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This is a sample of a pedigree chart.
Most people begin their family history research with a pedigree chart. This chart begins with you and branches back in time, displaying the line of your direct ancestors. Most pedigree charts cover four generations, including space to include names plus dates and places of birth, marriage and death for each individual.
The standard pedigree chart always begins with you, or the individual whose ancestry you are tracing, on the first line - number 1 on the chart. Information on your father (or ancestor #1's father) is entered as number 2 on the chart, while your mother is number 3. The male line follows the upper track, while the female line follows the bottom track. As in an ahnentafel chart, men are assigned even numbers, and the numbers for women are odd.
After you've traced your family tree back more than 4 generations, you will need to create additional pedigree charts for each of the individuals included in the fourth generation on your first chart. Each individual will become ancestor #1 on a new chart, with a reference to their number on the original chart so you can easily follow the family through the generations. Each new chart you create will also be given its own individual number (chart #2, chart #3, etc.).
This is a sample of a family group sheet.
Family Group Sheet is used to focus on the family unit. The family group sheet includes space for a couple and their children, along with fields to record birth, death, marriage and burial places for each. Many family group sheets also include a line to record the name of each child's spouse, as well as a section for comments or sources.
Family Group sheets are an important genealogy tool because they allow room to include information on the children of your ancestors, along with their spouses. These collateral lines often prove important when tracing your family tree, providing another source of information on your ancestors. When you have difficulty locating a birth record for your own ancestor, for example, you may be able to learn the names of his parents through the birth record of his brother.
This is an example of a family headstone.
This is a great visual and a simple way to start gathering your family's history.
Also helps those family members or researches across town, or across the country.
The names and dates correlate to the pedigree chart and family group sheets.
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