US Timelines - Creation and Use with Families
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
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.
Some 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
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.
What to do next
Ancestry.com, The Perspective of Timelines