Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Make an Ancestor's Timeline

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another great activity tonight.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

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.

4)  Share your Timeline creation on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook or Google+.

I’m working on writing up a story about Per Alfred Lundquist, the great-grandfather of my husband. 

I created it the same way that Randy did, using RootsMagic and printing out the Timeline (Chronology) List. I rarely use the timeline view, as in the Edit Person view, every event is in chronological order.

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  1. It takes more work, but what is interesting is to put this into a spreadsheet including significant cultural and political events. It helps put their lives into historical perspective. Who was king of Sweden when he was born? Who was president of the US when he immigrated? You get the picture. I've started this project for my immigrant ancestors. It is very interesting.


    1. Yes, that can be interesting to know. But I'd be careful about including such information in a family story unless it really mattered to their lives.


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