US Timelines - Creation and Use with Families

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=== Introduction  ===
 
=== 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 for a family  ===
 
=== Before creating a timeline for a family  ===
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Some other Internet sites with U.S. history timelines are:<br>
 
Some other Internet sites with U.S. history timelines are:<br>
  
:• State History Guide Resources [http://www.shgresources.com/us/timeline/ Chronological History Timeline of the United States]  
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:• State History Guide Resources [http://www.shgresources.com/us/timeline/ Chronological History Timeline of the United States]
  
:• Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_history Timeline of United States history]  
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:• Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_history Timeline of United States history]
  
 
:• American Educational History [http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/educationhistorytimeline.html Timeline]
 
:• American Educational History [http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/educationhistorytimeline.html Timeline]
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:• A child born after the mother or father was long dead
 
:• A child born after the mother or father was long dead
  
*Decide if the father or any of the sons were the right ages.&nbsp; Click here for a [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/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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*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.  
 
**Click here for a list of general guesses to use until you can determine facts. <br>
 
**Click here for a list of general guesses to use until you can determine facts. <br>
  
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*Ancestry.com,&nbsp;[http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=9184 The Perspective of Timelines]  
 
*Ancestry.com,&nbsp;[http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=9184 The Perspective of Timelines]  
*McComas, Angela. [http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/fhd/Community/Mid_Continent_Library/Timelines...Lifelines/Player.html Timeline . . . Lifelines]. (8 minute online vidio) [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/education/frameset_education.asp?PAGE=education_research_series_online.asp%3FActiveTab=2 FamilySearch Research Classes Online], 2010.
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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) [[library/education/frameset_education.asp?PAGE=education_research_series_online.asp%3FActiveTab=2|FamilySearch Research Classes Online]], 2010.
  
 
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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 if 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 OurTimelines.com

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

• State History Guide Resources Chronological History Timeline of the United States
• Wikipedia Timeline of United States history
• American Educational History Timeline

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

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