Tomorrow Saturday August 21, 2010 I have the privilege of teaching a very basic basic 5 pedigree chart class. Although this may seem uninteresting at first, the fact that this will be actual preparation to a fun-filled picnic idea put together by our Chula Vista Genealogical Society President Gary Brock. This class will be a lot of fun.
First we will look at the difference between pedigree and ancestral charts. This is the beginnings of genealogy terminology. I amazed as the mis-nomenclatures I see throughout even "professional" publications.
Then I show examples of pedigree charts, the bow-tie, the circle, the fan, the semblance of an actual tree, etc. I then show examples and suggestions for demonstrating "your" pedigree in each format.
Another brief discussion is used to understanding the numbering system involved with pedigree charts. To many new genealogist, the continuation charts (i.e. person #1 in this chart is the same as person #32 on chart 1) is a bit confusing. If it is not clear, I will suggest we look at secondary charts and forms in a another workshop.
The chart and forms I am concentrating on this limited class/workshop is limited to a simple daily journal, a resource tracking log and a 5 pedigree chart. I did venture out a bit in my "pilot" class of basic charts and forms and found in some cases I confused rather than clarified some of the principle of basic genealogy.
Subjects touched upon but need their own workshops are:
Preparing a resource log for a pending library visit.
and relationship calculating.
The class also requested a class on Genealogy Terminology.
In conclusion the class/workshop will review each participants pedigree charts and verify surnames, and family locations are clearly defined. The more prepared the 5-7 generation pedigree charts we have available, the more fun participation we should expect at our society annual summer picnic.
So if you happen to be in the San Diego area Saturday 12 noon come by the Chula Vista Public Library and join my class.