Pedigree charts are very useful tools for genealogists of all levels. These charts show the direct ancestors, such as parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. They may be found in 3-generations, 4-generations, 5-generations...up to 15-generations plus. They may be presented in several ways. Most include the person's name, birth date, birth place, marriage date, death date, and place of death. Many forms also include a line for place of marriage.
Most pedigree charts use a numbering system. Number 1 is the person of reference. Number 2 is for the father, number 3 is for the mother, numbers 4-7 are for the grandparents, numbers 8-15 are for the great-grandparents, etc. Even numbers are used for the males and odd numbers for the females.
Each generation is doubled in regards to the number of ancestors.
- 1 Reference Person
- 2 Parents
- 4 Grandparents
- 8 Great-Grandparents
- 16 Great-Great-Grandparents
- 32 Great-Great-Great-Grandparents
You may find blank forms online through Ancestry Library Edition
or Cyndis List
or any genealogy software program has the option to print pedigree charts.