Teaching a genealogy class? Here are some forms for students.

Teaching a genealogy class? Here are some forms for students.

We received a great question from a reader who wants to teach a genealogy class based on the award-winning Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes by author and genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett:

I would like to purchase a kit that contains enough forms that will allow 15 people to create their family trees based on the teaching of Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes that I purchased from the EasyGenie web site.

One of the foundational pieces of advice that Shannon discussed in the book:

  • Start with yourself and then work backwards, using vital records or other trusted sources to connect the generations.
  • Focus on research that is well sourced - living relatives, vital records, or other Ancestry users who have a good source list for each entry.
  • It's OK to leave blank spaces in your family tree until you verify information that can confirm a person's identity.

Here's my advice to anyone in this situation where they are giving a class or seminar on basic genealogy techniques. If people are just getting started and they have their own printers, you could direct them to download the FREE 5-generation pedigree chart which is a good place for beginners:

If you want to distribute high-quality paper copies of this form to people, it's part of our starter kit which includes 14 of the 5-generation charts plus a bunch of other fun stuff you could distribute to the group.

If they are a little more ambitious or you want them to have something that's more impressive, I recommend the 6-generation large print pedigree chart. We sell them in packs of 10 either folded or unfolded.

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