Family History Binder – Part 5 – Timelines and Maps

This is the fifth post in my Family History Binder series. Click here to go back to part 1.

The first page of each ancestor section contains a timeline of the person’s life along with a map showing the locations they lived. I put this sheet inside the  Avery Clear Pocket Label Dividers for each individual.

I use Family Tree Maker (FTM) to keep track of my research. As I input each fact into FTM, they are automatically put in chronological order. I then opened a spreadsheet and with the two programs side-by-side I was able to quickly type the information to create a timeline.

timeline

I also used Family Tree Maker to create the map. After clicking on the “places” tab (#1 in image below), I then changed the dropdown “list by” menu on the left to “person” (#2) and then selected the individual from the list (#3).

places

On the right side, I then checked the boxes (#4) next to the facts that I wanted to include in my map. This will only work if your locations are in the correct format. Then I zoomed (#5) so that the route was centered on the screen. You can then use the snipping tool on your computer to copy the map on the screen, but I found that clicking the “print” button (#6) and then printing as a pdf resulted in a cleaner look.

map-2

One of my individuals moved a few times in Kansas and then moved to Arizona and lived in a few different locations there. To show more detail, I decided to split it into two separate maps and used both.

2-maps

Once I had my maps, all I did was copy and paste them to the bottom of my timeline spreadsheet.

On the back of my timeline, I inserted a family group sheet. This gives me a list of all of the children of the individual. I again used Family Tree Maker to create mine, but here are a couple other options as well:

Blank Family Group Record

Blank Family Group Record with LDS Ordinances

Click here to go on to the next section about how I arranged the documents and sources for each individual.

9 thoughts on “Family History Binder – Part 5 – Timelines and Maps

  1. Karen Telford January 8, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    This (your binder) is an inspiration to me. I have been wanting to put my info into binders for my family and your format is the perfect solution! Thank you for sharing your work!

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  2. Linda Davis January 8, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    I was so motivated by looking at your binder steps, I started today and got my first binder and the sheet protectors. I had been wanting to organize my research of 30 years so anyone could look at it and know who everyone is and how they are connected. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Tina micheal Ruse January 9, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Love this series you are doing! It is so helpful to see what a regular person has done to share there work.You are a insperation!

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  4. Connie Phillips January 9, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    Thank you so much for the detailed illustrations as I am a visual learner and this is helping me greatly.

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  5. Janice January 9, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Love this idea! I’m going to try to get my research into binders, too. One question: Can you print directly from FTM instead of creating your own timeline?

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    • jessaroni January 10, 2017 / 10:57 am

      Yes ftm does have an option to print a timeline, but it doesn’t allow you to pick and choose which events to include. For most of my individuals I have alternate facts for their birth, death, immigration, etc so unless I wanted to show all of these alternates, I had to create my own.

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  6. Kathy January 9, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Thank you for giving me the inspiration to create my family history binder, and for sharing all your hard work. Can you please advise how you created the cover page and spine label for your binder. It looks great. Thanks again. Kathy

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    • jessaroni January 9, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      I designed both with Inkscape, a free software similar to Photoshop. They could also easily be done in Microsoft Word or possibly Paint.

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  7. Denise Phillips January 30, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Your Family History Binder – Part 3 doesn’t seem to be available anymore and the way you have arranged family in the Binder is the part I am most interested in. Is the link broken, or did you remove it?

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