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Issue: Jun 13, 2013

Family Time Line
Frequently Asked Questions
If your Family Time Line question is not listed here, or if you need further information,
please send us an email at feedback@mytrees.com


What is a family time line?

A Family Time Line is a graphic representation of a family unit's important life events (including birth, marriage, and death). In MyTrees Online, a family unit is a husband and wife and any children they may have had. You can open a time line for any family by clicking that family's surname from your pedigree chart and then selecting the "Family Time Line" link. This will open the time line in a separate pop-up window. Here's an example of what a family time line looks like in MyTrees Online:

As you can see, each family member (beginning with the parents) is listed by name at the left of the time line. Each column represents a decade, progressing from left to right. Along the time line, vital life events are indicated by the following icons:

  • - Birth
  • - Marriage
  • - Death
When you are done viewing the Time Line, you can close the pop-up window by clicking the "Close X" button in the top right corner.

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How do I view the time line for my ancestor's family?

When you are viewing your pedigree chart, you can bring up a family time line by clicking on the family's surname. This will bring up an Edit Family menu. From there click the "Family Time Line" link. The time line will then appear in a smaller pop-up window.

If the family you wish to view a time line for is not currently displayed on your pedigree chart, use the List Families icon from the toolbar at the top of the pedigree chart to locate them. Once you have located the family in the list, click their names to be taken to their family group record. From there, click the Reset Tree icon from the toolbar. That family should now be shown in the first position of your pedigree chart.

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How do I use the time line links?

When you are viewing a time line for a specific family, you can use the following icons to view a time line for the families of either the parents or married children:

  • - If parents have been listed for either spouse currently displayed on your time line, a blue up arrow will appear next to his/her name. Click on this arrow to be taken to the new time line.
  • - When you are viewing a time line, you can click the marriage icon for any child to be taken to the time line for his/her family.
While viewing a time line, you can jump to any family member's individual record by clicking his or her first name. That will cause the individual record to appear in the main window, allowing you to view or edit his/her personal information.

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How can a family time line help my research?

Time lines are an excellent way to keep track of what information you have already gathered about an individual or family, and what information you still need to find. The first rule of genealogical research is to start with what you know, so that you don't end up duplicating research that you already have. The new Family Time Line feature makes it easy for you to see, at a glance, what vital information you still need to find for a specific family.

In addition to pointing out what information you do or do not have about a family, a time line can also point out incongruities in your research. For example, if you look at the sample time line above, you'll notice that the first child, Samuel, is shown as having been born eight years before his parents were married. Since that would make his mother only eleven years old at the time of his birth, we can assume there is some kind of error. In this case, a typo switched his birth year form 1821 (a year after his parents' marriage) to 1812.

Also, if you look at the pattern of childbirth in this family, you will notice a gap of eight years between the third and fourth children. While it is possible that there were simply no children born between those years, it is likely that we are missing a child or two. It would certainly be worth looking into.

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Issue: Jun 13, 2013

Family Time Line
Frequently Asked Questions
If your Family Time Line question is not listed here, or if you need further information,
please send us an email at feedback@mytrees.com


What is a family time line?

A Family Time Line is a graphic representation of a family unit's important life events (including birth, marriage, and death). In MyTrees Online, a family unit is a husband and wife and any children they may have had. You can open a time line for any family by clicking that family's surname from your pedigree chart and then selecting the "Family Time Line" link. This will open the time line in a separate pop-up window. Here's an example of what a family time line looks like in MyTrees Online:

As you can see, each family member (beginning with the parents) is listed by name at the left of the time line. Each column represents a decade, progressing from left to right. Along the time line, vital life events are indicated by the following icons:

  • - Birth
  • - Marriage
  • - Death
When you are done viewing the Time Line, you can close the pop-up window by clicking the "Close X" button in the top right corner.

Return to Topics


How do I view the time line for my ancestor's family?

When you are viewing your pedigree chart, you can bring up a family time line by clicking on the family's surname. This will bring up an Edit Family menu. From there click the "Family Time Line" link. The time line will then appear in a smaller pop-up window.

If the family you wish to view a time line for is not currently displayed on your pedigree chart, use the List Families icon from the toolbar at the top of the pedigree chart to locate them. Once you have located the family in the list, click their names to be taken to their family group record. From there, click the Reset Tree icon from the toolbar. That family should now be shown in the first position of your pedigree chart.

Return to Topics


How do I use the time line links?

When you are viewing a time line for a specific family, you can use the following icons to view a time line for the families of either the parents or married children:

  • - If parents have been listed for either spouse currently displayed on your time line, a blue up arrow will appear next to his/her name. Click on this arrow to be taken to the new time line.
  • - When you are viewing a time line, you can click the marriage icon for any child to be taken to the time line for his/her family.
While viewing a time line, you can jump to any family member's individual record by clicking his or her first name. That will cause the individual record to appear in the main window, allowing you to view or edit his/her personal information.

Return to Topics


How can a family time line help my research?

Time lines are an excellent way to keep track of what information you have already gathered about an individual or family, and what information you still need to find. The first rule of genealogical research is to start with what you know, so that you don't end up duplicating research that you already have. The new Family Time Line feature makes it easy for you to see, at a glance, what vital information you still need to find for a specific family.

In addition to pointing out what information you do or do not have about a family, a time line can also point out incongruities in your research. For example, if you look at the sample time line above, you'll notice that the first child, Samuel, is shown as having been born eight years before his parents were married. Since that would make his mother only eleven years old at the time of his birth, we can assume there is some kind of error. In this case, a typo switched his birth year form 1821 (a year after his parents' marriage) to 1812.

Also, if you look at the pattern of childbirth in this family, you will notice a gap of eight years between the third and fourth children. While it is possible that there were simply no children born between those years, it is likely that we are missing a child or two. It would certainly be worth looking into.

Return to Topics

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Site FAQs
Issue: Jun 13, 2013

Family Time Line
Frequently Asked Questions
If your Family Time Line question is not listed here, or if you need further information,
please send us an email at feedback@mytrees.com


What is a family time line?

A Family Time Line is a graphic representation of a family unit's important life events (including birth, marriage, and death). In MyTrees Online, a family unit is a husband and wife and any children they may have had. You can open a time line for any family by clicking that family's surname from your pedigree chart and then selecting the "Family Time Line" link. This will open the time line in a separate pop-up window. Here's an example of what a family time line looks like in MyTrees Online:

As you can see, each family member (beginning with the parents) is listed by name at the left of the time line. Each column represents a decade, progressing from left to right. Along the time line, vital life events are indicated by the following icons:

  • - Birth
  • - Marriage
  • - Death
When you are done viewing the Time Line, you can close the pop-up window by clicking the "Close X" button in the top right corner.

Return to Topics


How do I view the time line for my ancestor's family?

When you are viewing your pedigree chart, you can bring up a family time line by clicking on the family's surname. This will bring up an Edit Family menu. From there click the "Family Time Line" link. The time line will then appear in a smaller pop-up window.

If the family you wish to view a time line for is not currently displayed on your pedigree chart, use the List Families icon from the toolbar at the top of the pedigree chart to locate them. Once you have located the family in the list, click their names to be taken to their family group record. From there, click the Reset Tree icon from the toolbar. That family should now be shown in the first position of your pedigree chart.

Return to Topics


How do I use the time line links?

When you are viewing a time line for a specific family, you can use the following icons to view a time line for the families of either the parents or married children:

  • - If parents have been listed for either spouse currently displayed on your time line, a blue up arrow will appear next to his/her name. Click on this arrow to be taken to the new time line.
  • - When you are viewing a time line, you can click the marriage icon for any child to be taken to the time line for his/her family.
While viewing a time line, you can jump to any family member's individual record by clicking his or her first name. That will cause the individual record to appear in the main window, allowing you to view or edit his/her personal information.

Return to Topics


How can a family time line help my research?

Time lines are an excellent way to keep track of what information you have already gathered about an individual or family, and what information you still need to find. The first rule of genealogical research is to start with what you know, so that you don't end up duplicating research that you already have. The new Family Time Line feature makes it easy for you to see, at a glance, what vital information you still need to find for a specific family.

In addition to pointing out what information you do or do not have about a family, a time line can also point out incongruities in your research. For example, if you look at the sample time line above, you'll notice that the first child, Samuel, is shown as having been born eight years before his parents were married. Since that would make his mother only eleven years old at the time of his birth, we can assume there is some kind of error. In this case, a typo switched his birth year form 1821 (a year after his parents' marriage) to 1812.

Also, if you look at the pattern of childbirth in this family, you will notice a gap of eight years between the third and fourth children. While it is possible that there were simply no children born between those years, it is likely that we are missing a child or two. It would certainly be worth looking into.

Return to Topics

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