GeneaGlogger’s 2010 Winter Games, Task 4B

This task asks that I create a timeline using a free application; I used the suggest application, Timetoast.

This subject of this timeline is my dead-end great-grandfather, Charles Yuen/Ewen/Ewens/Yournd/Yearnd, about whom I have previously written.

The genealogy program I use, RootsMagic, displays a wonderful timeline in the individual’s view, but I tried this anyway.

To illustrate, I added a date of birth for every indirect source I had.  I also added his children’s births, which don’t show up on an individual’s detail screen. A weakness that I noted was that day, month and year were required.  To be honest, the farther in my research I travel, the less sure I am of dates.  Since many dates are hard to pin find myself using “about” or “between” quite often.  This tool did not allow for that, so that info had to be placed in the notes.

I prefer the list view, not because the timeline is not pretty, but because I can see all the information at one time, in the order they occurred. I do not have to click or highlight a dot to see an individual fact.  I can not make the list show here, but you can look at it that way from the public link.


    • TK on February 23, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Thanks for posting this, Pam. I’m working on a Timetoast timeline too, and finding it way more user-friendly than the Timerime line I posted Feb. 2. I’m glad to see what it looks like as an embed. I like the display better than Timerime also, but I do wish the embed included a way to see the list view, which is awesome, without leaving the blog. I haven’t tried printing out the list view yet, have you? I hope there’s a way to do that!
    .-= TK´s last blog ..Madness Monday: Genealogy of The Simpsons =-.

  1. Thanks, TK.

    I used it once, but didn’t use all the capabilities. I forgot to say that I had to adjust the pixel width of the chart before I embedded it. The screen where you grab the code allows this, so you just enter the width of your blog text box. I should have posted that I was disappointed that the “event description” field would not hold all the information I had for the census events. In some cases I had to shorten the information. I have not tried other tools, so I can’t compare. Remembering that it is free to use, it it nice for posting simple data.

    After doing this, for my personal research purposes, I still love the plain old excel spreadsheet. I can enter everything, see everything, and [sometimes] a tool like a timeline helps me think better.

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