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A few weeks ago, I posted a few links to family group sheets and pedigree charts, on the LDS website Family Search.org.

I prefer these forms.  Even if you don’t need to use the LDS portions, they are need and tidy forms for a lot of information to be put on them.

As I prepared my class, that I ended up not being able to attend, I found another source for non LDS form from the Mid-Continent Public Library.

The Midwest Genealogy Center has forms, to print, covering:

  • Individual Worksheet, so you can write down all that you know
  • Research Log, to keep track and reduce duplication in the future, of what you’ve already searched
  • Research Checklist, to help map out research for an individual
  • Blank Census Record Charts

Although I will stay with the standard neat and tidy Family Group Sheets and Pedigree charts, and always use the Personal Ancestral File Free Digital Software, I’m excited to find the above forms and will offer them in future classes that I will be teaching.

Are there any other forms you find useful, to share with us? Please do tell..

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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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