Genealogy Essentials – Must-Have Cheat Sheets for Every Family Historian

 

A collection of basic tools every family historian needs, including a relationship chart, guidance for documenting your research, research-trip preparation and directories of research locations.

Here’s a list of the cheat sheets currently available in this category. Check back often as we’ll continue to add new ones.

  • Source List Form
  • Relationship Chart
  • Source Citation Cheat Sheet
  • Get Started
  • Research Trip Budget Worksheet
  • Research Trip Packing List
  • Directory of Family History Centers

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Source List

Use this list to fully document sources you’ve referenced on other genealogy forms.

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Relationship Chart

Second cousins once removed or first cousins twice removed? Figure out how you’re related to others using this handy chart.

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Source Citation Cheat Sheet

See examples of what to enter in your genealogy software for various source types, from censuses to cemetery transcriptions.

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Get Started with Genealogy Guide

A handy sheet with 10 tips for starting your family history search, plus a list of good websites and books for beginners.

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Research Trip Budget Worksheet

Use this travel budget planning sheet to calculate how much it’ll cost you to visit that faraway county courthouse where Great-great-grandma lived.

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Research Trip Packing List

Hitting the road for a trip to the archives or courthouse? Be sure to consult this checklist of supplies you’ll want to tote along.

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Directory of Family History Centers

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ network of local Family History Centers (also FamilySearch Centers) give you access to the Salt Lake City Family History Library’s millions of microfilmed records, plus free on-site access to subscription genealogy Web sites. Find the center nearest you in this directory of US and Canadian locations, listed by state and province.

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