General Instructions for filling out charts.
Pedigree Chart Family Group Sheet Both Charts

Instructions for Filling out a Pedigree Chart

• Start with yourself or one of your children.  Please do not include information on anyone living, except for names, unless you are trying to find their parents.

• The husband always goes in the even numbered box, and the wife always goes in the odd numbered box.

• Fill in as much information as you can for everyone on the chart, but don’t be afraid to leave a box blank.  Follow the guidelines stated below under General Instructions for Both Charts.

• If you have generations that will not fit on the page, then use a fresh page and start with the last generation on your first page to start the fresh page.  For example, if you know the parents of number 8 on your first page, use person number 8 in box number 1 on your new page.

• When entering dates, use the format of: Day Month Year, the month should be the first three letters of the month.

• When entering locations, to use as little space as possible, please use the format of: City (County) State, Country.  Use the two letter postal code State abbreviation for US States, spell them out for all other countries.

• When entering names, if you are typing into the chart, if the middle name is unknown, please put multiple spaces between the first and last names so that I know that there may be one, but it is not known.  If only an initial is known, do the same thing but put the first name and the middle initial then the spaces then the last name.  If you know that there was no middle name, just follow the first name with one space and then the last.  If you are hand writing on the chart, if the middle name is unknown, please put the first name all the way to the left and the last name all the way to the right on the line so that I know that there may be one, but it is not known.  If only an initial is known, do the same thing but put the first name and the middle initial on the left, then the last name on the right.  If you know that there was no middle name, just follow the first name with the last.

• When you have filled in as much information as you can, then proceed to the Family Group Sheets.

Instructions for Filling out a Family Group Sheet

• You can skip Family Group Sheets for your children, yourself and your spouse.

• Start with one couple on the Pedigree Chart and fill out as much information as possible.  Follow the guidelines stated below under General instructions for both charts.

• When filling out information for the children, include the spouse’s full name (if known) and any other spouses the person may have had.  The marriage date should be for the first spouse, and any other spouses can have their marriage dates and places listed with them.  You should also fill out a separate family group sheet for each spouse, and then you will have their marriage date and location included, as well as any children.  The same goes for multiple marriages of ancestors.

• You are welcome, and encouraged, to fill out separate Family Group Sheets for children if you know that they have been married and had children.  Sometimes parents, aunts, uncles, in-laws, grandchildren, etc., lived with other family members, and a good way to confirm that I have the correct family is to be able to look at all the people in the household and compare that with family group sheets.

• You should fill in any extra information you know, such as military service, religion, occupations, places of residence, and any other dates or places you know, in any blank space available, or on the back.  While these things may not seem important, they can be a huge help in locating your ancestors.

• When entering locations, use the boxes to guide you through what goes where.  The location box is there for anything that is not a city/county/state/country, such as a cemetery, hospital, church, or home. Don’t worry about how much you do and do not know.  Any information you can give me is a step in the right direction.

General Instructions for Both Charts.

• If you only know approximate dates, put Abt. before the date or Bet. if there is a range of dates.

• Put as much information as you know about a location.  If you think it could be two (or more) places, just put OR between each place.

• If you run out of room, use the back.  Please put either the box number or name of the person you are continuing so that I know who the information is for.

• If the last name of a person is unknown you may leave a blank space or write UNKNOWN for their last name.

• As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Call me at (719) 203-1661 (this is a voicemail box ONLY, I will not answer, so just leave me a message and I will get back to you) or e-mail me at jengenealogy @ gmail.com.

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