If you haven’t created a timeline for an ancestral family, take some time this week to create one. Assemble the records you have found chronologically and type summaries in a database in this order. Estimate dates based on the information you have and add the estimates in as well. Timelines are very helpful in placing your ancestor in a particular place and time and in noting inconsistencies. If you have already created timelines for your ancestors, do an audit and make sure they are current. And as an added bonus, the process of creating and updating these tools is a great way to jumpstart your research!
For more information on how to create a timeline, see our step-by-step instructions in the Ancestry Learning Center.