do the regular green hanging files fit into the plan, what
do I put in them?
Use the standard green files for Locality Files - files for
counties, states and countries where you are doing research.
Where were your ancestors from? That's the Localities you
will be making files for. Put a county history in a Locality
File, or a good map of the area. Things like that. I keep
all the marriages for Cumberland Co., New Jersey in my Cumberland
Co., NJ locality file.
do you organize the information when there is a second marriage
in the family due to death or divorce?
Since each couple gets their own folder, you add a second
folder for the second marriage. File the folder with the first
marriage folder. I keep the marriages in the order they happened.
The labels look like this:
Thomas b. 1891 m1
SMITH, Sarah b. 1895
Thomas b. 1891 m2
BROWN, Mary b. 1900
Thomas b. 1891 m3
DAY, Mrs. Ann Smith b. 1892 m2
is a pedigree chart organized?
A pedigree chart puts husbands and wives together as the parents
of families. Pedigree charts have on them the last names or
surnames of husbands and wives, as well as other information
about each of them. Each generation, going back in time, adds
new surnames as each new wife is added to the pedigree chart.
It's interesting to realize that all new surnames on your
pedigree chart are always introduced by a woman through her
maiden name. The last name of the men are already on the pedigree
chart from a man's son or daughter. If your families had patronymic
surnames that changed every generation see the learning tip
can I know where surnames belong on my pedigree charts?
In the front of your first box put a complete copy of your
family pedigree charts in a hanging file folder. Also print
an alphabetical index to the pedigree charts from your computer
genealogy program. These two items, together, are your map
and guide to your pedigree surnames.
the front hanging file of each surname put two items: a) A
copy of your first 5-generation pedigree chart, where you
are person #1. Highlight all the people with that surname
on the 5-generation chart. b) A copy of the pedigree charts
where that surname appears in your pedigree lineage. This
may be one chart, and it may be many charts, depending on
how much you know about your ancestors with that surname.
You can print pedigree charts from your computer genealogy
program starting with the first person who has that surname
on your pedigree chart.
Your computer database has an "Alphabet Browse" or "Find Individual"
feature. Enter all people into the computer database. Then
you can find a person later by checking the "Alphabet Browse"
or "Find Individual."
Pedigree charts and ahnentafel charts have numbering systems.
You could also include an ahnentafel chart of your ancestors
in your file because those are the numbers to use on your
pedigree charts to identify people, but more about that another
do I deal with each couple belonging to a certain surname?
a folder for each couple, within each surname. File each couple
in a hanging file, in alphabetical order, behind the hanging
file with the pedigree charts for the surname of the husband
of that couple. The label on the file folder will have a colored
stripe to remind you what color that family belongs to.
about color coding?
code your pedigree by the lineages of your four grandparents.
All the folders of the ancestors of one grandparent will be
marked with the same color:
lineage on your father's side: all folders marked BLUE
Grandmother's lineage on your father's side: all folders marked
Grandfather's lineage on your mother's side: all folders marked
Grandmother's lineage on your mother's side: all folders marked
about alphabetical order when you color code?
the RED ancestors as one group, the BLUE ancestors as another
group, the GREEN ancestors as another group, and the YELLOW
ancestors as another group. Each group should be alphabetized