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 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. Also gather other information about the family, such as census records, land records, etc.
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