Customers asked, and EasyGenie responded! Below is an explanation of how to use the EasyGenie Blank Genealogy Forms Starter Kit, which includes five-generation pedigree charts, family group sheets, cemetery records, inventory logs, and more!
The basic idea behind using printed genealogy forms is to fill in the blanks using information obtained from other sources. Sources may include:
- Family scrapbooks
- Interviews with family members
- Vital records such as birth, marriage, and death records
- Religious records such as baptismal records
- Online sources such as Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org
- Your own memory or recollections
For instance, if you were to use the EasyGenie family group sheet (also available in a separate bundle of 40 sheets) to record information about your great-grandparent’s family, you might use recollections from an interview with one of your grandparents, paper records such as a birth certificate, or information you research online. Write down information such as birthdates, places of birth, etc. in the lines provided on the family group sheet. Because the forms are made with archival-quality paper, the information can be preserved for many decades if stored in a dry place.
It’s fine to use multiple sources of information to fill out a form. EasyGenie strongly recommends listing the source(s) of information on each sheet as well as the date(s) the information was entered – this will help you or your descendants trace the information trail in the future.
A brief description of each type of form in the EasyGenie Blank Genealogy Forms bundle and how they are used are listed below.
FAMILY GROUP SHEET
The family group sheet is a blank form for casual and professional genealogists to record important information about families. Besides the husband’s and wife’s full names, the family group sheet also tracks:
- Birth, marriage, death, and burial dates and locations
- Residence and occupation
- Parents’ names
- Childrens’ names and vital details
- Childrens’ spouses
Genealogists use family group sheets to summarize vital information about families and identify holes in family research.
If you have ever visited a cemetery to conduct research on relatives or ancestors, you know how difficult it is to remember where specific stones are located as well as details associated with your findings. This handy form lets you create a basic map of cemeteries and burial grounds, to identify markers and record surnames and the details from inscriptions. Seven markers/inscriptions can be included on each blank cemetery form.
GENEALOGY CORRESPONDENCE LOG
Anyone engaged in family research knows the joys of connecting with near and distant relatives and other sources to discover new facts or share research findings. This handy correspondence log lets genealogists records names, dates, contact information, surnames, and results of reaching out by letter or email.
GENEALOGY PHOTO INVENTORY
Raise your hand if you have a shoebox full of old family photos! Photographs are gold mines of information and insights into your ancestors’ lives. Use this photo tracker to organize old photographs for your research and future generations! The form includes fields for recording the source and date of acquisition, the size of the photos, and descriptions of the subject and annotations.
GENEALOGY RECORDS INVENTORY
If you collect genealogy records for your family, you no doubt understand the challenges associated with organizing documents, digital files, family diaries and bibles, and other records associated with genealogical research. This blank form for genealogy records inventory makes it easy to record important details about individual records, including descriptions, date and source of acquisition, locations, and relevant surnames.
FIVE GENERATION PEDIGREE CHART
Use this five-generation pedigree chart to track your (or an ancestor’s) 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents, and 16 great-great-grandparents. The five-generation chart contains fields for recording birth, death, and marriage information. All names are numbered for easy cross-referencing.
GENEALOGY RESEARCH LOG
Genealogists are like detectives. Working out puzzles is the name of their game! Research logs can help genealogists track websites, books, and other sources used to research specific ancestors or other details. This makes it easy to return to those sources later, and can also help avoid redundant searches for information. The custom research log has fields for the date, location, sources, surnames, and notes.