|Start With Yourself
You probably already know a lot of facts about yourself and other close family
members. Your first step should be to record this information. Use the three
basic forms described below to record what you already know.
The Ancestral Chart shows an overall view of your whole ancestry. The chart has
blank spaces to add four or five generations of ancestors from whom the person
at the top of the chart is directly descended. When you are working with more
distant relations, this helps to understand where each person fits into your
family tree. The "Visual Family Tree" program program uses the
information you entered to create a neatly printed ancestral chart that shows
four generations of ancestors from whom the person is directly descended.
Click here to print
Ancestral Chart form.
Family Group Record
The Family Group Record is a detailed record of one family. It has blank spaces
to add the parents, grandparents, and children for the family, and the most
important dates and details for each person. Each family on the Ancestral Chart
should have a corresponding Family Group Record. The "Visual Family
Tree" computer program uses the information you entered to create a neatly
printed Family Group filled in form for each family you select.
Click here to print Family
The Personal Record is a detailed record of just one person. Use it to record
extensive information for each person. It has blank spaces to add the parents,
spouses and children and the most important dates and details. The "Visual
Family Tree" computer program uses the information you entered to create a
neatly printed Personal Record form for each person you select.
Click here to print Personal
Prepare questions in advance and send them before the interview so that
relatives can be prepared. Also send a Family Group Record and Person Record
forms before the interview. Fill out all forms and take notes during the
interview. Ask for the best time that you can call back if you should need more
A computer program is an excellent tool for organizing and saving your family
history. The Visual Family Tree program simplifies the process of building your
family tree. The steps for researching, recording, creating and publishing your
family tree are integrated into one easy to use package.
Download Visual Family Tree Maker
With your personal computer and the Internet you can now search library
records, steamship ledgers, government files, cemetery ledgers at no cost and
from the convenience of your own home. "Visual Family Tree" contains
a of the best and most productive free Internet databases. Just point and click
to search for distant and lost family members. Also add your own favorite web
sites for quick and easy access. Next, cut and paste or copy family details
directly from your web browser into "Visual Family Tree". You can
also record photographs, maps, drawings, web pages, text and pdf documents.
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Share Your Family Tree
Visual Family Tree can now take everything you recorded and convert it to web
pages. There are pages for individuals, families, indexes and a home page.
Later you can change the default setting to personalize your family tree. Next
copy this to cd's to give to friends and relatives or put your family tree on
the Internet. Use the list of free Internet web housing sites to put your
family tree on the Internet at no cost.