Now that I’m back in my regular routine I skipped through my notes to see what project I was working on. I have a desk top full of various size notes with all sorts of scribbles, but I’ll deal with that later. Right now I wanted to see what my latest, greatest idea was. It was to start a timeline on some ancestors. I wanted to put the really important events in their life together so I could study it and maybe come to some conclusions as to why they did just what they did! You may have read my post a couple of weeks ago on timelines here.
So I started out googling genealogy timelines for macs. My thought was to do a timeline with computer software so I could arrange, rearrange or add events. Neatness was a big consideration too!
It was a tough go looking for timeline templates. After looking at many, which were only for pc’s, and finding just one for my mac (@ $19.95 it was too much for this timeline novice) it occurred to me to check my own genealogy software. I know, I know. Why didn’t I do that first? Beats me! Some days I start at the end or even in the middle!
After opening my Reunion program and searching my online manual . . . Voila! There it is, the who’s and how’s of timelines. It took the afternoon to get the basics down but as you can see, ”Houston, we have a timeline!”
Rebecca Holmes Williams Timeline
I choose my g-g-grandmother Rebecca Holmes Williams as my first timeline recipient. I feel such a closeness to her and wanted to understand her life a bit better. I wonder why a passel of this family moved from eastern Ohio to western Ohio during the Civil War. Why her husband, my g-g-grandfather didn’t serve in the Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the war and how she coped losing four sons as infants and toddlers. Rebecca did have three daughters live to be adults yet she buried two of them as well! My g-g-grandmother had to be quite a woman, tough as nails! I know this timeline will help me with all my questions.
I put the family’s vital information above the bar and the extenuating events of their life below it. The distinction between the two will help my see a correlation of events, I hope.
My next step is to do some hard-core research and reading. I need to find the history of Tuscarawas County, floods, droughts, fear of war spilling into their community. More info on the children and as I find something pertinent, add it to my timeline. Hopefully many “events” will also unlock answers!
So meet me back here two weeks from today. We’ll see how my project has progressed and if I’m any further in my research.
How about you? Have you started some timelines? Do you have any tips for me? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!