Family history research worksheets

Family history charts and worksheets can help you plan and organise your research process, and record and visualise the information you uncover about your ancestors. They can be used instead of, or alongside, genealogy software or websites to document your research. Charts and worksheets are particularly useful to use as a ‘working copy’, where you add information as you go along.

I developed the charts and worksheets below to use in my family history teaching. You can download them in both Word or PDF format. They are provided with a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence, so you can share and adapt them as you like.

To record information about your ancestors

To plan and keep track of your research


  1. Rhonda Burton says:

    Hello, My great great grandfather was Chinese and I do believe he came from Shanghai. He married an Irish lady, Mary Flannery, they had one daughter named Mary Anne. Tio ???? In Sydney NSW Australia…in the 1800?
    I have absolutely nothing to go on. Of course everyone are dead…I really don’t know where to start looking..
    I hope you can direct me in some direction regarding
    this hopeless search.

    • Kate Bagnall says:

      Hi Rhonda, I’ll keep a look out for your family in my research. I always say that researching a Chinese-Australian family follows the same principles as any other family history, so you might look to joining a local family history group, or attending some of the courses run by the Society of Australian Genealogists, or even enrolling in the Diploma of Family History at UTAS, where I teach 🙂

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