Free Genealogy Cheat Sheets and Family History Ebooks

Vicki’s note – from Family Tree magazine:

Free Genealogy Cheat Sheets and Family History Ebooks

In addition to our free forms, Family Tree Magazine offers a variety of downloadable reference charts and quick guides to assist you in your research.
Free Genealogy Cheat Sheets and Family History Ebooks

All cheat sheets are PDF files—to view or print them, you’ll need the free Adobe Reader software. Most computers come with this program, or you can download it from Adobe.

Genealogy Essentials

A collection of basic tools every family historian needs, including a relationship chart, guidance for documenting your research, research-trip preparation and directories of research locations.

Record References

Don’t waste time searching for records that don’t exist—these cheat sheets list available records and time periods.


Put your research—and your ancestors’ lives—in geographical context with the help of Family Tree Magazine’s exclusive maps.

Computer Aids

We’ve developed lists of tricks, hints and shortcuts, plus the best online genealogy resources, to make your research faster and more efficient.

Foreign & Ethnic Research Helps

From key resources to genealogical peculiarities, refer to these guides for help tracing your roots of a particular heritage.
Canadian Provinces Fast Facts
This chart shows you at a glance when each province formed, when civil registration began and where to go for records.

African-American Genealogy Resources
Get a roundup of the best Web sites, books and organizations for tracing African-American roots.

Hungarian Counties
Many Central and Eastern European immigrants came to America during the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. If your family came from one of the Hungarian controlled areas—including parts of present-day Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, Serbia and Ukraine—consult this list of old Hungarian county names and their equivalents in other languages for help locating records.

Genealogy Glossaries
If your research takes you into foreign records, our cheat sheets of commonly encountered terms can help you decipher the language.

Free Genealogy e-Books

From surname search strategies to tips for digging deeper into, we provide a number of free e-books to help supercharge your family history

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