Genealogy activity - Adding other relatives using family group sheets

Provided by the Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS), Victoria, BC, Canada

When you filled in the family tree you probably thought that some of the people we call family weren’t on the chart. This is because a family tree only shows the direct line. It doesn’t include brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles.

Family history researchers are often interested in what happened to the other people in the family and so the researcher will use a Family Group Record  to record information about the whole family.

Siblings are people who have the same parents. They are brothers and sisters.



Look at the Family Group Record form. You can fill out a form for your family. You need the same information about each person as you did for the family tree. Your father’s information is at the top under husband and your mother’s information is under wife. List each of their children underneath starting with the oldest. This will include you and any brothers and sisters.

The brothers and sisters of your parents are your aunts and uncles.

Start a new Family Group Record for the parents of your father (your paternal grandparents). Your father’s father and mother go at the top. Then list your father and his siblings underneath. Remember to put them in order from oldest to youngest. These will be your aunts and uncles. Now do a Family Group Record for your mother’s parents (your maternal grandparents).

You can create Family Group Records for any person in your family tree or even a person on another Family Group Record. For example - if your father has a brother then he is your uncle. If you fill in a Family Group Record for him it will show his wife and children. How are his children related to you?

People with same grandparents are called cousins.
People with the same great-grandparents are called second cousins.
People with the same great-great-grandparents are called third cousins and so on.



Family Group Record - Provided by the Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS).



You might want to look at the Finding The People project, to help you build a bigger family tree.

The next genealogy activity in this 1-2-3 GO! series is My Own Time Machine.


Download a printer friendly version of this Who is MIssing from the Family Tree activity sheet in PDF format.