Entering the information in your circular genealogy chart correctly is of the utmost importance. Once youíve selected which type of chart you want to use, knowing how to enter the family history will make it a much more pleasant and productive experience. The Circular chart is quite easy to understand, and especially easy to figure out where to begin. Thereís only one place you can start, in the middle! Downloading and printing out a Circular Genealogy Chart from our website will enable you to easily follow along with my instructions.
As you look at your circular genealogy chart youíll notice that, beginning with the centre circle, each succeeding circle encompassing the previous one is divided into twice the amount of sections that its encircled predecessor contains. This will produce a parentage line for both sides of your family tree, motherís and fatherís. The outer sections of the chart are quite small and limited as to the amount of information you can write in, for this reason the Ahnentafel or Eytzinger numbering system is very useful.
CIRCULAR GENEALOGY CHARTS: Free printable circle genealogy charts
This system allows you to list your ancestors in a definite order, using numbers to designate male or female relatives. Though it sounds a bit intimidating, especially if youíre not a "numbers person", itís actually quite easy to comprehend. The first person in the circle is number 1 whether male or female. The father of the subject will be placed in the space to the left of the centre and numbered 2, the mother to the right and numbered 3. From this point on, any subsequent personís father will be designated their number doubled, and the mother their number doubled plus one.
So, your fatherís father would be numbered 4, your motherís father 6. Grandma on motherís side would be 7 Ė momís number (3) doubled + 1. Grandma on dadís side would be 5 and so on.
The information you need will come in various forms as you know, so ensure that you have an excellent genealogy indexing system, otherwise it could get real messy! Make sure the facts on each person can be easily located and accessed and your family tree building will be much more than a life long chore.