|George E. Tucker (1910-1980)|
If you would like to print out a Family Group Sheet to refer to, CLICK HERE. This form has two sides. Be sure to download both sides. Fill out one Family Group Sheet with your ancestor as a parent. Fill out another Family Group Sheet with you ancestor as a child. You should make your best attempt to fill out both sheets completely with spouses, siblings, parents, children, events (birth, marriage, death, burial), and places.
This is one of the least understood principles: You will have greater success if you will become familiar with the family as a whole. They lived together, interacted with one another, and appear together in public documents that were generated in their lifetime.
Many times when records are indexed such as land records and wills, you will not find your ancestor's named indexed. The record may be indexed under the name of another relative. When you look at the actual document, you ancestor is named along with other members of the family group. At times, you will need to search different documents indexed under other family member's names. You may end up searching for the previous generation using a sibling or cousin of your ancestor because your ancestor my not have sufficient resources.
The Family Group Sheet is also most beneficial because it helps you to narrow your search down to the specific time period and place(s) your ancestor lived. This becomes vital information when you discover that even though your ancestor never moved, county boundaries changed and you are having to search holdings in more than one district.
This all may sound confusing. Do not worry. We are building this bridge one step at a time. You can go your own pace here. Just get those Family Group Sheets filled out, and we will take it from there.