Ancestral Chart

An ancestor chart records the ancestors from whom you directly descend--those for whom you intend to compile a complete and correct family unit. It shows at a glance the progress you have made towards this goal and what remains to be done.

Research Calendar

The research calendar gives an account of every record source you have searched and serves as a reminder of what you have already done and where you have found pertinent information.

Research Extract

Use the research extract sheets to summarize information which cannot be photocopied, for which there is no document in your possession, or for things such as deeds which may be time-consuming or difficult to reread quickly when you need information from the copy you have.

Correspondence Record

It is important to keep track of those with whom you have corresponded, the reasons for writing, and whether or not you have already received an answer.

Family Group Sheet

Each piece of information concerning a pedigree ancestor and his/her family is placed on a worksheet. Since the end result of your research efforts will be to compile complete, correct and connected families, the use of family group sheets from the beginning will make the compilation much easier.

Source Summary

It is helpful to be able to refer quickly to information you have found for a particular family and the sources of that information. Keep a separate source summary of information found for each family group.

Census Forms

Census extraction forms are doubly valuable: not only do they allow researchers to see the format and column headings for various census years (especially if the schedules themselves are hard to read), they also provide a clean and convenient method for extracting and filing important information you find.

US Census Forms
Title Year
US Census 1790 Download
US Census 1800 Download
US Census 1810 Download
US Census 1820 Download
US Census 1830 Download
US Census 1840 Download
US Census 1850 Download
US Census 1860 Download
US Census 1870 Download
US Census 1880 Download
US Census 1890 Download
US Census 1900 Download
US Census 1910 Download
US Census 1920 Download
US Census 1930 Download
US Census 1940 Download
Veterans Schedule 1890 Download
Slave Schedule 1850 Download
Slave Schedule 1860 Download
UK Census Forms
Title Year
UK Census 1841 Download
UK Census 1851 Download
UK Census 1861 Download
UK Census 1871 Download
UK Census 1881 Download
UK Census 1891 Download
UK Census 1901 Download
UK Census 1911 Download
Canadian Census Forms
Title Year
Canadian Census A1 1911 Download
Canadian Census English 1911 Download
Canadian Census French 1911 Download
Canadian Census English 1901 Download
Canadian Census French 1901 Download
Canadian Census 1906 Download
Canadian Census 1851 Download
Canadian Census New Brunswick 1851 Download
Canadian Census Nova Scotia 1851 Download