"It is important for a person to know his roots"
If you treat the history of your family superficially and lightly, you can at some point be in an awkward situation and not be able to answer the simple question: "What kind of you will be?" Previously, genealogical research with special zeal engaged representatives of the highest nobility. This was explained simply - the family tree (a sample of which could be provided to all comers) served as proof of their high origin.
People also easily stored information about their origin. Many peoples who have not yet torn themselves away from the great umbilical cord and preserve the traditions of their people (for example, the Buryats, Mongols, Kazakhs, etc.) are very sensitive to the preservation of information about the genealogy. It was considered shameful not to know your ancestry before the seventh tribe. All the information collected in the pedigree was and remains a source of pride. From a practical point of view, it protected people from unequal marriages and incest.
Recently, to restore the family tree has become fashionable. To help all comers come various computer programs and agencies. In this article, we will share how to compile the family tree (sample number 1) on our own, without resorting to the help of professionals. Believe me, only at first this burden seems unbearable - the main thing is to start!
Step One: Collect Information
At the first stage of creating a family tree, you have to become a meticulous journalist, greedy for any kind of information. Surnames, names and patronymics, dates of birth and death, place of residence, date of marriage, degree of kinship and so on, other, other. Do not dismiss information that for some reason seems unnecessary to you. Believe me, when the whole picture is collected, this puzzle will be missing.
Review your archival documents, ask relatives (especially old people). Work on information gathering can be delayed, especially if your relatives are scattered around the world. Do not neglect the epistolary genre, write letters, collect information in phone conversations, by Skype.
Step two: draw a draft
Already at the stage of gathering information for you, for convenience, it is necessary to outline what was heard and make the diagrams. The figure below shows the "skeleton" of the family tree, a sample of the approximate location of key figures. As you can see, the scheme is simple, women's personalities are indicated in round segments, men's are in square. Family pedigree (sample):
For the draft of the pedigree tree, fine writing paper will also be suitable, as required you will simply glue the necessary workspace.
It is very important to draw all the personalities that you learned about from the informants. Even those about whom you have almost no data. It's okay, leave an empty circle - the person was, and sooner or later you will find information about him.
Step Three: Making the Tree
How spread your family tree will be (sample number 3) depends on the amount of information collected. Three or four levels (and this is one century) can easily fit on the standard sheet of Whatman.
A start. To go deeper into earlier times, you need to go to the archives and libraries. It will not be superfluous to contact namesakes.
In this article, we have only superficially demonstrated how to compile the family tree (a sample in a schematic form is also presented). Your family tree can be also three-dimensional, it can be illustrated by the arms of births, portraits of all relatives - all in your power. Family pedigree (sample) is an example of your selfless work that descendants will appreciate.
The continuous connection between generations that has existed since the beginning of time is the guarantor of the preservation of human memory.
Documentary evidence of such a memory is the family tree - a model of reverent attitude to its roots.