Why Use Timelines
A timeline is a visual representation of events in sequential order. Timelines are often used in genealogy to place an ancestor in a historical context giving us a better understanding of their lives and how they fit into the world around them. Timelines can help break down brick walls allowing us to see:
- Where a person was and when.
- Gaps in time where information is missing.
- Instances where two people of the same name might be combined.
- Possible scenarios (for example, finding a large gap in the birth of children during the Civil War period).
But also keep in mind timelines are a great basis for writing biographies and genealogies, as well as a visual component to share with others.
Timelines are great tools to help us put our research in a different perspective. The visual nature of a timeline often reveals clues for additional research. There are three general types of timelines: basic, comparative, and historical.
With our Skill-Building: Breaking Down Brick Walls course you will learn more about building your own timelines and how to use them in your research.