Your Guide to Blank Genealogy Forms and Genealogy Charts

By | April 20, 2017

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.

Blank Genealogy Forms

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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

Essential Family Tree Forms

Product: Download

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.

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Where to buy: Shop Family Tree

 

Essential Family Tree Forms Library Volume 2

Essential Family Tree Forms Volume 2

Product: Download

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

Family Tree Memory KeeperProduct:   Paperback

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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14 thoughts on “Your Guide to Blank Genealogy Forms and Genealogy Charts

  1. Pat

    Great information and I love all the free resources! I wanted to try Ancestry but it seems expensive. Do you think Ancestry.com is worth the monthly fee?

    Reply
    1. Owain Post author

      Ancestry does have a lot of records for you to browse through. Also, it has the most members for any genealogy search website. And their latest too, AncestryDNA can help you immensely.

      If you are just starting out then I would suggest free methods. My Tips For A Free Family History Search post will be of use to you. Once you have exhausted the options in that post I would suggest for you then try out Ancestry.

      Reply
  2. David Koh

    Hi Owain,

    A very nice and informative post.I enjoyed it.

    It is something really new to me.I could remembered how i recorded my family tree during the childhood days.By drawing and pasting pictures of family members on a drawing paper.Quite messy.

    It is a good idea to keep a proper record of the family history using charts and forms.Very effective for big family hierarchy.

    Warm regards,
    David Koh

    Reply
    1. Owain Post author

      Hi David,

      If it is for fun then you can draw out your tree on a piece of paper. Children can get interested in family history by this method. Incidentally I am planning to write a post about encouraging kids to do family history.

      However, for the serious family historian pre-printed forms and charts are the way to go.

      Reply
  3. NabothM

    For a long time I have been wondering on how I can do my geneology but I have always hit upon a rock, or rather a brick wall.

    When I saw your post it sparked my enthusiasim, but do these geneology softwere programs really work?

    What if the only info you know about your ancestors only date back as far as your grandfather?

    Reply
    1. Owain Post author

      Hi Naboth,

      I am glad that I have encouraged to trace your genealogy. It doesn’t matter if you only can go as far back as your grandfather as these programs can connect to genealogy search websites where you can get hints. By using these hints you can effectively go further back.

      I wish you all the best in tracing your ancestry.

      Reply
  4. Beatrice

    Thanks for this interesting topic. I am not very familiar with this, but I’m glad I read your post. Growing up I’ve always asked several questions about my great grand parents and their parents as well.

    What there names were, what years they were born…and my grand ma would sit with me and my siblings and explain ‘only what she could remember to us. Sometimes she would draw pictures to explain further.

    Another point that really struck me which I really like about your post is the fact that after recording your family tree information on forms they can be GIFTED. I love that. This is great! Proper documentation of the family tree can be passed from generation to generation. Thanks again.

    Reply
    1. Owain Post author

      Hi Beatrice,

      I am always pleased to hear people say that their parents/grandparents have told them stories about their ancestors. And also that they have asked questions too.

      Our relatives have mountains of information that can help us trace our ancestors. And also that information is free. They can help us save both time and energy. And they inspire us to take that family history journey.

      We can certainly make a gift out of what we find. I am planning to cover this in a new additional section to the site that is coming soon. So stay tuned for that.

      Reply
  5. TD Bauer

    Some good information here. I actually have a some solid information about my ancestry that goes back centuries. As of right now all my notes and family letters and other forms of documentation is loosely kept in various books and binders. I need to organize it and put it into a document that is easy to read and research.

    I am most certainly going to check out the Essential Family Tree Forms Vol 1 and 2.

    I am a descendant of George Calvert, Lord Baltimore. One time Ambassador to France, one time member of the Privy Counsel, Secretary of State – all under King James I in the early 1600s. Of course he is also known for Avalon colonies and his son for the Maryland colony.

    Anyway, it is interesting to know where you come from, and making sure you can pass that information down to the next generation.

    Reply
    1. Owain Post author

      You certainly do have some interesting ancestry. I got interested in my family history because of the stories that my father told me. Because of this I have recorded these in a book. It would be a great idea if you did the same too.

      These forms are a great way for you to organize your family history. It would also be a great idea to use a genealogy software program. Who knows you may find new branches and family members by connecting genealogy search websites, such as Ancestry for example.

      Reply
      1. TD Bauer

        I did use the Ancestry a few times last year doing some research on my mother’s side of the family. I was trying to prove that I had some ancestors that fought in the American Revolutionary War. I did manage to make several connections. My intent was to be able to join “The Sons of the Revolution”. In order to join you have to have to be able to show you have a direct ancestor that fought in the war.

        The Sons of the Revolution is an interesting fraternal organisation… My membership application is waiting for approval.

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  6. Ami

    Hi, Owain. I find your genealogy information very resourceful. Until recently I never actually put much thought into my family tree. Well, was wondering where does one even begin? At least I now have a starting point. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

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