Basic Charts and Worksheets

Here, you'll find basic reference sheets and the forms you need to get started tracing your family tree.

Basic Charts and Worksheets

Every family historian needs certain staple charts and worksheets for tracking relatives and research progress. These basics belong in every genealogist's toolkit.

To download a form:

Click TEXT or PDF next to the name of the form. Depending on your browser, the form will either open immediately or instruct you to save the file to your hard drive. If you open the text forms directly, you can save them to your hard drive by pulling down your File menu and selecting Save As. You can also print forms by pulling down your File menu and selecting Print.

Five-generation ancestor chart

Record your ancestors' vital stats on this standard five-generation pedigree chart.

Family group sheet

This essential form is designed for recording information about a nuclear family.

Adoptive family tree

This form has spaces for recording both a person's biological and adoptive parents.

Stepfamily tree

Use this form for recording information about stepfamilies in your ancestry.

Relationship chart

Let this chart help you figure out how a family member is related to you.

Biographical outline  

Note information on events in an ancestor's life, such as education, military service, marriage and children.

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