Friday, June 23, 2017

Simplify Your Genealogy Info Gathering With This Form

Skip the handwritten notes with these fill-in-the-blanks family genealogy worksheets

Years ago on a trip to the New York City Municipal Archives, my friend Dawn gave me Word document forms to print out. There was one for birth records, one for death records, and one for marriage records.

The forms saved us each a ton of time because we were focused on locating and writing down all the key facts.

But after 35 years at a keyboard all day, I can barely sign my name anymore. Typing, on the other hand, I can do in my sleep.

I created a series of PDF forms you can download and use repeatedly. They are fill-in-the-blanks forms you can save. When you begin using one, do a "Save As" and give it a unique name. You can return to a saved file and add more to it at any time.

Note: I've created several new forms since this article was first published. Let me know if you have any problems or find any errors. This group is in PDF format:

This group is in Word format:


13 comments:

  1. Love your template for the family group sheet - can you add MORE children (so that there are 12-15)?

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    1. You've got it, Eileen. Here is the Dropbox link - https://www.dropbox.com/s/2469s8h4pmg7mpp/family-genealogy-worksheet-2.pdf?dl=0

      Here is the link on my site: http://www.forthecousins.com/files/family-genealogy-worksheet-2.pdf

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    2. I will add these links to the article, too.

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    1. Missy, I've just added a form for the 1940 Census. I'll continue creating more of these. Thanks for the feedback!

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  3. Perhaps the addition of a field for ahnentafel numbers would be helpful. That could also be used as a "Save As" designation ie #26 Peter Smith.

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    1. Saving the file with the number and name of the head of household would be a good way to go. I've never used the Ahnentafel numbers myself, but I have lots of people with the same name. When that happens, I usually note them as "son of Giuseppe" or "daughter of Antonio".

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  4. I would appreciate Word document forms to print out for birth records, one for death records, and one for marriage records. Thank you for your time and hard work.

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    1. OK, I've placed the Word doc versions in Dropbox. I'll add links to them above in the article.

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  5. I would really appreciate Word document forms to print out, one for birth records, one for death records, and one for marriage records, as mentioned in this article. Thank you for your time & hard work.

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    1. I thought I might still have those old Word docs, but I don't. These would be good for me to add at some point.

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