Saturday, March 28, 2015

Basic Genealogy Forms

Family Group SheetPaper genealogy is still where I feel most comfortable when it comes to collecting and organizing information. It makes life simpler to pull out a binder of charts or vital records for an "at a glance" look at things.

Never underestimate the power of the basics. Most of us start out with these. I don't know if any genealogists ever really phase them out of their work, even with all that family history software can do for us!

Pedigree Chart 

This is the place where most family historians begin. Using yourself as a starting point, these charts allow you to go back a few generations, recording names and dates, and places of birth, marriage, and death. It doesn't go in depth. Instead, it gives an overview of yourself (or the ancestor listed on the first line), parents, grandparents, and so on.

Research Checklist


Family Group Sheets


Some people make extensive use of these to focus on a specific set of parents and their children. This isn't a form I use much, but it can be handy if I need to utilize lateral/sideways research techniques.

Correspondence Log 

This form can be handy for tracking emails and letters you write in your search for information.

Various other forms that are useful as you delve deeper into researching your family history include:


  • Research Worksheet
  • Research Calendar
  • Research Journal
  • Research Checklist



Most of these forms are available at Family Tree Magazine's website or via a Google search.

What forms do you find indispensable in organizing your research?

Basic Genealogy Forms



Copyright (c) 2015 Wendy L. Callahan

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Where does 2015 bring me?

I've been far busier than I would like. Far too busy to work on genealogy. However, things are cycling around and settling down. I've decided to step back from editing work and focus specifically on my writing and my research.

My goodness, I haven't even sat down to take a look at my goals for the year! As it is, 2015 may be an ebb-and-flow sort of year, and Type A me is okay with that. As much as I thrive on plotting out what I plan to do from year to year, month to month, even day to day, there are times I need to just let things happen.

So it's already the end of March and I am still at the point where I need to "just do it."

Fortunately, I spent time with a genealogy friend today and I think that's the kick in the pants I needed to get going. Sometimes, that's what you need - someone else's enthusiasm to refuel your own.


Copyright (c) 2014 Wendy L. Callahan