Family History Timelines
A family history timeline is a list or map of events in an ancestor’s life, which includes:
Once the ancestor’s life details are recorded on the timeline, add relevant historical events from the town, county, state, country and world. The events will obviously vary with different eras and from place to place, but include events like:
With a timeline that encompasses the ancestor’s life as well as the local and world events surrounding them, it’s time to ask questions:
Timelines are good for stimulating creative thinking, which leads to questions and possible research pathways to expand on your family history. The added advantage is that by looking for ways to find additional information, you will find out more details about how your ancestors lived and how local and world events affected them.