The Pedigree Chart

The Pedigree Chart researches the genetic code. It traces your ancestors directly back through generations and provides a much more extensive exploration of family history than a traditional Family Tree. Visually, the Pedigree Chart research begins with the subject and reaches backward through history. The youngest generation forms the “roots”—the opposite of a Family Tree where the youngest are found at the topmost branches.

To illustrate a Pedigree Chart the parents of each individual have to be researched. The chart starts with the client or their children and follows with the father and mother. Then the researchers identify the father and mother of each preceding generation. From the original subject, the number of people is doubled as the chart extends upwards into centuries gone by.

Pedigree Chart structure

Pedigree Chart Structure

On the chart, men are traditionally illustrated blue and women red. The women are assigned odd numbers while males are even. The root always is identified as “1”.

Details and documents which were found during the research are incorporated in your Family Chronicle. The individually written volumes contain facts and figures set in context of the everyday experiences of your ancestor’s lives. It is a treasure that makes your family history tangible and brings their stories to life.

For each researched ancestor, we provide the following details, as the sources permit:

  • Name
  • Place and date of birth and baptism/christening
  • Place and date of marriage
  • Profession
  • Date of death and burial location
  • Interesting facts and stories when found

Each research project and how it is approached is unique to the client’s wishes. Contact us to learn more about how the process begins.


Ancestral Peaks & Gaps

Occasionally, the research team comes across a lineage that is particularly rich in branches. This is an indicator that research has successfully been conducted considerably far back. The “ancestral peak” is often the result of a marriage between members of the middle-class into a noble family. These discoveries often provide particularly extensive results.

On the other hand, a gap in a chart does not automatically mean the ancestor is lost. This may be an indication that there is a common ancestor at two or even more places. When two ancestors share a common great-grandmother, this leads to the appearance of a minor “gap” in the family’s history. In this case, one ancestor stands in for two.

Are you curious abour your own Pedigree Chart? Feel free to contact us!