I love using timelines for intricate or complicated ancestral research. Randy Seaver’s SNGF challenge this week is all about the timeline:
1) Do you use Timelines to help you in your research? Create a Timeline (a chronological list with dates and events) for one of your ancestors that includes their parents, siblings, spouse(s) and children. Tell us how you did it, and show us your work.
This was a quick activity because, like Randy, I also use RootsMagic 7 so I followed the same steps he did.
I went to Reports> Lists> Timeline (Chronology) List.
Because I’ve spent so much time lately untangling the Thompsons, I chose Thomas Thompson and my husband’s direct line descendants down to his great grandmother to include in the timeline.
It isn’t terribly long – but it does the job.
I have to admit, though, that when I create timelines, I prefer to use Excel and build it with my own research facts, collected as I work.
The benefit of Excel is that I can enter dates in any order and then sort by date when I am finished.
Thanks, Randy, for this week’s challenge. Timelines are a great, but underused, research tool for genealogists.