Hello again, Global Family!
Last week's tip was the best one for any
family history novice-talk to your family and take lots of notes! This
week we're going to do something with all those notes. Right now things
can seem like a jumble but genealogists have some great charts they use
to try to keep things straight. You can either sketch these out or print
them off, but using a pedigree chart is great to visualize your tree,
which can help when you are ready to move on to sharing your work with
others. There are couple different styles:
This one is probably the most common used by researchers, a single
sided chart. You put yourself in that first box (or whoever your
beginning ancestor you're researching is) and then the top line is
always the father and the bottom is the mother. Once you reach the end
of the page, you take that last person and start a new chart with them
as the first person, then their parents, their parents' parents,and and
And a double sided chart. Same idea, but you put yourself in the very middle, and one parent on either side:
There are a lot of places to download these, but here are a couple to get your started:
Got aunts' and uncles' and cousins' information, too?
Hold onto it-we've got a chart for that! We'll wait to talk about it
until next week. This week's homework-put your parents, grandparents,
and great-grandparents into those charts we can work with them later!
Post by Abby Glann