Genealogy Tips

Using timelines to plan your research

Amy Johnson Crow has just started a series 31 Days to Better Genealogy.  The tip in day 1 was to decide what you want to find.  The tip for day 2 is timelines. In my post Tips for deciding what to research I mentioned that before deciding what information you want to find, you needed to look at what information you already have.  Timelines are an ideal way of doing that.

The family tree program I mainly use is Legacy Family Tree (Deluxe version), and their chronology view is ideal for viewing what information you already have.

Alfred Docwra chronology

One good thing is that Legacy’s chronology view also shows the notes for the person.  In the above instance, the 1841 England Census, and Alfred’s immigration are missing, but looking at the notes, I see that I have included this information there.

notes in chronology view

In order to create a better timeline in the chronology, I should create new Events for the 1841 Census and Immigration records.  This would also help me keep track of the source of this information.

By following the chronology, I can see what information I have, and what information I may be missing.  This will help me plan further research.