Author: Robert W. Penry @ 2021
As you research your family history, you will probably want a computer program to help you keep track of your family. There are programs certified for use with FamilySearch.org’s – FamilyTree.
Included are Ancestral Quest, Legacy, and RootsMagic. Each has a free version which you can download. Each also has a full version for purchase which adds additional features. Other popular genealogy computer programs such as Family Tree Maker can be purchased at cost. If you use a Mac, make sure the program is available for your computer, or else have a Windows emulator.
You will need forms to keep track of your research. You can download both blank and completed forms from any genealogy program.
The two main forms used in genealogy are the Pedigree Chart and the Family Group sheet.
The Pedigree Charts shows several generations of parents and grandparent relationships:
The family group sheet shows a complete family – Father, Mother, and all children and the spouses of children. It also lists the parents of both the mother and father. It includes detailed information such as dates and places of birth, death, and marriages. Notes can be included that provide additional information about family members.