 4: The template will open on the canvas to make changes.

start editing

A template offers a lot of ease to someone who doesn't have time to draw anything on his own. There are plenty of templates to choose from in the EdrawMax Template Community. You can pick according to your needs.

Part 2. What Is Wondershare EdrawMax?

Wondershare EdrawMax is free online tool for drawing over 210 types of diagrams. It has all the ingredients or components to draw any diagram you want.

Key Features

Templates: Working on EdrawMax allows you to have templates for every type of diagram you need. All you need to do is find a template that best fits your design and make the changes needed.

Symbols: This feature is unique as EdrawMax shows all the important symbols according to the type of the diagram. For example, if you need a family tree, it will show all the components, like image containers and blocks for names, to help you complete the design.

Platforms: It is available for all platforms like Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android, and iOS.

Export Formats: There are different formats to save your edited files on your computer. You can export files in PDF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, HTML, Visio, PS, and Word formats according to your needs.

AI Tools: Edraw AI is a special tool that reads all the user's instructions and draws a design based on that information. All you need is to give it a push start, and it will follow instructions afterward.


The Rockefeller family tree, where all the important family members and their achievements were enlisted, was discussed in this article. The family trees are quite useful information to have. You can let your children know about your family through these diagrams.

Try EdrawMax and easily make your family tree, or choose a template if you find it difficult to draw it yourself.

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