Contained on this page are links to forms that are part of the free B&F Forms System.

(For Hebrew forms, see the Hebrew Forms page.)

These forms are designed to work together. For example, you can use a Sibling form to add children to a Family Form, or use it as a list of siblings of a Source Person or one of their parents on the Ancestor Form. When you fill out a Family Form for parents that are in an Ancestor Form, you can link the two by adding the number of the Family Form to the Ancestor form (between the names of the parents).

These forms are designed to print equally well on Letter size paper (for North American users) and A4 paper (for everyone else). The forms can be printed and then filled out, or filled out on the computer and then printed. If you don’t want to print them at all, just fill out the form and save it as a new PDF, and you won’t need to waste any paper.

Some users of Adobe Reader have reported problems saving the forms, but all you need to do is use the ‘Save As…’ menu item instead of ‘Save’ and it should work fine. Just save a different copy of the form for each person you are filling it out for, and add the person’s name to the file name. On the Mac you can also use Preview, which comes with your computer, to fill out the forms.

A neat feature of the PDF forms is that if you fill out a name and it seems that it will be longer than the field allows, it will actually shrink the letters so they all fit visually once you leave the field. This works best using Adobe’s Acrobat Reader application.

You can add comments about the forms to the bottom of this page. Please let me know what you like or don’t like about them. They have already been revised once based on user feedback, and may be revised in the future as well.

If you teach a course in genealogy and want to use these forms with your students, feel free, but please send me an e-mail to let me know they are being used.

Ancestor Form

The Ancestor Form is what is usually called a pedigree chart.

You fill in information on yourself, your parents and your grandparents. For yourself and your parents you can link to Sibling forms to add siblings. For your grandparents you can link to another Ancestor Form where they are the Source Person instead of you.

On the top left of the page, you can add a ‘Family Group’ name, which is the surname you want to organize this file under. You don’t need this, but it can make organizing the forms easier.

On the top right, you assign the form a number. Make sure to add the number and other details to the Form Index Sheet to help you keep track of all your forms.

Family Form

The Family Form is a form that lets you fill out information about a nuclear family – parents and children. There is room for two parents and up to six children.

If you need to add more than six children, you can use a Sibling Form for the spill-over. Just add the number of the spill-over form to the box on the bottom right so you know which form is connected to which.

For each parent in this form, if they show up a Source Person in an Ancestor Form, you can write in the number of that form in the box next to their name on this form.

For each child in this form, if you have a Family Form for them, you can write in the number of the Family form in the box next to their name on this form.

Sibling Form

The Sibling Form can be used to show the sibling(s) of a Source Person or their parents in an Ancestor Form, or as spill-over for the Family Form for families with more than six children.

On the top right of the form you fill in both a form number for this form, and a linked form number for the form it is connected to, such as an Ancestor Form or a Family Form.

Like the Family Form, you can add the number of a Family Form for each sibling if you have a Family Form for them.

If the sibling listed shows up as an ancestor in other forms (such as a grandfather in an Ancestor Form) you can list the form numbers where they show up in the fields provided.

Ancestor Location Form

The Ancestor Location Form is more of a specialist research form. You fill the form out with the names of your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, along with their birth dates and birth locations.

The concept of the form is to allow you at quick glance to see all the locations and dates relevant to your immediate research.

This form is helpful for seeing quickly what pieces of information you are missing. If you don’t have a birth date for one ancestor, or a location for another, it will help you focus on the next steps in your research.

For Jewish researchers, you can fill out this form before adding your family names to the JewishGen Family Finder to make sure you don’t leave any surname/location combinations out.

US Immigrant Census Form

The US Immigrant Census Form is intended to help genealogists, both beginners and experienced, to focus their research efforts. This form helps you to collect information from US Federal Censuses between the years 1880 and 1940. This does not include 1890, as the 1890 census was almost completely destroyed by a fire. The focus of this form is to collect the information that is useful in finding out more information about this particular immigrant.

This form does not cover censuses before 1880, but by all means you should check those if the person you are researching lived in the US during an earlier census. The reason the form starts in 1880 is partly due to space issues, partly due to more useful information being collected in later censuses, and partly because of the large number of immigrants that arrived in the 1870-1940 period.

Form Index Sheet

As you might guess, the Form Index Sheet form simply exists to help you keep track of the other forms. Each time you fill out a new form and assign it a number, add the form to one of these pages.

When a form is specifically linked from another form (such as a Sibling Form) there are fields for showing which form it was linked from.

20 thoughts on “Forms

  1. Well I’m impressed The forms are ‘new’ to me and they look as if they will form an intergal part of my family history.

    1. I’m not sure what you’re asking. There are several useful forms on this page you can use to record your research. Read the descriptions of the forms above and click on the form image to download the form itself as a PDF file.

    1. Unfortunately no, as I no longer have access to the program I used to design the forms. I’ve been waiting for the release of a different program which is happening later this year or early next year, and then I hope to re-create the form with the 1940 census.

  2. TOTALLY LOVING THESE!!! Thx so much for sharing your hard work with us!!!! That is/was EXTREMELY kind & helpful!!! Blessings!

  3. These will be great forms for my beginners genealogy class-4th grade-at the Jewish Academy of Orlando

  4. The Family Form only goes to “child 6” I have family members who have more than 6 children like my grandparents. Is there another form that starts with “child 7?”

    1. Thank you for using my forms. On the bottom right of the Family Form you’ll find a box labeled ‘Sibling spill-over form #’. You use a Sibling Form, number it, and put that number in that box on the Family Form. On the Sibling Form, next to where you assign a form #, there is a box labeled ‘Linked Form #’ and there you put the number of the Family Form it is connected to, so you can easily find which forms are connected in either direction.

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you like the forms. Please explain in more detail what you’re looking for, and how it differs from my US Immigrant Census Form.

  5. Hi, I love your forms and just started using them and would love to be able to change the child number on the sibling form.
    im using the family form but for families with more then 6 kids id like to be able to change the sibling form so i can put child 7, child 8 etc

    1. Thank you. Interesting. That makes sense, but does complicate things a bit. Maybe I could simply make a version of the Sibling form without numbers, and you could fill in the number. Or I could actually make an extension of the family form that was labeled Child 7-12. Unfortunately, I don’t have the software I used to create the original forms, but I will see what I can do.

  6. What about a form for people who are adopted by a Jewish family and need to start with DNA and then create the paper trail to find their biological family and it’s ethnicities? You form is for a traditional family with room for only 2 parents not 2 adoptive and 2 biological. I’m helping a friend born before 1946 who has this delema and the truth was never shared it was hidden. Will the 1950 census suddenly reveal the secrets and be able to be documented?

    1. I’m not currently making new forms, although I’m not sure why you need a different form. If you’re researching a biological family through DNA then do that on one form. My forms are research tools, they are not intended to be the final presentation of one’s family tree.

      As for the 1950 Census that should be released in 2022.

      1. When you get your software please consider creating forms for nontradional family situations. In adoptions names at birth are rarely the name after adoption. Yet it is the same person. Just using form reference numbers may cause confusion and duplication.

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