A pleasurable hobby to get into is genealogy. If you would like to know your ancestry and your family history, this is really something you could get into. It is not only something you use for your personal enjoyment, but your children, grandchildren, and future generations of your family can take advantage of as well. The Pedigree chart is most commonly used for the purpose of making a record of the family history. This is because it is quite easy to comprehend and to draw. The chart is created beginning with information regarding an individual, placed on top of, or on the side of a page of the chart. From there, other information pertaining to the individual’s parents or ancestors from his direct line are drawn in as lines from this person. The pedigree chart can expand to any size, containing several numbers of generations that depict a family history in the best way possible. If you would like to start your very own family pedigree chart, here’s how to do it:
- Visit websites that will provide you with downloadable Pedigree charts. There are several sites you can get them from. The standard chart may cover about four generations with spaces provided for information for each individual including names, birth places and dates of birth, marriages, and death. The standard size would be on an 8 ½ x 11layout.
- Begin your chart by filling in your name or the name of any other person who you are tracing an ancestry from on the first line. When it comes to names on the chart, distinguish the surnames by using capital letters on them. Maiden names are used for females, and quotation marks on nicknames. Should you not know the full middle name of the person you are filling in, use initials temporarily and complete when you have acquired the information. Middle names are best included on the chart. Some people may have several names but ancestors from way back may only have one.
- Fill in your birth date and place of birth at the bottom of your name. Place your spouse’s name in if you are married and right below that fill in the list of children you have. When placing in dates, the military style is frequently used, for example: 12 April 1892.
- Number 2 on the chart is filled in with information on your father followed by your mother on number 3. The male line should follow the higher track while the female line follows the lower track. Use the system of the ahnentafel numbering, where the men are given even numbers and the women are assigned odd numbers.
- Record the names of places separating them with commas in this order: city, country, state. You must also include, if possible, the burial place of an individual, both name and location.
- As soon as you have accomplished tracing back your family history to four generations, you can start adding charts for each person on the fourth generation that you have placed on your first chart. Each individual will now be ancestor number one on your new chart. This will be in reference to the number of the first chart to make it much easier to follow the family trail through generations. The new charts will also be given individual numbers. Recording the numbers of the continuation charts beside each individual of the fourth generation on your first chart will make it simpler to follow the family on each chart.
There are a great number of things you may discover when you create your own family pedigree chart. You may be surprised to find out that you are a descendant of a certain lineage you have never expected. Finding out about your family history is a treasured knowledge that future generations of your line will truly appreciate.