Would you like to see your ancestor’s life events in a visual context that is quick and easy to look at? Our genealogists are experts at preparing family history timelines!
The Full Picture: Family History Timelines
Mapping out the events and details of your ancestors’ lives on a timeline can help you see a more complete picture of them as a person. It’s an excellent way to put your information together in a way that is fast and easy to view and understand. Creating family history timelines can also help highlight details that you might not otherwise notice. For example, maybe you found your ancestor’s marriage record, but didn’t realize that his parents’ deaths both occurred before that time. When you map it out on a timeline those details are brought to light.
Historical Events & Family History Timelines
And then you can take it a step further and add historical events to the timeline as well. Seeing historical events superimposed with the dates and places of your ancestors’ lives helps put emotion and feeling into the story of their lives as you consider why they might have emigrated from their home country or how they might have felt during certain times of their lives. Maybe you didn’t realize that they actually left Ireland during the potato famine – possibly because their family was starving – or that the year four of their children died was a year that 60% of the population of their town died of the same illness.
Custom Family History Timelines
Family history timelines can be created in a variety of different ways and can be tailored to fit what you want to show. You could create one for each ancestor, or one per ancestral family. Or maybe you want a multi-generational timeline that shows the immigration route of your family from 200 years ago up until today. There’s no standard format a timeline has to take, and that’s part of what makes them so fun to create! There are a few software programs available that will generate timelines for you based on the information in your GEDCOM file, and those can be fun to work with, or you can design your own using anything from a pen and paper to a complicated computer program.
Our Team of Professional Genealogists Can Help
If you are interested in creating a family history timeline for a person or family in your family tree, our experts can help by locating the details about their lives and the places where they lived, as well as finding out details about the historical events that would have affected them during their lives. With experience working with all kinds of genealogical records – both common and obscure – we’ll find as many pieces of information as possible so that you have all the details needed to map out a timeline that can be shared with the rest of your family.