Family Group Sheets Are Convenient but

Family group sheets, those forms leaving room for the names and statistics of an individual family, are popular because they are a convenient form of entering data. However, problems exist. Seldom do the forms have sufficient room to enter the sources. Computer programs that are now available often handle the problem by allowing text notes to be included. But those prepared in earlier times, without the benefit of a computer, encouraged the researchers to enter dates and locations without documentation. Genealogists who did attempt documentation normally wrote on the back of the form. Later, when the form was sent to others, perhaps only the front was photocopied.

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