It sounds like an easy enough starting point: Fill out a family tree chart. But once you have the basic family history forms in hand, this seemingly simple task can become bewildering. Where do your siblings, aunts and uncles go? How do you deal with grandma’s second marriage? Do you use her maiden or married name? And what do all those numbers mean? Follow these five guidelines and you’ll be filling out family tree templates like a pro.
How do you know which family tree chart is right for your genealogy goals? What’s the difference between all those options in your genealogy software? And what the heck is an Ahnentafel, anyway? Here’s a quick guide to some of the most popular family tree chart types and terms.