When tracing your family tree you want a convenient way to record your findings, don’t you? But what do you use for this record keeping and are there ones that you can use immediately.
There are plenty of blank genealogy forms and genealogy charts FREELY available to you on the Internet. In this guide I will show you where you can find these and also where to purchase high quality forms and charts.
Recording my family history!
I first want to tell you how I got into genealogy. It was because of my father reciting many family stories to me. The stories he told were just so full of life and colorful characters. My father also started to trace our ancestry.
After I had recorded these stories I decided to carry on the mantle and discover new branches and ancestors of our family tree.
While researching my father pedigree charts the old fashioned way, by pencil and paper. This was good to start with as you could see your family members in a clear and concise form.
However, as updates and corrections were inevitable these changes made the charts look messy. There therefore needed to be a way for us to record our family history in a convenient way.
And that is where pre-printed forms and charts come in.
The advantages of genealogy forms and charts!
Now then, before I begin to show you where you can download and purchase these forms and charts I first want to discuss to you the many advantages of using these types of documents.
So what are the advantages of recording your family tree and your ancestors details on forms and charts?
Well there are several:
- See more clearly information than on a text-only report.
- See relationships between members of your family easily.
- Helps you with your record keeping as you can clearly see who is missing from your family tree and any of their details.
- Makes your research quicker and can help you become more effective in your pursuit of your ancestors.
- Reduces any duplication of records and stops you from redoing any research that you may have performed already.
- Your ancestry becomes more interested to members of your family, including children, if presented in this way.
- They can outlive your digital records if you do not update them regularly.
- Used as gifts and presents for birthdays, Christmas and special days.
- Used for family gatherings and reunions when interviewing members of your family.
The benefit of genealogy software programs!
Genealogy software programs are another way that you can record your ancestors and add their details. The advantage of this method is that you can easily enter and edit their information.
Also, after you have put in their details you can then print out many different reports and charts that are included in the software program.
Blank Genealogy Forms
There are many different sources of information that you will find about your ancestors. And these can either be found online or offline, i.e. in the real world. When you do find records of your ancestors you will want to use a convenient form where you can record their details.
Different types of forms that you can expect:
- Census forms,
- Family group record forms,
- Immigration forms, (includes customs and passenger lists)
- Record worksheets, (includes deed indexes, military records, cemetery transcriptions, etc),
- Research trackers, (includes genealogy book wish list, research journal, note-taking forms, etc)
- Oral history and heirlooms checklists.
And where you can find these free genealogy forms:
Ancestry.com – From the Ancestry website you can download these forms: a research calendar; research extract; correspondence record; family group sheet; source summary; as well as an ancestral chart.
FamilySearch.org – These free genealogy site offers many Census forms for you to use. These downloadable forms are separated by the countries: Britain and Ireland, Canada and the US. There is also the family group record form which you can add details about the family.
National Archives and Record Administration – The US National Archives offers more Census forms than FamilySearch. Besides Census forms from 1790 to 1940 there are Slave Schedule forms, Nonpopulation forms (agricultural, industrial-manufacturers, and mortality). There are also Immigration and Military forms that you can download and use.
Bailey’s Free Genealogy Forms – Here you can download family record sheets, cemetery forms, research log sheets and correspondence log sheets.
Family Tree Magazine – There are so many forms that you can download here that will help you track and organize your research. There are forms for note-taking, tracking what you have searched for on online databases, repository checklists, research journals and so much more.
Genealogy Bank – Offers you a stunning quality template that you can download and enter your own family details.
Blank Genealogy Charts
Charts as I have already mentioned can illustrate to you relationships between you and your ancestors. Not only can you easily see these connections but you can see what pieces of information, or ancestor, is missing from your records.
Different types of charts that you can expect:
- Ancestor charts,
- Bow tie charts,
- Descendant charts,
- Extended family charts
- Fan charts,
- Generation charts, (includes charts for 3, 4, 5 generations and more)
- Hourglass charts,
- Pedigree charts
- Sandglass diagram, (combined ancestor and descendant charts)
And where can you find these free genealogy charts:
FamilySearch.org -Not only does Family Search offer many Census forms but you can also download Pedigree charts for you to fill in your ancestors and their details.
Bailey’s Free Genealogy Forms -Again the Bailey’s website provides different kinds of charts as well as family record sheets. Here you can download Pedigree charts, a general family relationship chart and timelines charting family history events.
Purchase High Quality Forms and Charts
Essential Family Tree Forms Library
How many forms and charts: 75 PDFs
Includes: Basic genealogy forms and family tree templates, person worksheets, surname worksheets, online research helps, checklists, US Census forms, Immigration research forms, and more.
Price: Was $19.99, Now $14.99 (save $5.00 – 25% saving)
Where to buy: Shop Family Tree
Essential Family Tree Forms Library Volume 2
How many forms and charts: 53 PDFs
Includes: Online research worksheets, vital-record worksheets, Census worksheets, Immigration worksheets, Organizing worksheets, Photo and Heirloom worksheets, and more.
Price: Was $24.99, Now $19.99 (save $5.00 – 20% saving)
Where to buy: Shop Family Tree
Family Tree Memory Keeper
How can it help: Helps to keep track of basic genealogy information and special memories, record traditions, heirloom histories, family records, newsworthy moments, family migrations and immigrations, old recipes, important dates, and more.
Price: $14.51 (US) – £13.48 (UK)
Where to buy in US: Amazon US
Where to buy in UK: Amazon UK
Also available for Amazon Prime customers!
My Final Thoughts
As I pointed out at the start of this post there are many benefits that you can gain from by using forms and charts for your genealogy research. For me the most important benefit for these resources is the fact that it can speed up your research time.
By simply putting in the information that you have found into a pre-printed form or chart you can save you both time and money compared to if you were to create these yourself.
Would you really want to hand draw these forms and charts every time you have additions or there are corrections to be made?
Also, genealogy software programs have made life so much easier for the family historian. Not only will these programs help you to create and build your family tree but you can print out the results of your findings both quickly and easily.
The RootsMagic 7 program offers the most reports and charts out of all the genealogy software programs that are available on the market today. However, the other genealogy software programs that I have reviewed are all excellent to use for the family historian.
So please check them out. They will make your life a whole lot easier.
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