Organising your Family Tree with a Starter Pack

The Genealogical Proof Standard

  • Research has been reasonably exhaustive
  • Information has been analysed and correlated
  • Conflicting evidence has been resolved
  • Sources have been cited or referenced
  • A reasoned conclusion has been created

Family Tree Starter Pack Contents

Family Tree Charts

  • Summary Report
  • Pedigree Chart (s)
  • Fan Chart

Document Archive

  • Structured digital archive set up for future research
  • Individual Report for each individual with source citations
  • Individual timeline report for each individual
  • Family Group sheets
  • digital copies of any certificates or newspaper clippings
  • digital copies of photographs
  • Research log containing details of all research conducted


  • for uploading to online or offline family tree software

Build your family tree

Family Tree Starter Pack

The starter pack is designed to kick start your family history research.

If you have some information about your family history, but its all rather disorganised and stored in a couple of old shoeboxes or files, the Starter pack will enable you to organise your existing research into an easy to manage format, with detailed reports on each person based on the Genealogical Proof Standard.

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.

Your tree will also be set up in a format that allows easy importation into online trees (eg. Ancestry, MyHeritage) or local family tree software on your laptop (eg. Family Tree Maker).

We will also set up a digital document archive, 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.

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Individual Reports with source citations and Family Group Sheets

StarterPack Reports

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 together with the Individual Report and Timeline are especially useful when validating new information discovered in other online trees,  newspapers or when reviewing census records, and can be used as an easily accessible cross-reference.

As part of the starter pack, we will create these 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 create these for them too.

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.

Family Tree Summary Report
Family Tree Starter Pack Contents

Customised Ancestor Pedigree Charts

Wall Descendents
ChasKent Pedigree
Stevens Descendents

Ancestor Fan Charts

Fan Chart Bryer
Digital Document Archive
online trees
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, FamilySearchFindmyPast 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)

AUD500 – approx: USD315 / GBP279 / ZAR5798 / EUR319