Family History Charts to enhance and document your research

Family History Charts can help you enhance and document your genealogical research, and are great genealogy stationery. They are a great tool whether you have already done some research or if you are just starting out and do not know what genealogy software, if any, you want to use.  

You can use these family tree forms to organise the information you will collect in the course of researching your family tree.

You should include the source of the information so you know where you obtained it for future reference.  This makes it easier to find a record again should you need to.

I have designed free family tree charts to assist you in this regard, which I hope you will find helpful. They can all be printed and will make it easy for you to transfer the details to software or other research tools at a later date. They are all available in PDF format, so you will need to download and install Adobe Reader if you have not already done so.  

Research Log

One form I wish I had in my collection when I first started researching my family history was a research log, which can be used to enter details of the town or village you included in your research, the source(s) you consulted, your ancestor's name, the location of the source, the years you researched, and what information you uncovered. It is very important to note the sources you consult because you use them to verify your family history, and prove the validity of your research.

By filling in the research log, it also means you can immediately confirm the research you have already done, and avoid unnecessarily repeating research already undertaken.  Also, you will have a record of where you discovered the information, which is crucial.

Family Tree Worksheet

I have designed a Family Tree Worksheet which you can use to enter details about your ancestors once you find them.  This will tell you what information you have discovered about the lives of your ancestors, and what remains to be established.

Family History Charts - GRO Index Templates

These free family tree forms allow you to copy details from the microfiche or online versions of the GRO Index.  These charts are especially helpful should you access it in a record office or library.  If you are consulting the index online, using this chart also saves printing out each page from your internet source, saving you paper and ink.

GRO Index Birth Registrations GRO Index Marriage Registrations GRO Index Death Registrations
Birth Registrations Marriage Registrations Death Registrations

Census Templates

These free family history charts can be used to copy details from the microfiche or online versions of the Census.  I have designed charts for use with the 1841-1911 Census Returns.  The charts are especially useful when you are looking at online versions of the census because they save you from printing out each census return, and believe me, they use a LOT of ink!!

1841 Return Template 1851 Census Template 1861 Return Template
1841 Census 1851 Census 1861 Census

1871 Return Template 1881 Census Template 1891 Return Template
1871 Census 1881 Census 1891 Census

1901 Census Template 1911 Census Template
1901 Census 1911 Census

Baptisms, Marriages and Burials Templates

These free charts can be used to copy the details from either the microfiche or online versions of parish registers. In this connection, unfortunately not all parish registers are available on-line, so you may have to visit a record office to consult them. 

These charts will make it easier to transfer information afterwards whichever way you have chosen to document your genealogical research.

Baptisms before 1813 Baptisms after 1813
Baptisms pre 1813 Baptisms after 1813

Marriages before 1754 Marriages 1754-1837 Marriages after 1837
Marriages pre 1754 Marriages 1754-1837 Marriages after 1837

Burials before 1813 Burials after 1813
Burials pre 1813 Burials after 1813

Family Group Sheets

These genealogical forms allow you to enter the primary genealogical information about your ancestor such as birth, marriage and death dates, their spouse and any children. This makes it much easier to transfer the information to your tree.

Once you have done some research on your family tree, you will want to choose the best way of displaying that information using family tree templates family history software.

Family History Charts - Pedigree Charts

Pedigree Charts are usually written across the page, starting with yourself and then moving on to include parents, grandparents, great-grandparents etc.  Pedigree charts allow you to discover where your research is incomplete; for example, if you are yet to find out an ancestor's name and have a blank field, it will become obvious as you fill in the chart, giving you an avenue to explore in the future.

The beauty of Pedigree Charts is that you can always continue on to another chart as you progress with your family history research.   One tip is to number the page so you know exactly where to find the appropriate chart in your files!! 

On to the charts, starting with a four-generation pedigree chart, which allows you to enter genealogical information back to your great-grandparents.

I have designed two different pedigree forms, one to enter only your ancestors' names, and one to enter more detail, such as date of birth, place of birth, marriage date, date and place of death.  I have also designed them so that you can decide if you want your chart to go right to left or left to right.  The choice is yours.

4 Generation Pedigree Chart

These family history charts have been designed so that you can just enter your ancestor's names rather than fill in their full details.  Many people know their ancestor's names, but have no further information.  It is especially useful if you are visiting an elderly relative.  Clicking on the chart will lead you to a printable version.

4 Generation Pedigree Chart

This pedigree form is designed for people who already possess information about their ancestors, such as their birthplace, marriage date etc.  The beauty of this chart is that information can always be added as it is discovered.  There is room to enter details of your ancestors back to your great-grandparents. 

4 Generation Pedigree Chart

This blank genealogy form goes from right to left rather than left to right.

4 Generation Pedigree Chart

This chart goes from right to left.

A five-generation pedigree chart is also accessible, which allows you to enter genealogical information back to your great-great grandparents (2x Great Grandparents).

5 Generation Pedigree Chart

This chart runs from left to right - you are able to fill in these boxes as your research progresses.

5 Generation Pedigree Chart

This again contains more detail than the other version for people who already know something about their ancestry.

5 Generation Pedigree Chart

This chart goes from left to right instead of right to left.

5 Generation Pedigree Chart

Left to right

Ahnentafel Chart

4 Generation Ahnentafel Chart

An ahnentafel is a genealogy numbering system that comes from a German word meaning 'ancestor table'.  An ahnentafel chart only includes direct ancestors, so the siblings of your direct ancestors are not included.  An ahtentafel chart is another great way of sharing your family tree because it only shows the direct line. 

As you can see from the example above, an ahnentafel chart is very similar to a pedigree chart in its design and layout, but contains numbers allocated to each ancestor.  As you can see, the number allocated to the father of the child is always double that of his son or daughter, ie. you would be number 1, your father 2, your grandfathers 4 and 6, and your great-grandfathers 8, 10, 12 and 14.  

The rule is much the same for your female ancestors, but they are double the number of their child plus 1, ie. you would be number 1, your mother 3, your grandmothers 5 and 7, and your great grandmothers 9, 11, 13 and 15.  All of your male ancestors have even numbers and your female ancestors have odd numbers.

Bow-Tie Family Trees - other family history charts

Some people, when conducting their family history research, like to place their father's and mother's ancestors on either side of a pedigree chart to reduce its height and to distinguish between their father's and mother's ancestry more easily. 

I have designed some bow-tie family trees to help you in this regard.  The size of the chart is A3, and I have included an example from my own research.  As you can see from the example, I am yet to discover some information pertaining to my ancestors, which utilising the bow-tie family tree has made clear.  It has also highlighted the fact that my great-grandparents (William Baker and Elizabeth Hill) never married.

Bow-Tie Family Tree

I have also designed a chart that simply states my ancestors' names:

Bow-Tie Family Tree

You can easily fill in your ancestor's details on these blank charts:

Bow-Tie Family Tree
Bow-Tie Family Tree

It is advisable to print out a collection of these forms before you visit a record office because these types of forms are rarely, if ever, available.  They can also be useful should you wish to give information to other people.  

You can also decide whether you wish to use a document filing system, card index system or computer software program to transfer this information.

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