A pedigree chart is a way to look at your ancestors as they branch out from you. On a four generation pedigree chart you can quickly see starting from yourself all the way to your sixteen 2nd Great Grandparents. Your ancestors double with each generation making it so important to track them on a pedigree chart. Only vital information is added to a pedigree chart such as name, birth date, death date, and marriage date. In genealogy, maiden names are always used for females. Although a person’s real name should be used it is always a good idea to make note of nicknames. On census records nicknames were often used. Knowing this can help in your search efforts.
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