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Family Tree Starter / Continuers Pack
The continuers pack is identical to the starter pack, but designed for those with an existing tree, who would like to organise their research in a logical way to facilitate future research. Starting with 20 individuals of your choice on your existing tree, we can organise your information into a format which will allow you to manage your tree on an ongoing basis, and have the tools and structures set up to continue to do your own research in future. You can choose to add more people for an additional cost (AUD25/person). A search of online databases will be conducted to enhance the information you are able to provide and highlight potential future research opportunities.
The summary report can be customised to meet your needs, but at a minimum would contain a BMD (birth, marriage & death) list of everyone included in the family tree, pedigree & fan charts of selected individuals, as well as copies of any documents, certificates and newspaper clippings found in the research and the family group sheets.
Customised Ancestor Pedigree Charts
Ancestor Fan Charts
Digital Document Archive
We’ll create a document archive that you can copy to your laptop or cloud drive where you can store files, photographs, stories or any other digital information about each person on your tree.
This will make future research much simpler and you can archive new information about each person on your tree as you receive it.
Family Group Sheet
The Family Group Sheet is one of the most basic and important tools you will need in your research. At a minimum it records the names of two parents and their children, but in order to facilitate future research and validate our discoveries, we also record parents names, birth, marriage and death (BMD) information as well as details of baptisms, occupations, children’s spouses and more.
The Family Group Sheet is especially useful when reviewing census records, as these records can be notoriously inaccurate. Everyone has at least one ancestor with a very common name. The problem with common names is that there is likely to be a doppelganger or two for your ancestor born around the same time. If you are lucky, there will be a sibling with a slightly more unusual name to guide you. If you are less lucky, you still have the names and birth order/birth years as points of reference from the family group chart whilst doing your research. As part of the starter pack, we will set these up for up for your 4 great-grandparent and 2 grandparent family groups. If there are any other family’s you are particularly interested in exploring, we can set these up for them too.
We will create an individual timeline for each relative where you can record the results of any research, along with sources & citations of documents to verify the information in your tree. This can include census information, birth, marriage & death records as well as baptisms, newspaper reports, convict reports, educational achievements, military service etc. Timelines are a great visual tool to get handle on all of the data collected and also to cross check against new information found, and to validate existing records. They can also help, not only to identify gaps in your research, but also to resolve data that conflicts and to strategize about what to look for next.
There are many types of data that can be added to a timeline. Adding historical context (eg. Spanish Flu, Civil War, Anglo Boer War, WWI, WWII etc.) can also help you better understand what you’ve found in your research. The timeline should not be considered as a one-time use document, but rather as an organic document that will evolve as your project progresses, and new records become available.
Create a GEDCOM File
A GEDCOM file is the most widely recognized file type for creating, managing and exporting a family tree. Almost all genealogy programs will recognize this file format, which allows you to easily move your tree to the genealogical site of your choosing.
You can also use this GEDCOM file to import your family tree into DNA testing sites to identify unknown relatives.
Online or offline Trees
We’ll take the information you have about your family and create an online family tree in Ancestry or other cloud based services that you prefer (eg. MyHeritage, FamilySearch, FindmyPast etc.). You can choose whether to make the tree public or private. There are pros and cons to making a tree public or private – we will discuss these with you at the start.
People marked as “living” in family trees are not visible in searches at any privacy level. Living people are visible only to the tree owner and to anyone the tree owner invites to the tree and authorizes to see living people. If no death information is provided, people under 100 years old are considered to be living.
Alternatively, we can load the information into an personal offline family tree package (eg. Family Tree Maker)
Grandmother Surname Table
Traditional Family trees focus tend to be biased to the paternal line (as its easier to follow a single surname back in time), however many people also choose to research the maternal lines as well, and the Grandmother Surname Table shows the birth surname of each generation of grandmothers. This is a very useful tool when reviewing DNA matches of potential 2nd, 3rd and 4th cousins as your matches may have one of these surnames.
In addition, this table shows where there are gaps in your tree and can help you prioritise your research to find more information about distant grandmothers.