Genealogical Research Forms
Free, downloadable forms online
Forms used to recording family information:
Family Group Record/Sheet : A standard form for recording the parents and children; one family group sheet per parental unit.
Pedigree Chart: A pedigree chart shows direct line ancestors... the parents, grandparents, great grandparents and so forth. The chart is numbered. #1 is always the person whose ancestors are being recorded. That person could be male or female. From then on: even numbers are males; odd numbers are females.
Forms used to extract data from a document
- Census extraction forms:
- Passenger List extraction forms:
- Cemetery extraction form: Bailey's Free Genealogy Forms offers a two part form that is very thorough: part 1 part 2
- pt1 allows one to map a cemetery and has room for cemetery contact information, as well as room for two gravestone entries"
- pt2 pages "have smaller maps (perhaps an inset from the first page) and room for six gravestone inscriptions."
- Probate record extraction forms
- Relationship charts aren't for recording of information, but they can be very helpful in figuring out how people are related to each other.
General Research Extract Form: (Click on the first line to download the form) -- a good way to remind you of details you want to record for each source you check.
Forms Used to Track Research Efforts
- Research Log
-- considered one of the most essential of the genealogy forms.
- FamilySearch Wiki:
- See also this FamilySearch 2 part video on using research logs: part 1 and part 2
- (you may have to register, but you will want to do this as there are numerous helpful video's on this site. And no bad consequences)
- Notice you can also download handouts from these videos
- Correspondence log: a holdover from when genealogists used to write letters to each other, it still can be useful in tracking mailed requests and even online correspondence.
- Source Summary forms can be used in conjuction with family group sheets or pedigree charts to keep track of where you find your information. Number each source, then put that number by each relevant fact on the form.
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This page last updated
April 12, 2014