How to Chart a Family Tree

By JeanGiovanetti
Family trees, a wealth, information
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Having knowledge about your ancestors can provide you with a wealth of important information. Yet organizing this information can be a daunting task once it has been collected. A simple way to chart your family tree is to use the genealogy pedigree method. In this method you start with yourself on the left and list blood relations to the right. Additional information about in-laws, siblings, and children is included in family group charts.

Instructions

Using a blank family tree chart, or, on a plain sheet of paper, write your full name, birth date, and place of birth and marriage on the left side of the paper. Assign No. 1 to this entry.

List your parent's names to the right of your name. Include their full names, birth dates, and places of birth, marriage, and death. Assign No. 2 to your father's entry and No. 3 to your mother's entry.

List the names of your grandparents to the right of your parent's names, again including their full names, birth dates, and places of birth, marriage, and death. Continue numbering entries by assigning even numbers to males and odd numbers to females.

Repeat for additional generations.