Free Genealogy Forms and Charts – Links

A selection of websites with free genealogy related blank forms, charts, etc. along with a brief description. Many are in .pdf files. To use these, download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free, if you don’t already have it.

For charts, etc. for younger genealogists, see the BCGS Genealogy for Children and Teens – Links page.

BCGS Pedigree Family Tree Chart.

Library and Archives Canada:

Pedigree and family charts, in English: and in French:

La Société de Généalogie des Cantons de L’Est:

Free charts, some in French, including one for maternal/paternal lines and several good for children. All 8 1/2×11, pdf format (From the home page, go to the’Tutoriels’ page, then click ‘Tableaux à télécharger’):

FREE forms, etc. if you register as a Guest User on the New England Historic Genealogical Society website (American Ancestors) – Family Charts, Research Templates, including US census comparison charts, and Writing and Publishing Style Guides and templates.

New England Historic Genealogical Society / American Ancestors:

Research forms, including Pedigree chart, family group record, analysis charts, blank timeline and ‘To Do List for My Ancestor’, various census forms (mostly USA and Canada).

Ancestral charts, research calendar, etc. US census forms, including forms for the 1850 and 1860 Slave Schedules and the 1890 Veterans Schedule.

Ancestral chart and family group sheet, Canadian, USA and UK census forms, various other forms including a research calendar.

Family Tree Magazine:

Basic charts and worksheets; research worksheets and logs; transcription templates for USA census and US Immigration forms and for a variety of other records, including a cemetery transcription form and a military biography form. Also forms to record family traditions and information about family heirlooms, and a ‘Time Capsule’ form. Most forms in .pdf and text format.

The Bailey’s Free Genealogy Forms:

Family record sheet and pedigree chart; 8 generation pedigree fan chart; various timelines; cemetery recording forms; research and correspondence logs – in English and Spanish.


Pedigree charts, one interactive, including a rose design 5 generation fan chart. Also links to many other websites with free and pay forms and charts. And another 5 generation interactive pedigree chart which could be very useful to send to relatives when requesting info – type in it, then save, e-mail &/or print the chart:

Martha Stewart:

Genealogy Fan Chart with design ideas for its use.

Misbach Enterprises:

Photo pedigree chart, fan charts, including a kids chart, bowtie chart, a graphic ‘tree’ chart.

Mittsläktträ (site is in Swedish). Blank family trees for 3, 4, 5 generations in .pdf and .odt (Open Office – save as Word) formats.Ted Eriksson:

Family Tree Templates, Kevin Savetz. Free/pay versions:

2-7 generational graphic and chart trees, some for siblings, family group sheets. Includes ‘non-traditional’ charts, e.g. adoptive trees.

Progeny’s Charting Companion Software:

As of July 2016, Progeny’s Charting Companion is compatible with the new version of Family Tree Maker. And Charting Companion 6.4 appears on the Plugin menu of Family Tree Maker (click on “Tools, Plugins”). As of 2016 The Software MacKiev Company is publishing Family Tree Maker, both the PC and Mac versions. Previously Family Tree Maker was an product.

Charting Companion is also compatible with versions of Ancestral Quest, Family Historian, GEDCOM (all programs), Legacy Family Tree, Personal Ancestral File (PAF) and Roots Magic (ver. 4 and later).
Charting Companion also offers versions compatible with data from these websites: MyHeritage,, OneGreatFamily and FamilySearch.

SmartDraw Software:

Software to create professional-looking family tree charts, diagrams, timelines, genograms, calendars, etc. Free trial download. See examples:


Transcription spreadsheets for USA/Canada/England/Scotland/Ireland census; also cemetery and passenger list spreadsheets. Some free.


U.S. census transcription forms (1790 to 1940) in MS Word format.

Essential Genealogy:

For USA research, Soundex card and World War II draft card transcription templates; also for 1790-1930 US census.

Family Medical History

U.S.A. Surgeon General‘s Family History Initiative:

‘My Family Health Portrait Tool’ (in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Polish, Portuguese).

See also the Genetic Alliance‘s A Guide to Family Health History about collecting and organizing historical/generational family health information – in English and Chinese:


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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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