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05 April 2013

How to fill in a pedigree chart

COUCH family pedigree chart

Family historians, learn how-to fill in an ancestry chart. This how-to article corresponds with the red letters in the photograph.
A – Start with a blank chart, the following websites offer free charts:
B – Write on the chart “prepared by” with your name, date, and contact information.
C – The first name (number 1) on the chart starts the ancestral line. Write surnames in capital letters to catch the reader’s attention.
D – Above the first person (number 1), write the father’s name (number 2).
E – Below the first person (number 1), write the mother’s given name (number 3) with her maiden surname.
F – To the right of the father’s name (number 2 or D), write the paternal grandfather’s name (number 4).
G –To the right of the father’s name (number 2 or D) and below the paternal grandfather’s name (number 4 or F), write the paternal grandmother’s name with her maiden surname (number 5).
H – To the right of the mother’s name (number 3 or E), write the maternal grandfather’s name (number 6).
I – To the right of the mother’s name (number 3 or E) and below the maternal grandfather’s name (number 6 or H), write the maternal grandmother’s name with her maiden surname (number 7).
J – Spell the name exactly as documented. In this example, Ellenor is on the wedding certificate.
K – The numbering system identifies males with even numbers and females with odd numbers.
L – Dates are written by day, month, and year. Always write out the full date such as 26 May 1853.
M – Locations are written from the city to the country level with the corresponding name and date. For example, the family historian would write Seneca, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA.
N – Complete the chart with additional generations. Unknown information is left blank. Circle the blank areas such as dates, events, or names; this will be the research goal.
Contact Selma Blackmon with questions on how-to fill in a pedigree form.

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