To start things off, I thought I would share information about the various forms and resources I use. In general, I keep my family tree in a software program. The program I am currently using is Family Tree Maker, which is owned by Ancestry. I have used two versions of this program: Family Tree Maker 2012 and Family Tree Maker for Mac 3.
|Screen shot of my Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 showing my great-grandmother and her family|
In addition to my digital family tree, I also keep several notebooks with family tree information. These notebooks are filled with various forms I use to keep track of my research. While there are several forms I use, there are three that I definitely use the most.
First, I use the Five-Generation Ancestor Chart from Family Tree Magazine.
|Five-Generation Ancestor Chart from Family Tree Magazine|
I like the chart from Family Tree Magazine because it has five generations and the layout is very clean. Ancestry offers a similar form, but it only has four generations and therefore requires many more pages.
The second form I use is from Ancestry. It is their Family Group Record.
|Family Group Record from Ancestry|
What I love most about this form is that it has space for up to 12 children and their spouses. It doesn't help much if a family had more than 12 children, but it is good to see the spouses at a glance, especially when you have siblings marrying other siblings.
The third sheet I use I actually print on the back of my Family Group Records. It is also from Ancestry. It is the Source Summary form.
|Source Summary from Ancestry|
As I said before, there are a lot more forms I use for my research, and I will highlight a few more over in a future post, but these three are my favorites by far. And, as for how I find the information for these forms, I use a few different sites and resources most frequently. These are a few of my favorites:
- Newspapers (on Chronicling America or Newspapers.com or on microfilm at the library)
- tombstones at other random family cemeteries (whether on Find-A-Grave or not)