Week 34 of #52 Ancestors already and the theme is Timeline. Individual timelines are something I am starting to look at for my ancestors. I have lots of newspaper reports, probate records and other documents that have been downloaded for many of them and it was only recently whilst I was wondering how to note them so I remember their existence, that I realised I could add them to my family tree on Family Historian 7 as Facts and then they would appear in the timeline for that person. Another item for the To do list! I recently did this for a client report and it added more interesting information over and above the usual BMD dates and census returns.
An example timeline which does not include any extra facts and highlights some of which might be sought is as follows:
Phillis FUNNELL (1849-1947)
It includes timeline for close relatives, ie parents, spouse and children or I can choose to not include them.
I can see many uses of this timeline in the pursuit of my family tree:
What bits of information are missing from a person’s timeline?
What other useful information might be available for an ancestor?
It will also highlight areas an ancestor might have lived when dealing with gaps in census records for example or when trying to find where somebody was married when there is as so often, more than one choice.
If producing reports for family members it just makes it more interesting reading too.