Mapping Your Ancestors' Religions and then Writing a Historical Chronology
A Historical Chronology includes all relevant events from your ancestors' lives set in the context of historical events and written into an interesting and creative narrative rather than reporting facts.
Migration research will help you discover: a place of origin, a previous hometown, or a place where an ancestor settled, or biographical details such as what they experienced, or with whom they traveled on their journey and clues to finding other records.
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Genealogy software like RootsMagic or Legacy can generate a genealogy timeline much like the one for Mary Sloan Justice, but it provides only basic names, dates and locations.
A Historical Chronology includes all relevant events of your ancestors' lives set in the context of historical events and written into an interesting and creative narrative rather than reporting of the facts. Here are the objectives for a document.
You will organize an ancestor's life in chronological order, down to the smallest detail.
You will identify gaps in overlapping events and conflicting data.
You will see where more research is needed to resolve issues or strengthen your proofs or suppositions.
Most importantly, Writing a Historical Chronology is the first step to expanding your family history into a lengthy biography of your ancestor or compiling your cluster families into one family history book.
What do you need to Get Started?
a 3-ring binder;
your pedigree charts, or start with the basic information you have on your family.
What is required?
Basic genealogy practices with sound, reliable research. Don't make assumptions. Prove your ancestors as you go.
Create pedigree charts and reports from your database. I use RootsMagic software, but any database can generate charts and reports. You might want to narrow your date and location range. For example, 1740-1819 is the lifespan of Mary Sloan Justice which sets down the basic facts of her life.
Organize every record, document or report beginning with the earliest time in your ancestors' lives. Follow the format below to extract dates, places, and type of information taken from the document.
Find Maps that show migration routes. Some maps shows only migration trends.
Google "Images" to find Migration Maps of specific times and places.
Chronology Mary Sloan Justice up to 1769
Now, you might be really ambitious and wish to create an Ancestors' Snapshot based on your Mapping Ancestors research. Here is a great example of what I created for my earliest ancestors.
Early Migrations due to Religious and Political Upheavals of European Monarchies led to the 1638-1776 widespread movement of people from Sweden and Finland (Lutherans) and from Germany and Switzerland (Anabaptists, Lutherans and Mennonites) and from England (Anglicans and Quakers)