Highlighted Main Ancestral Lines

Highlighted Main Ancestral Lines
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Last Form for February - Improved Family Group Sheet

Perhaps th oldest form in the Genedocs Innovative Library is the Improved Photographic Family Group Sheet designed in 2001 mainly to visually enhance what child branch our Norwegian ancestors came from who immigrated in the 1870's and 1880's to the U.S. settling in western Minnesota.

Everyone at our 2002 Reunion could really relate to at least one generation closer than Henrik, although explaining subsequent generations was far more challenging with brothers marrying widows of siblings, numerous Henry's, etc.

The obvious point of the form is to showcase images discovered once identities can be verified.

The not so obvious point is keeping all the children with their parents. It is an anti-orphan form in that, unlike other group sheets that use two or more sheets to list vitals for all the children in larger families, this template (2-sided) can handle any family group up to 26 people includigng the mother and father! If you look back one post you will note that 24 children is double what Ancestry.com's group sheet without photos maxed out at.

Note that this is a phenomenal tool to promote people to start researching as well. Here a few newer examples:

These can serve as a stand alone database since you can also make sets for ancestors siblings and their failies to whatever extent of cousinry you prefer.

To close I strongly recommend keeping these in clear protective plastic sleeves in a large binder for handy desk reference. Remember to freind Genedocs Wetpaint on facebook if you find these tools and tips useful.

See you in March!


  1. Fabulous resource! Glad I found you! I would like to link to this post on a future blog post on my page. The photos make this so conversational!
    I think it would really get others enthused about family history, and helping!!
    See my page at http://youwhoineverknew@wordpress.com
    Kassie aka "Mom"

    1. Sorry I missed this comment earlier Kassie and thanks for commenting with your valuable feedback! I like your page very much also - nice work on it. If you havn't joined us on facebook, then please send a request to join Genedocs Templates where you can try all of the 30+ templates for FREE - Eric/ Genedocs Founder