Posted by dwsuddarth on 10 January 2010
Pedigree charts are a basic tool used in genealogical research. They tell, at a glance, the direct line ancestors of an individual. Additionally, they offer one an easy way to see what basic information is still needed for any particular individual in that line.
I am posting pedigree charts for all of my direct lines to help those who may share some of the same family names, as well as an illustration for beginners of what a pedigree chart looks like. The numbering of the chart is very simple. The person you begin with is always number 1. That person’s father is number 2 and the mother is number 3. Numbering continues in this manner with the father of a certain individual always being that individual’s number times 2 and the mother being the individual’s number times 2, plus 1. Except for the first person, the males will always have an even number and the females will always have an odd number.
I have four different pedigree charts, one for each grandparent. In this way, I can organize my filing system into four main families, each with a different color coding for its files. The first one is for my grandmother’s family line, the Monroes. Names included in this chart are Monroe, Studebaker, McLaughlin,Stilwell, Robertson, Hart, Locke and Braton. As you can see, a four generation pedigree chart will yield 8 different surnames.
The following link will take you to the Monroe family page, where you can access the pedigree chart: Monroe Family