The Fun of filling in your Genealogy Charts!
Genealogy charts will help you to work out your ancestry and find out exactly where you came from. You can make your own genealogy charts or work on ready-made tables or software programmes that help you put your family history together for you. But for genealogy charts to work, you will need a whole lot of relevant information that you can fill in.
It does usually take a bit of work to track your ancestry. But nowadays it's a lot easier than it used to be, especially if you use the Internet to help you. And the thing about using genealogy charts is that you can fill in what you know, wherever it is relevant. If you don't have the information, you simply leave out that part of the chart. What could be easier?
So for starters, what you do is to fill in the names of your parents. If you don't have that information, chances are you were adopted - and then you're going to have to ask the adoption agency for a bit of help. But most of us do know who our parents are. So then what you do is to fill in the names of their parents - and then continue up the line from there. Fill in the names of your parent-parents and then their parents. Continue building the chart this way, leaving gaps where you don't have confirmed information. Don't guess - or if you do, write in pencil (if you're working on a drawn chart) or highlight words if you are working on a computer-based chart.
The secret with anything that relates to genealogy is to find out every tiny bit of information you can about anybody - and everybody - in your family. It really is that simple.
Once you have filled in as much as you can on the chart, go back to the beginning and start filling the gaps. Don't stress if you can't find all the answers right away, many family tree charts end up with gaps. Sadly we don't always stay in touch with all family members - it simply can't be helped. Just remember that the idea is to fill as much as possible when it comes to genealogy charts.