Working on your family tree you will need various charts and sheets to record and document your findings. Below is a partial list of various documents you may or may not need depending upon your genealogy goals that you have previously set. These charts and sheets can be found online (do a basic search online and see what you come up with) and it also depends on how detailed you want your research to be.
- Pedigree Chart: A pedigree chart is a visual representation of an individual’s ancestors, typically displayed in a tree-like format. It can be used to show the direct line of ancestry from an individual back several generations.
- Family Group Sheet: A family group sheet is a document that records the essential information about a family unit, including the names of the parents and children, birth and death dates, and other relevant details. It can be used to organize information and keep track of key details about each family unit in a researcher’s genealogy.
- Ancestral Chart: An ancestral chart is a visual representation of an individual’s ancestry, similar to a pedigree chart, but typically showing more generations and a wider range of family relationships. It can be used to help identify missing ancestors and fill in gaps in a researcher’s genealogy.
- Ahnentafel Chart: An ahnentafel chart is a numerical genealogy chart that lists an individual’s ancestors in a specific numerical order, starting with the individual themselves and working back through each generation. It can be used to help identify specific ancestors and track lineage.
- Descendant Chart: A descendant chart is a visual representation of an individual’s descendants, showing the lineage of a particular individual and the relationships between their descendants over several generations. It can be used to help identify descendants and track the lineage of a specific ancestor.
- Relationship Chart: A relationship chart is a visual representation of the relationships between individuals in a family, including both direct and indirect relationships. It can be used to help identify the relationship between individuals, such as cousins or distant relatives, and to understand the connections between different branches of a family tree.
- Kinship Diagram: A kinship diagram is a visual representation of the relationships between individuals in a family, showing the relationship between each person and the relationships between other individuals in the family. It can be used to help understand the relationships between individuals and to identify the common ancestors of different branches of a family tree.
- Surname Distribution Map: A surname distribution map is a visual representation of the geographical distribution of a particular surname, showing the frequency of that surname in different regions. It can be used to help identify geographical origins of a particular surname and to track migration patterns of a specific family.