|Order of Indexing Records on a Pedigree Chart
For an image of a pedigree chart, index the record of the latest descendant first and spouse, if one was recorded. Then index the records displayed for the next generation (the first person's parents), working from the top of the chart to the bottom. Then index the records for the previous generation, working again from the top of the chart to the bottom, and so on across the page.
For the image above, 28 records would be created, in the order shown. Remember these instructions as you determine when to create a new record:
- Index all names on the image.
- If a record shows a person and the person’s spouse, the first-listed person should be indexed as the principal person in the record, and the spouse’s name should be indexed in the spouse’s name fields, unless only the spouse was listed with a death date. Then the person for whom a death date was recorded would be indexed as the principal person.
- If a death date was given for both the husband and the wife, a record should be created for each of them:
- One record with the husband listed as the principal person and his death year in the Death Year field, with his wife’s name in the spouse’s name fields.
- One record with the wife listed as the principal person and her death year in the Death Year field, with her husband’s name in the spouse’s name fields.
- If a death date was given for neither spouse or for just the husband or wife, only one record would be created.