Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Make an Ancestor’s Timeline

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week the mission was:

1) Have you created a Timeline for one of your ancestors using a genealogy software program (e.g., Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, Legacy, Reunion, etc.) or an online family Tree (e.g., Ancestry Member Tree, FamilySearch Family Tree, Geni, MyHeritage, etc.), or in a spreadsheet (e.g., Excel)?

2)  If not, try to create a timeline using the program/website of your choice.  If so, create another one for the ancestor of your choice!

3)  Show us your Timeline creation, and tell us how you did it.  Which program/website, the process you used, and how you captured the images to display your timeline.

4)  Share your Timeline creation on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook or Google+.

I have used Timelines before. In my posts about Getting Organized with Microsoft Access, I have shown how I set up my database so that I could generate my own timeline for each person.  The main family tree program I use is Legacy Family Tree, which has a Chronology tab, and I have also used this feature quite a bit.

For this post, I have decided to create a timeline for my great grandfather, Joseph Whimpey, using Legacy Family Tree.

This is the default:

Joseph Whimpey timeline

By clicking on the Report Style, there is also the option to display it in List Style.

timeline list

Down the bottom there is also an Options button – the options to begin with are Display Options, Report, Compare Two People and Help.

This is the Chronology Report Display Options screen

display options

As you can see, there are a lot of options available.

You can also generate a Chronology Report.  This is the default.

chronology report

To modify the Chronology Report, you need to use the Report Options tab in Chronology Display Options.

I modified these setting as follows, to create a report that was similar to the Chronology tab.

chronology modified


chronology report modified

The Chronology Report can be saved as a PDF file.  There was no option to save any of the above as images.  These images were created using the Windows Snipping tool.

This is part of the timeline for my great grandfather in my Microsoft Access database.  Although I don’t have as many options for how the information is displayed, my database shows all the information I have for him, from all the documents I have.  From this, I can decide what to add to my Legacy Family Tree.

Timeline in Access

Background of featured image is a photo from Unsplash – Photo by Billy Pasco