Sometimes people ask us why bother purchasing our printed genealogy forms, when it's possible to download free genealogy forms off the Internet. There are a number of reasons why.
EasyGenie forms are printed on acid-free paper on offset and high-quality digital printers. This is far different than the flimsy printer paper most people use at home. If properly stored, EasyGenie forms can last hundreds of years, and won't yellow or crumble. Quoting archivists at the Library of Congress:
"Good quality paper stored in good conditions (cooler temperatures; 30-40% relative humidity) are able to last a long time -- even hundreds of years."
EasyGenie has designs that no other company offers. They include:
- Our 10-generation pedigree chart, which includes spaces for the children of the primary couple.
- Various types of genealogy fan charts that include extra spaces for children and spouses' families.
- Two-sided family group sheets with spaces for families with up to 24 kids (!)
EasyGenie also sells LARGE PRINT genealogy forms in various styles, which to our knowledge aren't available anywhere else (yet!).
Big genealogy charts are too big to be printed out at home. For instance, our 10-generation chart is nearly 2 feet by 3 feet, which are impossible to print out unless you have access to professional offset or digital printers.
That's why the free forms online seldom cover more than 5 generations, so they can be printed out on 8.5 by 11 inch paper.
Free genealogy forms sourced from the Internet are seldom fillable on your computer, meaning you can't type into them and save them or print them out. Our large-print PDF download includes fillable PDFs, meaning you can type out names and other information on the screen and then print them out.