Using an Ancestor Chart


Hello. Today we’re going to discuss how
to fill out an ancestor chart. Using an ancestor chart is an integral
part of recording family research. Also called pedigree chart, the ancestor
chart is a great tool for clearly showing a person’s ancestral lines. The chart is
also helpful in organizing your information– you can see at a glance where the gaps
are and where you need to focus your
research. Start with an individual and add that person’s direct ancestors. Fathers are recorded on the even-numbered lines and mothers are on the odd-numbered lines. Include names dates and places of the main life events. The most helpful
components are dates for birth, marriage, and death, as well as, the location of each life
event. There are standard formats for recording information. By following these standards, the data
can be interpreted correctly by people with whom you share your
research, both now and in the future. Record names in correct order– first, middle, and last with the surname being in all capital letters. For women, use the maiden name. There are also correct ways for writing dates (day/month/year) and locations (smallest geography to the largest).
Fill out the chart using a pencil until you have documented a particular
fact. Then you can write it in pen. Keep your charts organized by numbering
them. Don’t forget to include the sources you used for your ancestor chart data. The reverse page of our chart is designed
for this. Now that you have a chart, you should be able to tell at a glance
just where you need to conduct more research. Remember to focus on one question at a
time. And, don’t forget to enjoy your search
and share your findings with your family! Thank you.

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