The Family Group Sheet has returned to aid in your research!
If you are unfamiliar with a Family Group Sheet (or Family Group Record), it is a view of parents and children in a family, and is designed to show names, dates, and places of birth, marriages, and deaths in an easy-to-read format. It has been a staple of genealogical research for decades and is a powerful tool when it comes to looking for gaps in research, viewing a nuclear family, and sharing information with others.
For those who previously used the Family Group Sheet on Ancestry, it is back with its core functionality intact, along with styling updates to make it easier to read, some improvements to make it easier to use, and a convenient print option.
You can access the Family Group Sheet by selecting the drop-down menu for the tree you’re viewing in the upper left-hand corner, and then choosing “Family Group Sheet” at the bottom of the list.
When viewing the Family Group Sheet you can see the focus person (in the screenshot below, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin), a spouse, their parents, and their children.
While in the Family Group Sheet view, selecting the Profile button for the focus person or their spouse will take you to that person’s profile page. Selecting Search will initiate a search for that person, and clicking on the name of any children or parents will refocus the family group sheet on that family member.
From this view, you can also add children and spouses, and you can toggle between spouses if there are multiple marriages. In the near future we will be adding the ability to navigate to the Family Group Sheet from the person profile page to make it simpler to move back and forth between views.
We have found that the more ways there are to view your family tree – tree view, family view, person profile, and now Family Group Sheet – the more opportunities there are to make new discoveries. We hope you enjoy this enhancement. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. If you’d like to submit feedback, you can do so by clicking here.
Update: Thanks to everyone who has sent feedback on the Family Group Sheet page. You can now access it from both the tree view and from a person’s the profile page.