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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Generational charts for your family tree

For a hobby that revolves around dead people, genealogy is remarkably popular. It is considered by most to be the fastest-growing hobby in North America, with many surveys and media sources proclaiming that it has surpassed quilting, stamp collecting and even gardening in popularity.

If you're a genealogist, then you know what we're talking about. Traffic to popular genealogy Web sites demonstrates the growing interest in tracing family history online: for example, the FamilySearch Web site of the Family History Library gets six to seven million hits per day.

If you're new to genealogy or maybe only have been thinking about exploring your family tree, the library wants to help you get started. We have online forms (PDF format) that you can fill-in and print out, or print out first and then fill-in. If you get stumped, bring your forms to the library and let our local genealogists try to help you. We have many resources for local history as well as access to records from around the nation and world.

The Generation Chart allows enough room to trace your roots back to your great-grandparents - all 4 sets of them! The Family Group Sheet gives space to record more detailed information about a particular couple and their children. These are great forms to help you organize your information. You will need Adobe Reader in order to view and fill-in the forms.

Visit our Genealogy and Local History page to use online resources and find out what the library has to offer.

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