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Help! How do I make a family tree?

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Start with yourself and work backwards in time to add each generation. Gather all your papers that contain family information, such as family Bible, birth and death certificates, obituaries, and letters.


Create a simple pedigree chart with you as the starting point. A chart can help you see what information you are missing in each generation. Record each person with their name and birth, death, and marriage dates. Include the locations of each event if you know them, even it is just a state. Women should be listed with their maiden names.


Look online for free printable pedigree charts that you can use to get started. The National Genealogical Society has several free forms, including pedigree charts and family group sheets that will help you keep your information organized.



You probably know more than you think!



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