Family History Binder – Part 3 – Dividers

This is the third post in my Family History Binder series. Click here to go back to part 1.

My family history binder is broken into 16 sections. The dividers I used are the Avery Clear Pocket Label Dividers 8-Tab Set, so I used 2 sets of them.

The first page of my family history binder is my 4 generation pedigree chart. This also serves as an outline for my binder.

If your tree is on familysearch, all you need to do is go to the person page for the individual you want your chart to begin with, and then click on “pedigree” under the “print” heading on the right side.

familysearch-pedigree

If you want to fill out the chart yourself, here are a couple links to blank pedigree charts. It is very important that you use one that has numbers next to each individual.

Once you have your numbered 4 generation pedigree chart, label 15 of your dividers with those 15 individuals. Make sure to include the number on the tab as well.

The 16th tab I labeled “maps, photos, etc”. This is a place for things that don’t belong to a specific individual. I originally planned to put this section last in my binder, but I found that everyone was usually more interested in looking through the pictures than the documents so it made more sense to put them at the beginning. My next post is specifically about this section and can be found here.

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27 thoughts on “Family History Binder – Part 3 – Dividers

  1. Rose Taylor December 31, 2016 / 5:47 am

    I appreciate it you going through the steps to do a family binder. I’ve learned a lot and am looking the forward to learning more!

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    • jessaroni December 31, 2016 / 5:41 pm

      Thanks! I’ll send them an email now!

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  2. Pauleta J Clawson January 1, 2017 / 12:21 am

    Thanks for sharing. Always appreciate ideas. Willing to share when I have ideas.

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  3. Susan Oliver January 1, 2017 / 7:14 am

    As I have my tree on my legacy program it dose not have each family numbered or say they are the father or mother or grandparent on my pedergree chart as I do not wish to put my 40yrs of research on family search I have a private tree on Ancestry any suggestion’s how I can follow through on your great binders as I would like to do my binders the same way.
    Susan

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    • jessaroni January 1, 2017 / 7:54 am

      I put links to 2 different blank pedigree charts that are numbered, but you would need to fill in the info by hand. Another solution would be to print a 4 generation pedigree chart from your software (I’m not very familiar with Legacy but I’m assuming it will let you print a pedigree) and just handwrite the numbers next to the individuals.

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      • Susan Oliver January 2, 2017 / 12:53 am

        Thanks Jess I found the blank pedigree charts after I sent my message sorry about that I did see where it could be filled in by hand but I don’t think it would look as neat as yours is.I will look at your suggestion about printing of from the legacy chart and numbering them but it would still not give who the father or grandfather ,mother and grandmother is your chart from family search is so much better. Would it be possible to save it someway and then edit so I could type in my information do you know if that could be done.
        Susan

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    • Jenny MacKay January 2, 2017 / 4:56 am

      Hi Susan, I’m using Legacy and I have printed out the pedigree chart with the numbers, if you mean the numbers 1-15? It doesn’t say grandmother, grandfather etc., but as it’s only 4 generation, it still works.

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      • Jenny MacKay January 2, 2017 / 4:58 am

        PS: I should have said I used the Pedigree Report option, not the Ancestory Chart which doesn’t give the numbers. HTHs.

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      • Susan Oliver January 3, 2017 / 1:34 am

        Thanks Jenny I did look at the pedigree chart with numbers but wondered if I could copy and edit the one from family search as I do like the idea of the parents and grandparents on the chart never mind I will use the one from legacy.

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      • Susan Oliver January 4, 2017 / 5:11 am

        Hi Jenny
        I have printed as you suggested the pedigree chart listing myself as number one which is great but you cannot print the family group record with your name meaning with my maiden name it will only print with my husbands name I have asked this question before on the legacy facebook page and have been told it only prints the husbands name,this will always be the problem with setting up the binders as I will have the same issue with my mother and grandmother any suggestions.

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      • Jenny MacKay January 4, 2017 / 10:25 am

        Hi Susan, I just had a play with the Title, and if you go to Help, Report, Title Options, you can change where it says [FullName] to [WifeFullname] or [WifeGivenNames]. Not sure why Legacy would say you can’t do it, when it’s there in the help file. It still prints with my husband at the top, but it is showing my name as being who the Family Group Report is about. I’ve not tried this before, so I’ve learnt something myself. I knew you could change things in sentences when I spotted this on the Titles. Hope this Helps. Are you on the Facebook group for Legacy User Group. Lots of questions get asked there about various things. All the best.

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  4. Martha Chabot January 1, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Love what you have done, and I hope to set up my Binders following your ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Bonnie Compton January 2, 2017 / 2:29 am

    I have several years of research to organize….so wonderful to have a map to do so….all I have now are boxes….several boxes!…..I also have a very old family bible and I photographed any written pages…it is so fragile I hate to handle it any more than that.
    any other ideas for that?

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    • jessaroni January 2, 2017 / 2:54 am

      Eventually I plan on doing a post about how my mom was able to photograph thousands of pages of church records going back to the 1500s. She basically made a tripod to hold her phone still above the books while taking the photos or else they ended up blurry. Now I can just print copies of any of those records I want.

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  6. Christine Emond January 3, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I am absolutely thrilled you are blogging about how you created this wonderful family history! I have saved this to my Genealogy board on Pinterest where I know others will pick up on it. I am looking forward to reading the rest of your blog.

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  7. Jerri Grimley January 4, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    I really like your Family History Binder and that you are sharing your process. I know this is for direct ancestors only, but how do you keep the rest of your information, for the extended family data: aunts uncles etc? Sometimes the most valuable information and/or family photos come from these branches.

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    • jessaroni January 4, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      I use family tree maker to keep all of my info digitally. On there I include all blood relatives and their spouses.

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  8. Susan Oliver January 5, 2017 / 2:47 am

    Hi Jenny
    Yes I am a member since it first started I am in Australia and we had Aus-Legacy long before the facebook page but since it started less people are using Aus- Legacy such a shame it only closed in December. I did look at help and still as you said it prints the husband on top we should be equal and be able to print which one we choose. Maybe I will put in a suggestion about if they can do it as sometimes it would be handy to use it for reports. I did ask this question on the legacy page about putting the wife on top for her line and then the husband for his linebut was told it could not be done as the women’s name changes when she marries by Cathy Pinner.

    Susan

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  9. Kris January 19, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I love the look of the FamilySearch pedigree chart, but I don’t like the fact that it is not “my” tree but the community tree which contains inaccurate information. Is there any way I can just access my information? I have Legacy Family Tree, but the pedigree chart it prints is ugly for the purposes of this beautiful project. 🙂

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    • jessaroni January 19, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      I included a couple blank pedigree charts but you would then need to handwrite the info in. If you really want the familysearch version, you could correct the info in the community tree. That would also help out any other relatives who are using that incorrect info.

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  10. Tina Micheal Ruse January 23, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    I love your whole series and I am trying to do this.I am having a bear of a time printing the numbers and names to go in the divider tabs.I am using the Avery template in word but the print is to big and it won’t fit in the tabs.You can’t go smaller than 8.Could you tell me what fond you used to print your tabs on cardstock? Thank you for sharing this.

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    • jessaroni January 23, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      The sticker tabs don’t stay on so I printed on cardstock instead and cut them apart. I used Arial size 8 for the name and size 12 for the number, printed as pdf, and then printed the pdf at like 80% I think.

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      • Tina Micheal Ruse January 23, 2017 / 1:37 pm

        Thanks! I will try this in pdf!

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  11. L Gainer October 3, 2017 / 8:41 am

    Couldn’t seem to bring up the blank pedigree chart – only the second link? Any suggestions?(it is a lot of clips for videos I think)

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