Looking for a family tree template for your genealogy research, class project or to frame as a gift? We’ve done our research and come up with some free printable and interactive family tree templates that are perfect for just about any need. From interactive pedigree charts to simple trees designed to be filled in by hand, you’re sure to find the perfect match for your family history research project.Family Tree Template Options
Most of my father’s life story is lost forever. I always meant to write it down, and he always said he would do it—but when we finally made time to do it together, he died not long after we started. I would give a king’s ransom to know more details about his life before we kids came along.
I’ve heard lots of reasons for not writing down your life story…
1. “I don’t know what to write about.”
A good list of questions solves that problem. Those kind of lists [...]
Ever wondered why so many of those calculated years of birth from censuses are so consistently wrong by a year or so? For example, you know your great-grandfather, George, was born in May 1895 but Ancestry, FamilySearch and the others say it was 1896 because he was age 44 in the 1940 US census. The answer is that the standard method of estimating year of birth is wrong most of the time! Of course, that’s always assuming that your ancestor (or the person reporting their age at [...]
David McCulloch, who won Pulitzer Prizes for his books on Harry Truman and John Adams, knows how to write a good life story. Says McCulloch, “I believe very strongly that the essence of writing is to know your subject…to get beneath the surface.” As you create your personal or family history book that’s advice you should take to heart.
Unfortunately it’s something we may forget when we set out to research our genealogy or create a family history. We turn into Joe Friday from the [...]
He was the last person I would ever have expected to be interested in genealogy—and what I found out about his roots was the last thing I would have guessed.
It was late 2011 and I needed a new genealogy project. My husband had mentioned my hobby at the manufacturing plant where he works, and one of the young factory guys asked him, “Do you think your wife could find out more about my family tree?” Bruno (not his real name) was young, wild, and festooned with tattoos. I was [...]
The Pedigree or Ancestral Chart is a summary of your family at a glance. It contains basic information about each maternal and paternal generation of your family. Whether you are just beginning your family history or reviewing your research, your pedigree chart is the guide to your family tree.
For beginners, it is helpful to print and complete the form(s) manually before entering the data in a genealogy software program. Filling out the form uniformly will enhance your [...]
How much research is enough?
Do you know genealogists who say, “I want to write a family history book, but I need to finish my research first?”
Somehow they never get to their book. More research leads to new avenues of information that should be explored. They charge off seeking the vital records of previously unknown ancestors. You have to admire their dogged determination. Just a bit more research and they’ll be ready.
I thought about those dedicated [...]
Thanks to Susan Wallin Mosey for sharing this guest post.
I had an epiphany this week, with the help of my co-worker Robin. Here it is: Ancestry binders can be wonderful gifts for those who have the memory loss that old-age dementia brings.
It makes sense, really… It’s common knowledge that, as a person loses his/her memory, it’s the short-term memory that goes first. I saw this with [...]