Hello Cousins! We've got another tip for you this week.
putting all your grandparents in order last week, you may be left with
information on all their children; not just your parents. What are you
supposed to do with that? Is it really useful to you? Of course it is!
You'll soon learn as a family researcher that those lateral connections
can offer great clues when you are having troubles figuring out who is
who. You want to keep all that information as much as you want to keep
your grandparents' information. One great way to keep track of it is
using family group sheets. Pedigree charts from last week do an
excellent job of helping us see our direct line, but for each set of
those parents, there is a family attached. I like to write the page
numbers of the family group sheet to corresponds to someone after their
name on the pedigree chart so I can find them quickly.
A family group sheet simply helps you keep the
information you have on a family all in one place. You start with the
parents at the top, usually, then fill in what you've found for all
their kids, like birth dates, places and spouses. These, like pedigree
charts, are easy to come by via free download on the internet. It may
seem unnecessary to keep all this on paper with all the great online
places to keep a family tree, but even in a digital age, paper copies of
things are so beneficial. Showing what you've found to family is
easier; if you are without internet but want to check on something, you
have access; and if aliens attack and the world falls to pieces, you
know who your Great Uncle Zadok was named after.
Post by Abby Glann