Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Charting your family history

Family history researchers soon learn the need to be organised when researching and documenting their family history. Compiling a family tree of direct ancestors is often the first goal for people and is something which can be eagerly shared with family members young and older alike.

A simple way to get started is to note names on index cards or on a white board or piece of paper and link people with lines or string.

Ancestry Library Edition
provides a link to a variety of blank charts in pdf format which can be easily downloaded, printed, filled out and shared with others. These include the Ancestral Chart and the Family group sheet.

A list of links to a range of options for free charts can be found at Genealogy.About

Blank charts can also usually be found in some beginners books about how to undertake family history research.

The Family Tree Factory website uses the names in your database to produce a family tree.

A fun way to present your chart is via a powerpoint presentation. Have a look at
"How to create a Powerpoint Family Tree"

Cyndislist has a comprehensive set of links in the Supplies, Charts, Forms etc category.

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