Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Make a Timeline Report for an Ancestor

I learned something new this week with Randy Seaver’s Saturdy Night Genealogy Fun challenge:

1) Have you created a Timeline for one of your ancestors using a genealogy software program (e.g., Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, Legacy, Reunion, etc.) or an online family tree (e.g., Ancestry Member Tree, FamilySearch Family Tree, Geni, MyHeritage, etc.), or in a spreadsheet (e.g., Excel)?

2)  If not, try to create a timeline using the program/website of your choice.  If so, create another one for the ancestor of your choice!

3)  Show us your Timeline creation, and tell us how you did it.  Which program/website, the process you used, and how you captured the images to display your timeline.

Like Randy, I use RootsMagic 7 and I followed his steps to create the two timeline views for my grandfather, Vernon Tarbox Adams (1899-1968):

I found this view to be a bit messy to work with because I had to expand the screen view to see the information. I much prefer the timeline view that looks more like a Word document:

I think this view is a lot easier to read.

I use Snagit as my clipping tool.

I purchased it several years ago because it also allows me to add pointing arrows in my images and does many other things besides.

Thank you, Randy, for this week’s challenge. I learned about the second way to create a timeline. I have been using the second image format and think I will continue to do so.


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