Book Review: Family Tree Workbook by Brian Sheffey

Detail generations of your family’s unique history in one convenient workbook

Organizing your genealogical information is a snap with the Family Tree Workbook. This versatile workbook assists you in your research by providing a variety of forms, charts, and worksheets that help you categorize and track critical information. It also suggests ways to expand on the ancestral information you have already uncovered.

The companion book for Practical Genealogy, the Family Tree Workbook is also suited for your own independent investigations. Featuring everything from pedigree charts and DNA trackers to marriage records and family lore sheets, this family tree workbook offers an expansive approach and unmatched versatility when it comes to recording your family’s history.

The Family Tree Workbook includes:

  • Worksheet variety―Discover dozens of different ways to expand and explore your family tree―including forms that help with bookkeeping and managing your research.
  • Special documentation―This workbook is inclusive of all types of family histories thanks to specialty forms, migration maps, and blended family worksheets.
  • Treasured keepsake―Create a comprehensive history of your family that will make a wonderful and heartfelt heirloom for future generations.

No matter how your family tree has grown, this workbook will make it easy to trace your family’s growth.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read Practical Genealogy a couple of weeks ago and was excited when I was able to get the Family Tree Workbook by the same author. One of the things mentioned in Practical Genealogy is being organized, something I realized I need to do, and that’s exactly what the Family Tree Workbook does!

The workbook has over 30 worksheets for organizing information found about ancestors, notes, list of sources used, and much more. The worksheets are adaptable to fit individual needs. At the end, there’s a section on suggestions for when you’re stumped on an ancestor. I read through it, but I haven’t used it yet. I do have an ancestor that I’m stumped on, so I’m going to see if I can use these suggestions to find out more.

If you’re serious about working on your family tree, this workbook can be one of the best resources you use to help you stay organized. Believe me, organization is very important in genealogy!

About the Author

“I am the child of European royalty, America’s founding fathers, Native Americans, and enslaved Africans. The American chattel slavery system is literally encoded in my DNA.”
– BBC 2 Interview

An engaging and thought-provoking public speaker, Brian has expertise in DNA, mid-Atlantic & Southern research, with an emphasis on the intersection of white, black, and Native American genealogy. He has used his knowledge to solve cases of unknown parentage from Colonial America to the present day utilizing DNA and paper trail evidence.

Brian’s passion for genealogy was initially inspired by his father, and his father’s drive and desire to discover the story of his family. This understanding inspires his work to help others uncover their own ancestral stories. He combines years of experience in marketing research and academia with a passion for genealogical research – and a unique ability to solve seemingly impossible cases. His primary research interests include cases of unknown parentage, such as identifying the white progenitors of mulatto family lines; and triangulating answers to tough genealogical questions using traditional records and genetic evidence.

Behind his passion for research lies the belief that genealogy is an opportunity to connect with Americans from different backgrounds to enable them to connect with each other – and make connections around the globe.

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