This Straightforward Technique Will Help You Uncover Missed Facts About Your Ancestors
by Amanda Sullivan
Of the many techniques we have at our disposal for researching our ancestors, timelines can be among the most eye-opening and, yet, they are often forgotten–buried in an endless genealogy to-do list or put off for some future rainy day when we have more time. But they can be the best way to avoid missing critical information about our ancestors–information that we need to grow our trees and break down brick walls.
Timelines are a uniquely important research tool. When done correctly, they can aid us in sorting out the “where,” “when,” and “why,” of our ancestor’s lives – shedding new light on the important events of those who came before us. And they can help us identify holes and inconsistencies, making new possibilities for research visible for the first time.