Description: This project helps young people know where their ancestors resided, traveled, and developed some family tradition.

State Fair Entries: 5 entries per county; one per division.

Exhibit Guidelines:

Forms for this project are found on the Indiana 4-H Web site 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:

  • Book #1 – Appropriate size notebook or binder, contains introduction sheet, pedigree charts and family group sheets
  • Book #2 – Appropriate size notebook or binder, contains additional information worksheets and diary of work
  • Book #3 – Appropriate size notebook or binder, contains supporting documents, pictures, etc.
  • Book #4 – Appropriate size notebook or binder, contains Advanced Division options only (Begin using this notebook in first year of the advanced division or the fifth year of project )
  • Another notebook should be maintained and kept in a secure place at home to keep original personal and legal documents as well as previously exhibited

Note – Youth may consolidate information in order to have fewer notebooks. In this case indicate on the cover the notebook numbers included and use dividers to separate information by notebook number as well as contents as indicated below.

Notebooks should be tabbed and in the following order:

Book #1 - Introductory Page; Pedigree Charts; Family Group Sheets Book #2 - Additional Information Worksheets; Diary of Your Work Book #3 - Any Other Documents (label with ancestor numbers on tab)

Book #4 – Advanced Division Options (label each tab separately with the specific option); Diary of Your Work (this will be a second diary describing work done for each advanced division option)

  • Which your sixth generation ancestor was

Any documents or pictures pertaining to these generations, correctly labeled.

Exhibit Book #1, Book #2, and Book #3. Books 2 and 3 should only include Division 4 ancestors 32- 63 and related information.

Advanced (5th year and above in project suggested)

  • Exhibit notebook that includes the following:
    • Book #1
  • Seventh and eighth-generation pedigree charts, ancestors #64 through #255. If ancestry is unknown, please indicate as 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.
  • Your family group sheet for generations seven and
    • Sources of information filled in on family group sheets (see section "Recording the Information" in the Indiana 4-H Genealogy Resource Guide, 4-H 748).
  • Book #2 (Ancestors 64-255 information)
    • Additional Information worksheets
    • Diary of your work
  • Book #3 (Ancestors 64-255 information)
  • Any documents or pictures pertaining to these generations; correctly
    • Book #4
      • One new advanced level option (see below). Advanced division exhibitors must include ALL options submitted in prior years, with each option labeled with the year


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.) 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 this 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 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 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 Census abstract forms can be found on several websites.
  4. Download forms to abstract the Your notebook should contain copies of the census and the completed abstract form for each census.
  5. A history of your family's religious background for any family line or 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.
  6. A history of your family's military service for a family 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.
  7. A research paper on a famous Prove your relationship to this person with documentation. Try to include pictures and anecdotes to enhance your paper.
  8. Complete a family line or lines back as many generations as possible beyond eight generations (ancestors 256 and beyond). Include pictures, maps and Be sure to include proper labels and sources.
  9. A timeline historical report of another family line not previously 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.
  10. A history of your family's military service for a family line not previously 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.
  11. Family DNA (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.

  1. Any other genealogy related activity of choice.