Saturday, March 28, 2015

Basic Genealogy Forms

Paper 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!

The Pedigree Chart is the place 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.

Some people make extensive use of Family Group Sheets 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.

A Correspondence Log 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 the Research Worksheet, Research Calendar, Research Journal, and 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?


Copyright (c) 2015 Wendy L. Callahan

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