Pedigree Chart : This starts with you and spans out to your parents, their parents and so on, showing five generations.

Family Group Sheet: This is one family unit. It starts with a father and his parents and the mother and her parents and then lists the children.  If you are not LDS or do not wish to add the LDS information, just ignore it. The rest of the form is quite concise, with two pages when there are many children to list.

You will need to use a Research Log. I have not used one, in the last 30 years and I repeat a lot of research because I don’t have it documented.

These are the basic forms that get you started asking other family members questions.

Sometimes people can’t remember dates, but you can ask “well, what grade in school were you in?” and sometimes that helps jog some memories.

I choose to use Family Search.org’s Personal Ancestral File for computer software. It’s free and can be downloaded here.

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