Report Formats

The elements of a report will vary with the type of report commissioned (single line, multiple lines, etc), with the evidence available. Not every element will necessarily be fully verified, as information may not be available, or required for the project in question, or because it would be the subject on future research.

Extract from a Report View extract

This is an individual extracted from a paternal line report. This individual died before statutory registration of births, deaths and marriages and before detailed information on individuals was collected in the national census; instead, it draws upon the epigraphic information from a family monument in Torthorwald kirkyard, and from the exceptionally well-detailed Old Parish Register for the same parish held by Scotland’s People.

Pedigree Chart View chart

When more than a single line is presented in a report, a pedigree chart will form part of the report, showing the home individual’s ancestry in graphic form. Most people will need one of these charts to make sense of their report, because without it, they lose track of who is who.
This is the chart for an individual from my own family tree.

Ancestor Report View report

This is a summarised version of the information presented in the main report. Just as with the pedigree chart, this is a vital aid for understanding your report. Again, the home individual here comes from my own family tree.

Army Service Report View report

This is an example of what can be achieved using surviving First World War records. This is the main body of a report on a distant relative of my own, without the supporting maps or most of the illustrations. It must also be noted that the subject had a nearly complete set of service records, and not every serviceman from the First World War will have left enough material for a report of this size.