Backwards Basketball Brackets
March 24, 2014
The other day, I saw a basketball bracket flash on the TV screen for a second. I did a double-take because I was thinking “genealogy chart.” It had never hit me before that these two diagrams are almost identical, but work in reverse of each other. And then it got me thinking about people who assume they know the names down the line because of family lore and are sometimes tempted to skip back a few generations and miss working up the in-between generations.
By working the pedigree chart from yourself and then back generation by generation, you are assured that the correct connections are there and you are positive you are placing yourself with the true ancestors down your line. You are proving that you are related to the people you have been told are your people.
Backward basketball brackets, or pedigree charts as they are known in the genealogy world, come in many forms and you can get quite fancy with them. For a simple one, you can use the fillable six-generation chart at MGC’s website where you can type in the information, save it, and add more as you gain more information. If you want to get ornate, you can find free ones online, and we have several noted in our Pinterest board, Forest of Trees. There are all kinds of ways you can display your heritage charts: on quilts or pillows, on the wall, on t-shirts, or even on a tombstone!
So let’s take those basketball brackets, work backward, and see how many of the “Sweet Sixteen” teams of great-grandparents we can find. If you come to a blank in your chart that you can’t seem to find, come on in to the Midwest Genealogy Center and see if someone on our staff can help you discover the missing teams!
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