Fan charts are a nice way to display direct ancestors for your family. They are easy to understand and most people love them. Some of our genealogy programs can create fan charts directly. If you are lucky enough to have one of those programs, make sure you can print the chart! We have two printers at our house and neither of them can print larger than 8.5 x 11 paper!
There is a web site called TREESEEK.COM that can create various types of charts for free. If you have a family tree at FamilySearch.org, Treeseek can connect to your FamilySearch tree and produce many types of charts: fan charts, name clouds, pedigree charts, photo charts.
The charts can be downloaded as PDF files and then print yourself or take to a print shop for enlargement. You can even email these PDF files to your distant family.
Even if you don’t have a tree at FamilySearch, you can upload a GEDCOM to Treeseek and get fan charts or pedigree charts. All for free.
I uploaded my direct ancestor Gedcom file to this web site and created reports which I downloaded to a PDF file for FREE! I took the PDF files to the local FedEx printing office (used to be Kinko’s) where we printed the large black and white fan chart (36 x 24) for $4.50 plus tax. Excellent deal.