US Timelines - Creation and Use with Families

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=== Introduction ===
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=== Introduction ===
  
A timeline is a chronological list of events for a person, family, or location.  This is helpful for analyzing events in a family by showing gaps in knowledge about a family or events that probably did not or could not happen for this family. Matching a family timeline with a location timeline can help determine the likelihood of a family's involvement in the events of a locality, such as wars,
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A timeline is a chronological list of events for a person, family, or location.  This is helpful for analyzing events in a family by showing gaps in knowledge about a family or events that probably did not or could not happen for this family. Matching a family timeline with a location timeline can help determine the likelihood of a family's involvement in the events of a locality, such as wars.
  
=== Before creating a timeline ===
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=== Before creating a timeline for a family  ===
  
Gather family group records for the family in question and look at timelines for the locality.  A family group record is a great source for the family events, even if the record if not complete.
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Gather family group records for the family in question.&nbsp; A family group record&nbsp;is a great source for the family events, even if the record is not complete.&nbsp; You can add additional information to the timeline as you find it, such as data from census records, land records, etc.&nbsp; Determining what was happening in the country or locality during an ancestors lifetime can also be helpful.<br>
  
 
=== Internet Timelines  ===
 
=== Internet Timelines  ===
  
[An image of the record]  
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An Internet site that allows you to customize a timeline by entering data about an ancestor, then shows what was happening in the world is [http://www.ourtimelines.com/ OurTimelin es.com]  
  
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Some other Internet sites with U.S. history timelines are:<br>  
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:•[http://www.historyguide.org/resources.html The History Guide]
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:•[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_history Timeline of United States history Wikipedia]
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:• American Educational History [http://www.eds-resources.com/educationhistorytimeline.html]
  
 
=== Tips  ===
 
=== Tips  ===
  
To fully analyze a family, add all the events in a family, including birth, deaths, marriages, divorces, census locations, military service, buying and selling land, etc.
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To analyze a family in depth, add all the events for a family, including census locations, military service, buying and selling land, etc. in addition to the births, deaths, marriages, and divorces<br>
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=== What to do next  ===
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*Once you have created the timeline, determine:
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:• The parents' ages when they married
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:• The mother's age when she had each child
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:• The age of each child when he/she married
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:• The age of each person when he/she died
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*Notice anything unusual, such as:
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:• The mother having a child at age 8 or marrying at age 10
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:• The father being 10 years younger than the mother
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:• 4 or more years between children
  
What to do next
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:• A child born after the mother or father was long dead
  
Terms
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*Decide if the father or any of the sons were the right ages.&nbsp; Click here for a [[Ages of Servicemen in Wars|list of American wars and the approximate birth years]] of those who fought in each war.
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**Click here for a list of general guesses to use until you can determine facts. <br>
  
=== Important Dates ===
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=== Related Content ===
  
=== See Also  ===
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McComas, Angela. [http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/fhd/Community/Mid_Continent_Library/Timelines...Lifelines/Player.html Timeline . . . Lifelines]. (8 minute online vidio)[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/researchcourses FamilySearch Research Classes Online, 2010.]
  
Ancestry.com,&nbsp;[http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=9184 The Perspective of Timelines]
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Revision as of 04:32, 30 September 2013

Contents

Introduction

A timeline is a chronological list of events for a person, family, or location.  This is helpful for analyzing events in a family by showing gaps in knowledge about a family or events that probably did not or could not happen for this family. Matching a family timeline with a location timeline can help determine the likelihood of a family's involvement in the events of a locality, such as wars.

Before creating a timeline for a family

Gather family group records for the family in question.  A family group record is a great source for the family events, even if the record is not complete.  You can add additional information to the timeline as you find it, such as data from census records, land records, etc.  Determining what was happening in the country or locality during an ancestors lifetime can also be helpful.

Internet Timelines

An Internet site that allows you to customize a timeline by entering data about an ancestor, then shows what was happening in the world is OurTimelin es.com

Some other Internet sites with U.S. history timelines are:

The History Guide
Timeline of United States history Wikipedia
• American Educational History [1]

Tips

To analyze a family in depth, add all the events for a family, including census locations, military service, buying and selling land, etc. in addition to the births, deaths, marriages, and divorces

What to do next

  • Once you have created the timeline, determine:
• The parents' ages when they married
• The mother's age when she had each child
• The age of each child when he/she married
• The age of each person when he/she died
  • Notice anything unusual, such as:
• The mother having a child at age 8 or marrying at age 10
• The father being 10 years younger than the mother
• 4 or more years between children
• A child born after the mother or father was long dead

Related Content

McComas, Angela. Timeline . . . Lifelines. (8 minute online vidio)FamilySearch Research Classes Online, 2010.