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					Goals and Charts
                              by Judy Levy Pfaff, June 19, 2008

                      The main goal is to Find My Family.

                      Figure, Plan and Organize family data.

                      Make Friends and have Fun along the way.

                       1. Begin with yourself and what
                       you know
                       2. Decide what you need/want to
                       find out
                       3. Make a plan
                       4. Document and preserve

4-Generation Ancestral Chart

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First Generation: 1. Is you

After this, even numbers (2, 4, 6 ...) are men -- top line of pair
            odd numbers are women (3, 5, 7...) -- bottom line of pair

List women with their birth name. If you do not know this, use a ? or and underline. Some researchers prefer to enter the
surnames with all capitals. Most genealogists will enter dates in the style day, month and then year. Some people prefer to
enter the 3 letter designation for the month (i.e. Apr for April). Be sure to use all 4 numbers for the year. If you don't know
the exact year, designate this with a "c." or "ca" for circa in front of the date (i.e.. ca 3 Jul 1800). Be careful to designate
as complete a location as you can. County and Townships locations are very helpful in identification. Use abbreviations
consistently (i.e. avoid CA for Caledonia as it can be confused with California).

Second Generation:          2. is your father
                            3. is your mother

Third Generation:           4. is your father's father (your grandfather)
                            5. is your father's mother (your grandmother and wife of 4.)
                            6. is your mother's father (your grandfather)
                            7. is your mother's mother (your grandmother and wife of 6.)

Fourth Generation:          8. is father of 4. (your great grandfather)
                            9. is mother of 4. (your great grandmother and wife of 8.)
                            10. is father of 5 (your great grandfather)
                            11. is mother of 5 (your great grandmother and wife of 10.)
                            12. is father of 6. (your great grandfather)
                            13. is mother of 6. (your great grandmother and wife of 12.)
                            14. is father of 7 (your great grandfather)
                            15. is mother of 7 (your great grandmother and wife of 14.)

Notice that there is no designation for BORN, PLACE, MARRIED, DIED, PLACE in the Fourth Generation. You still
would want to collect this information and put it in the chart as best you can.

The numbers are on the far right of the form are for continuations on to other charts as you acquire more information. You
will have eventually have many charts. The number 1. on each chart will be the person on the chart from the right of a
previous chart.

These are work charts. You may want to transfer your information to a computer database. It is wise, though, to keep these
charts for library work and reference.

This is a lineage that matches blood lines of a family. If you have multiple marriages, enter the marriage from which the
previous generation is descended through birth. You can indicate the other spouses on a Family Group Sheet. You have to
decide how you will handle adoptions.

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                             Family Group Sheets

A form is used for each family, man and woman. The same rules apply about entering names and dates as on the 4
generation chart. This is where the siblings are listed. List all the children that you know even those who died as infants.
Continue on another sheet or on the back for families that have more then 12 children. If you do use the back, put an arrow
or some other note to indicate that information continues on the back.

It is nice to have the children in birth order. You can easily sort this in a computer database. You might want to indicate a
number on the left that shows correct birth order if your entries are unsorted. Remember this a worksheet.

                                           Fun and Friends
Genealogists love to chart information. You will find charts for taking census notes, recording your research trip, logging
resources and the list goes on and on. It is up to you to decide how you will conduct your research. You might find you need
a chart or even devise your own chart as you conduct your research. One thing is certain you will acquire lots of paper. Part
of your work must involve organizing the paper and data. And, don't forget to collect stories about your family members.
The stories will enrich your genealogy. A person is more than a name, date and place.

Acquiring friends who have similar interests is fun. You can make genealogy trips together (share those driving ex-
penses), you can talk over your work and get new ideas. You may encounter researchers who want to share or trade
information. Have those contact cards ready to exchange (business cards). Join a society, take a publication, go to seminars
and workshops. You may even want to become a librarian or a professional genealogist.

Do share your information with your family. There are many ways to do this from quilting and scrap booking to publishing
Christmas cards, videos, newsletter articles and books. Genealogy can be a very creative outlet.

This is a hobby that never ends. Everything you find implies that you have new clues to go back even further. It is a never
ending puzzle waiting for you to solve.

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