Timelines at FamilySearch

FamilySearch.org has just updated the person pages in the Family Tree. The streamlined menu at the top of the page makes it easier to get to the information you need.


A new tool added to the person page is the Time Line. Here you see the Time Line with the Map feature is turned on. It displays the location of each time line element for this person. In this example it shows where Marjorie was born (Georgia), where she got married (Mexico) where her husband died (near Japan) and where she died (Florida).

Using the command buttons at the top of the Time Line you can Add events, use the Show button to filter which events and relationships you would like to see and turn the Map on or off. The green icons in the timeline are used to describe what kind of events or relationships you are viewing.

The Add button makes it easy to add even more events to this timeline. In addition to the “vital” events, you will find a number of other events including things like occupation, residence, military service and more. There is even a custom event option for events unique to your ancestor.

At the moment, the Time Line is only available on the desktop version of FamilySearch.org. I’m hoping it will soon also be accessible in the mobile apps too. Wouldn’t that be awesome!

Protecting Your Genealogy Research

What will happen to your genealogy research once you are gone? Do you have a plan?

There is a simple and affordable way to protect your research and insure it will still be accessible after you are gone. Even better, this resource will help you grow your family tree and it costs you nothing! All you need to do is import your family tree into FamilySearch.org.

The LDS Church has made family history a mission. For more than a century, they have collected, preserved and shared genealogy records and resources worldwide. We can thank the church members who have collected and digitized an amazing archive of records from around the world and made them available to all of us at no cost. Their Family Tree component gives you a view of your family, but that’s only a small part of it. Instead of creating a tree for each user, FamilySearch is building one amazing tree while sharing your part of it with you.

FamilySearch mobile app

This has research advantages for you. You will meet cousins you never knew existed and often they have research to share. There are also elements which make it possible to add photos and memories to help bring your ancestors to life. If you choose to post photos, letters, diaries and other ephemera to an ancestor’s Memories, those memories will be insured a long and fruitful life. Along the way, your research cousins will have added their own memories which add even more to your research too.

But that’s just the beginning. FamilySearch offers free apps for desktop and mobile devices to build your trees. In addition to documenting the information you have about your ancestors, FamilySearch continuously searches their massive archives and posts hints to records that look like they relate to one of your ancestors.

Memories screen in iOS appAlong with that, there’s also an amazing amount of research support. There’s something for everyone – from beginner to experienced family historians. The Help menu on the desktop apps includes the Help Center, Learning Center, Research Wiki and even consultants if you need them.

The research, memories, documents and photos you collect in FamilySearch will always be available to you and your research cousins online while the originals are maintained by experienced archivists and stored in their Granite Mountain Records Vault – “a long-term storage facility designed for preservation”.

Find It on the Internet Archive

I am trying to learn more about my ancestors’ involvement in Ewing College. My first stop was at the Internet Archive and I hit gold! Turns out my great-great grandfather’s brother was one of the founders of the school.

A search for “Ewing College” delivered a gold mine. There were several editions of the Bulletin of Ewing College and the Catalogue of Officers and Students. Best of all, there was a copy of The History of Ewing College.
Excerpt from Ewing College History

In addition to describing Robert Link’s efforts for the college, there is also a significant amount of genealogical information in this profile. The photograph was icing on the cake. Robert’s nephew and my great grandfather, Samuel Albert Link, would later attend Ewing College. He also made education his career.

Internet Archive’s collection of documents, publications and other historical information continues to grow. Their search engine is quite impressive and, once you find a publication, you can easily search within its contents. Most of these publications are public domain and can be downloaded in the format of your choice.

There is no cost to use the Internet Archive, but it wouldn’t hurt to hit the DONATE button every once in a while.