My Family History : A 10 generation family research record book with pedigree charts
'My Family Record Book' is an efficient and attractive method of recording and displaying the result of family history research and a handy 'aide memoir' to carry around when researching. The product is in two main parts; a ten generation record book and a loose-leaf, two-sided ten generation pedigree chart, plus a system for recording re-marriages and new partnerships.
There has long been several five generation versions available but the complaint has always been that 'they don't go back far enough'. Hopefully, this publication will resolve that problem. It holds records for up to ten generations including the recorder and their offspring and allows the recording of 256 marriages, 512 ancestors plus offsprings, stretching back to the early 1700's and beyond. All individuals are allocated unique reference numbers to mate entries in the record book with those on the pedigree charts.
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This research workbook is an ambitious publication that enables, within its 80 pages, the recording of ten family generations. By using the novel means of ten paternal generations from the front of the book and ten maternal generations from the back, a considerable amount of information can be written down.
The A4 format is large enough to include a lot of information beyond birth, marriages and death. There is room to record education, other family members and census details. The authors note that in some cases space only permits noting that a particular fact has been found and that the details are stored elsewhere. Clearly much depends upon handwriting as to how much information can be recorded.
However, this is a useful and compact means of recording information and retaining it in one handy workbook. An A1 size family tree is included and this is very useful for transferring information into a more visual representation from the workbook. There are some basic instructions on the inside front cover and the wise advice to do everything in pencil first! The confirmed facts can be inked in later. The inside back cover provides some useful information on other products from the Family History Partnership.
This is ideal for anyone just starting out on family research. Its format provides a useful structure and research guide for the beginner.
Dr Tony Wakeford
Friends of The National Archives