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4-H Genealogy

Manual:  (4-H 748)

STATE FAIR ENTRIES: Five Projects/ 1 per Division

Exhibit Introduction   Forms for this project are found on the Indiana 4-H Web site www.extension.purdue.edu/4h click on "projects" and then on Genealogy to reach downloadable forms. This project is organized into divisions and not grades for a youth cannot start in Division 3 without first completing Division 1 and Division 2.

This is a project that builds on the previous division information in order to be successful in building your family tree. If you are using a genealogical commercial software program, you may need to type in or hand write in information required by the Indiana 4-H genealogy project. See 4-H forms on the 4-H website linked above.


The exhibit will consist of no more than four (4) notebooks for Division 1-4 and first year Advanced Division.  (If a     notebook requires additional space, label it as notebook x, continued.) Those notebooks are:

Notebooks should be tabbed and in the following order: 

Pedigree Charts, Family Group Sheets, Additional Information Worksheets, and Diary Sheets are to be placed in the notebook back-to-back in sheet protectors to save space, reduce the information being damaged, and reduce the number of sheet protectors required.

So the notebook exhibit can be displayed to the public and to minimize the potential of identity theft, original legal documents are NOT to be included in the exhibit notebook. Instead, a photocopy of any legal document is to be included in the notebook and all identifiable information (like social security numbers) except for names is to be completely marked out. Original legal documents are to be kept in a secure location by the 4-H member and his/her family.

All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. Reference notations are to be made in the “source” column of the Family Group Sheet and on each document.


If information on a family member is unknown, an additional information worksheet for each required ancestor is still required.  Write “unknown” or “NIA” (no information available) in PENCIL for each sheet of unknown ancestors or list several ancestors on a page and insert page in proper numerical order.

After exhibiting the 1st year of the ADVANCED Division, only the Advanced Division notebook (Book #4) with ALL OPTIONS (no pedigree charts, no family group sheets, no additional information sheets, no documents from Divisions 1-5) needs to be exhibited each year the genealogy project continues.

Suggested Genealogy Supply List:

Level: Division 1

Exhibit notebook that includes the following:

Book #1

A Family Group Sheet for your parents and each pair of grandparents. Sources of information MUST be filled in on family group sheets (see section "Recording the Information").


Book #2 (Ancestors 1-7 information)

Book #3 (Ancestors 1-7 information)


Level: Division 2

Exhibit notebook that includes the following:

Book #1

Book #2 (Ancestors 8-15 information)

Book #3 (Ancestors 8-15 information)


Level: Division 3

Exhibit notebook that includes the following:

Book #1

Five-generation pedigree chart, ancestors #1 through #31. Computer programs do not generally print chart numbers, so if you are using a computer program, make sure you have the correct number of ancestors.


Additional Family Group Sheets for generation five (5). Sources of information must be filled in on family group sheets (see section "Recording the Information" in Indiana 4-H Genealogy Resource Guide 4-H 748.).

Book #2 (Ancestors 16-31 information)

Book #3 (Ancestors 16-31 information)

Exhibit Book #1, Book #2, and Book #3, which should only include Division 3 ancestors 16-31 and related information.

Level: Division 4

Exhibit a notebook(s) that includes the following:

Book #1

Book #2 (Ancestors 32-63 information)

Book #3 (Ancestors 32-63 information)

Level: Advanced Division

Exhibit notebook that includes the following:


Book #1


Book #3 (Ancestors 64-255 information)

Book #4


A Pedigree charts are available on the Indiana 4-H Web site for your additional genealogy research. EACH YEAR FOLLOWING, continue to add ancestors to your pedigree charts. In addition, choose one of the following options that has not been completed previously. Please identify, by letter, the option that you are completing (for example: Advanced Division, Year 1, Option A; Advanced Division, Year 2, Option C; etc.)

B Advanced Division Year 2 and beyond – Exhibit Book #4 that contains advanced division options and a second diary of work.  If additional ancestry information was found in the seventh and eighth generation, exhibit Book 1 noting ancestors completed tis year along with Books 2 and 3 demonstrating this year’s work.

 EXPLAIN the information received as to how it relates to you and your ancestors.  Copies of documents obtained in previous divisions are acceptable and should be utilized in the option chosen if needed.

  1. A migration map of your eight-generation ancestors. You should have at least one map per family line with charts or explanations of the migrations.
  2. A timeline historical report of a family line. Show how this family fits into history. Document your report as well as possible with dates, records, places or maps, pictures, etc. Be sure to include proper labels and sources.
  3. A census history of a family line. Census abstract forms can be found on several websites. Download forms to abstract the census. Your notebook should contain copies of the census and the completed abstract form for each census.
  4. A history of your family's religious background for any family line or lines. Include a brief history of the denomination. Include baptism, confirmation or profession of faith and membership records. Also include information or history of the congregations involved. Be sure to include proper labels and sources.
  5. A history of your family's military service for a family line. Include supporting documents when possible. These documents could include military records, (muster rolls, discharge papers, etc.), pension records, and bounty land records, as well as maps and pictures. Be sure to include proper labels and sources.
  6. A research paper on a famous ancestor. Prove your relationship to this person with documentation. Try to include pictures and anecdotes to enhance your paper.
  7. Complete a family line or lines back as many generations as possible beyond eight generations (ancestors 256 and beyond). Include pictures, maps and documents. Be sure to include proper labels and sources.
  8. A timeline historical report of another family line not previously completed. Document as well as possible as in Option B. You need to state at the beginning that this is a second family historical report on such ancestor.
  9. A history of your family's military service for a family line not previously completed. Include supporting documents as in Option E. You need to state at the beginning that this is a second family military history report on such ancestor.
  10. Family DNA history. (This can be a very expensive option) Please include charts and explanations. i.e. use pie charts, ethnicity estimates, approximate percentage regionally, number of countries searched, genetic percentage, family tree, graphs, etc.



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