Barry's Relatively Speaking: Important: The Family Group Sheet
Posted on Dec 16, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Betty shares the following experience.
I would like to use this opportunity to tell beginning genealogists the importance of family group sheets. I started family research about 35 years ago. I didn't know about the sheets, nor did I know any other researchers, but I did know how to ask questions and ask questions I did. Everytime I saw a great aunt or uncle I bombarded them with my queries, and made notes on the back of an envelope, a grocery list, a paper sack, a picnic napkin until I had overflowing boxes of information that so overwhelmed me, I didn't know what to do with it. Then, three or four years ago a new friend gave me a stack of family group sheets.
The next day the boxes came out of hiding from under the bed, off the top closet shelf, behind the door etc. and I began the exciting task of transferring all my voluminous notes onto the concise, compact sheets. I was surprised and overjoyed at all I had,
but I was also dismayed at what I had missed - a marriage date here, a spouse's name there, a place of birth, of burial. How sad, for all those elderly relatives are gone now and some of the information with them. What could have been learned so easily is now obscured by time. But perhaps my loss will be somebody elses' gain, if they will realize the importance of the FAMILY GROUP SHEET.