Using Timelines in Your Genealogy

Timelines reveal a lot about your ancestors' lives. Learn how to create timelines for your family history as well as practical tips for using them in your research.

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Most commonly seen in museum exhibits, timelines can be a fantastic visual tool for telling your family history. But why should you use timelines in genealogy? Timelines reveal a lot about your ancestors' lives. 

In this independent study course, you'll learn how to create timelines for your family history as well as practical tips for using them in your research.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Tricks for using timelines to understand your ancestors’ lives
  • How to use timelines to tell your ancestor’s story
  • Strategies for using timelines to trouble-shoot your research
  • Tutorials for creating timelines using apps, templates and software online

Course Syllabus:

Why Use Timelines?

  • Introduction
  • Timeline Tricks for Genealogy (30-minute video)
  • Create a Personal Timeline (article)
  • The Times of Their Lives (article)
  • Create a Picture Timeline (article)

Create Your Timelines 

  • Cool Tools for Creating Timelines (30-minute video)
  • Quick Guide: Timeline Generators (article)
  • Treeline Tutorial (article)
  • Twile Tutorial (article)
  • Timeline templates
  • Examples of timelines

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Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R6873
Product Type Course
Runtime 2 weeks
Skill Level Beginner
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