Ordering Up a Chronology

Reminder as we have mentioned this before: chronologies and chronological order can be helpful in sorting out your ancestor and her records.

Put the dates of events in your ancestor’s life in chronological order. This can be a good way to very quickly get a broad overview of what you know about the ancestor and see potential gaps in time where no records have been located. The scaffold of a chronology can be a starting point to writing an ancestral biography.

You may even want to include more than just one ancestor in a chronology–perhaps an entire family or a few key relatives.

Putting documents from a military pension, court case, probate file, etc. in chronological order can also help you to see the flow of process and paperwork over time.