Keeping Ancestors Straight

If your family is anything like mine, you have three, four, five generations in a row with the same damn name. Our families weren’t imaginative back then were they?

I got super tired of flipping back and forth between family member profiles on ancestry, trying to make sure I have the right generation, or crosschecking facts to see if a new one makes sense. Some I came up with this little trick to keep everything simple and accessible.

I bought a role of Kraft paper off Amazon, and wrote down each generation as I plug in the facts. I list every kid in birth order for each couple including my direct ancestor, then draw a line up to the next generation I also put it in the year of each marriage.

While this helps me keep the different generations straight, it has also helped me to remember which documents I have tracked down and purchased. I make a note beside each name for marriage certificate (MC), birth certificate (BC) and death certificate (DC) and it has honestly really helped me to keep track.

I bought this paper from Amazon and I tend to just tape it to the wall in the office so it is always easy to reference but the benefit of this paper is that you can just roll it back up and tuck it into a drawer until you need it again.

The paper I chose is 24″ wide, but you can choose different sizes and price points as desired :)

Happy researching!


Published by Hannah

Former library clerk, current full-time teacher and employee. I love books and make no promises as to a posting schedule.

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