Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Pedigree Chart

A pedigree chart gives information about yourself, your grandparents, and your great grandparents and so on.

Usually, a pedigree chart covers four or five generations including yourself. I recommend you start by trying to identify up to your great grandparents on both your mother's and father's sides. It is very helpful to keep a pedigree chart on hand for quick reference. This visual will help you as you search for resources which existed during the time and in the places your ancestors lived.

When recording names, use the maiden name for females. The proper way to record a date would be first the day, then the month, then the year.

For example: 5 November 1878.

Places are recorded by listing the city, state, county/parish, then the country without abbreviating.

For example: Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, United States.

Download a free pedigree chart here:

Do not worry about ancestors or details which you are lacking at this stage. As you follow the steps which will be shared on this blog, you will begin to discover information about your family you never thought possible.