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Getting organized and knowing how to address government agencies and organizations can help you get quicker, more effective results. Family Tree Magazine
has created forms that can help you access and organize your family history information. They're available in two formats: text and portable document format (PDF). The text versions give you the basic form structure in files you can open in your word-processing software. You can print, edit or even type your information right in the file. The PDF versions are read-only files with snazzier designs—they're suitable for displaying or sharing your research with others.
You'll need the free Adobe Reader to view and print the PDF forms. If you don't already have this software, download it from Adobe.
This form will help you extract information from your ancestors' marriage indexes.
Basic Charts and Worksheets
Here, you'll find basic reference sheets and the forms you need to get started tracing your family tree.
Research Trackers and Organizers
These forms help you keep track of your research progress and organize your genealogy files.
Use these sheets to record information found in US censuses.
The forms in this area are designed for transcribing details from passenger lists.
On this page, you'll find forms for recording information from a variety of genealogical records.
Oral History and Heirlooms
Look here for sheets to keep track of family stories, traditions and treasures.
Create Your Own City Guide
Use this template to create a customized guide to genealogy research in your US ancestor's town or city. You'll find instructions for DIY-ing your own city guide in the September 2013 Family Tree Magazine