Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Biographical Timelines, a Useful Tool for Genealogists

I've used timelines for my own personal research for many years. They're a great way to summarize the facts from the documents you've collected, and they help to highlight areas that you've missed. So, I was thinking they might be a good way of highlighting some of the resources gathered and published by Genealogy Today.

There are a lot of different types of documents and transcriptions on my web site, and this new area will be a way of stitching together the pieces for individuals. In addition, lots of new information is being added just for the biographical timelines.

The first step in the process was gathering up all of the ancestors for whom dates of birth and death were known (or at least death and age). Some of these were rolled out to the site with just birth/death years, while I go back at review/capture additional information. While over 100 citations are being added to the timelines almost every day, it will take some time before the content is consistently more substantial across the pages.

Visitors are welcome to contribute documents (links to online transcription or database records, scanned images and/or photocopies) to the project. Sorry, but the timelines in this project will all be substantiated with citable references, so you may not send in an email with facts you may "know" and request that a person be added.

Stop by and take a look. If you don't see any of your ancestors today, take a look tomorrow... you never know who'll show up unannounced!

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