Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze Your Research

Cari Taplin, CG
Feb 22, 2019
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Speaker's Introduction
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Tips for Analysis
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An Example
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Timeline Software
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About this webinar

In-depth and difficult research tasks create large amounts of data to compare and analyze. Discover analysis methods using tables and timelines to solve problems.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Cari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Ca
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    5 (won’t let me click on a number) Great examples – I made a quick timeline this morning to answer a question. It worked for my purpose, but now I know how to make it better. Thanks!


    A great explanation of timelines. Thank you.

    Actually inspired me to try spreadsheets

    Although I use timelines a fair amout there were some new ideas today. Thanks

    Always good to use some kind of organizer to see the history unfold before your eyes.

    Basic info, well-organized.

    Beautifully organized – both the talk and examples and the syllabus. Learned MANY new things!

    being a visual person, i feel the techniques learned today will be very valuable for me to help me see my place on a person’s research because i tend to jump around a lot. Will start doing this right away with my research. Very logical progression of learning in the presentation content. Thanks!

    Better utilizing timelines is a natural fit for the way I analyze and process information. It’s past time for me to incorporate this into my family history research. I’m feeling motivated!

    Brilliant webinar, now need to go back and rewatch the webinar to plan my new Timelines..

    Cari did a good job of explaining why and how to use timelines

    Cari did a great job of making the information relevant

    Cari did a great job.

    Cari has a really comfortable presentation style. Her suggestions about timelines are very helpful.

    Cari is so enthusiastic about this subject!!!!!!!!! Lots to learn! Thank you very much.

    Cari is very knowledgeable and taught us with her many examples that timelines can really be the answer to breaking down brick walls and also for seeing what is missing. I love the comparing 2 people with the same name to determine who is who. Thanks again for the great webinar!

    Cari made a compelling argument for the use of timelines for both analysis and communication. Really well done and accessible to all levels!

    Cari was excellent. I can’t wait to get started on some timelines. I had never thought about using a dry erase board…. a great tip.

    Easy to follow. Easy to understand.

    Especially liked the additional resources listed at the end – fancy timelines, etc.



    Excellent and easy to understand.

    Excellent information that will be very useful in the future.

    Excellent presentation

    excellent presentation

    Excellent presentation and great ideas!

    Excellent presentation.

    Excellent speaker. More good stuff for timelines that I hadn’t considered.

    Excellent topic, tools, tips and examples!

    Excellent webinar!

    Excellent! I LOVE these methodology webinars!! Thank you!!!

    Excellent. Thank you.

    Extremely informative, giving great reasons for doing timelines for your ancestors. My next goal.

    Glad for Geoff’s demo at end, since I use Legacy’s timelines.

    Good examples on how to implement and use a good genealogical tool.

    Good general introduction

    Good inspiration to try timelines in my research methodology. Thanks,

    Good presentation with another way to help me organize my research and keep me on track.

    Good reminder to use tools to organize research. where did I put those highlighters? 🙂

    Good stuff!

    Good tips, good sources of other world event timelines noted…as well as tools to use. examples made sense…etc! Thank you!!”

    Good tips. I need to start using spreadsheets.

    Good to learn of various programs used to create timelines. Legacy works just fine for me.

    great – as usual

    Great !!

    Great enthusiasm!

    Great examples, more would be even better! Very good speaker.

    Great explanation of timelines. Anxious to apply it to my research.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    Great ideas!

    Great info! Inspiring!!!

    Great Info…love timelines!!

    Great information and tips. Well-organized presentation. Enjoyed the speaker very much and will be watching more of her webinars. The handout is fabulous! I will be consulting it regularly.

    Great information from a great and knowledgeable instructor

    Great Information!

    Great information–really got me thinking a little more creatively! Thank you!

    Great job. Just needed to go back to work.

    Great presentation and one of the better syllabuses (syllabi?) that I’ve seen – thanks Cari!

    Great presentation by Cari. She makes timelines easy to create.

    Great presentation. Learned several new ideas to help sort out individuals of the same name.

    Great presentation; gave me lots of useful ideas! Thanks.

    Great Stuff!

    Great Thinking & offering different options of how to create a timeline.

    Great way to analyze the data you have, especially for visually centered people.

    Great webinar on using timelines to analyze your research.

    Great webinar!

    Great webinar!

    Great webinar. Interesting and clearly given. Time to work on timelines! Thank you for another fantastic webinar.


    I already use spreadsheet, table and paragraph style timelines so I feel well-qualified to say she covered the topic excellently. Her addition of online timeline creators and tools was very helpful and some of it new to me. I’m definitely checking out

    I always talk about how historical events are important in a tree for many reasons, but i learned a whole lot today about that!

    I am a constant user of spreadsheets for family group timelines and Cari’s presentation gave me some new ideas! Thanks

    I am a great believer in timelines mainly use them to solve problems or issues.

    Thank-you so much for making this available to people like me. I live 24/7 on a hobby farm and know there are fabulous resources not too far from me, but I have so many responsibilities, I rarely get more than an hour or three for my personal interests. Great topic. Great speaker.

    I am sad, watching such beautiful presentations, and I realize how far I am with my family tree from what I could and what I would like to achieve. MyHeritage has allowed me to significantly increase the number of members of the tree, but I have so little information and facts about my ancestors

    I can do this ! Yes I can !

    I do want to learn to use timelines more. I can see I need to learn the legacy chronology better. Thanks.

    I enjoyed it and definitely feel more confident in what I’ve been doing to build timelines – almost always done to sort out possible multiple people of the same name.

    I had just realized I needed to do a timeline so the timing of this webinar was perfect for me! I also learned that there are some available so maybe I don’t need to ‘reinvent the wheel.” Thank you so much!

    I joined late – but really appreciate this topic

    I just got home in time to see the end, waiting now to watch the beginning.

    I learned a lot! Excellent speaker.

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    I learned to do timelines in college during an American History class. The professor had us do genealogy and incorporate historical facts in our timeline. Thanks for reminding me of History Class!

    I liked the comparison timeline chart and the many new sources I learned about.

    I love spreadsheets. It was great to see and hear more ideas.

    I love using timelines and getting different perspectives, new ideas, understanding how others use them, etc. all helps improve our research, visuals and getting others involved. This webinar was very informative and excellent. Thank you

    I loved it! So much good info. Very practical and helpful! Thank you.

    I loved the confidence of the presenter and sharing her own research. The presenter gave good reasons as to the value of placing information into a context for the research subject. I was particularly intrigued about today’s topic as I started a similar project. The seminar reinforced my own research methods and also provided me with a few more resources to utilize of which I had not been aware until now. Thank you for another stellar professional webinar!

    I really like the samples shown using Excel spreadsheets for timelines. Also, appreciate all the online resources to check out for timelines. Great webinar!

    I thought it was great. I am a visual and I loved the visuals so I could follow along.

    I use these but she gave me many new ideas. Very helpful and well organized. Thanks.

    I was very impressed with all the topics discussed by Cari. You gave some wonderful ideas to pursue and look forward to starting my timelines. I really enjoyed this webinar and plan on attending other ones now. Thank you so much.

    I will be looking for more by Cari Taplin, examples were general enough to be of interest to those of us researching outside of the USA.

    If there was a 10+ on this rating I would give Cari Taplin, CG a perfect 10 and then some!!!! She delivered a clear, concise, informative, and interesting webinar today! I LOVED IT ALL!!! Congratulations Cari on a very fine delivery. You have inspired me to compare two different similar names in my research and this will make it more clear who is who. Thanks again! Are you doing any other webinars???? Sign me up!

    Information arranged in a way that I had not considered before. Appreciate Cari’s organizational skills and her ability to tell us how we can approach this timely topic. Thank y ou.


    It was great!!!

    I’ve been needing to “do” a timeline for a DAR patriot to show that my guy is the one listed. I think this will help me tremendously. Great webinar

    I’ve been procrastinating about using a timeline but I now realize how much easier my searching will become. Filling in blanks is awesome when a person is more aware of where they might be. I’m anxioue to use my spreadsheet to increase my progress. Thank you SO much, Cari!

    Learned about some great new sources regarding timelines I will certainly put to use. Thanks Cari and Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

    Learned several new things about spreadsheets.

    Learned so many new things…resources. Ordered my history book as you started. Will listen to this a second time once it is posted.

    Learned some new things!

    Liked the references to websites and that they were given in the Chat box

    Lots of ideas that I’ll use.

  4. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    lots of resources for timelines were offered. Increases my appreciation for and interest in Timelines.

    Love tmelines.. and she had so many good suggestions. Thanks

    Loved this webinar. Gave me some new ideas on a frequently used method.

    Many great ideas for starting a timeline!

    Much useful information and good demonstration of validity of this method.

    Never knew how useful timelines could be! I use the one in Legacy, but doing an additional Excel one looks like it’ll be very useful to me. Thank you.

    One of the best webinars I’ve listened to, and all of them have been good!!!

    One of the most interesting and informative webinars yet. Great

    Packed with so mush info and resources. Great job.

    Really good suggestions I would never have thought of and I am an addict of spreadsheets and timelines, as is my son, so I am sending your presentation to him now. Thank you for sharing your work.

    She made the task seem doable. I need to give it a try.

    She was good. I know about timelines already but she added to that knowledge and was a good speaker.

    So easy to listen to and understand.

    So informative; great tool to use to further understanding ancestors Thank you so much

    some good ideas to work with

    Some good suggestions on what to search for to make a timeline. Also, good points on spreadsheets. Thanks

    Some interesting ideas. Thank you

    Some really good leads and ideas. Thanks!


    SUPERB …as usual.


    Thank you for making this so clear! I think I can do it!

    Thanks for providing links.

    The webinar was excellent. Explanation and examples were great. I’m going to start making timelines now. I’ve been wanting to review my research and I think this is an excellent way to do it. Thank you so much!

    There was clear, practical advice that I can use immediately.

    Thought provoking. Interesting idea to utilize timelines for filling gaps in addition to sorting records and other pieces of information. Also like the variety of resources that were provided for timeline layouts as well as when searching for gap information. Thank you!

    Timelines are a great way to see what was going on in your ancestors life. I use an Excel timeline template, and although I strayed from it for a while, I keep finding myself going back to using it.

    Timelines are useful and simple tools that help you compactly see lives.

    useful informatin

    Useful practical advice, well presented. Thank you.

    Very clear presentation. Also, good pace of presentation. Thank you!

    Very good information.

    Very good reference to timelines.

    very good session

    Very good topic

    Very good.

    Very good.

    Very helpful

    Very helpful explanation and examples to show why/how to use timelines or tables!! Loved Cari’s enthusiasm and knowledge, her examples were very helpful, and I can’t wait to revisit some of my timelines to analyze them for better research plans! So glad I’m a webinar subscriber. 🙂

    Very helpful ideas for different type of timelines and availability of software to create the timelines, also.

    Very helpful ideas on how to use timelines.

    Very helpful with a host of great resources

    Very helpful. I’ve been using timelines for a long time, but still picked some new hints. Thanks for the great webinars!

    Very informative

    Very informative and great presenter. Time for me to implement their use now!

    Very informative and helps stretch my comprehension regarding the varied uses of timelines.

    Very informative

    Very informative, good tips, great resources!

    Very informative, with lots of different ways of presentation

    Very informative. Thank you!

    Very Informative. Many good leads.

    Very interesting and helpful.

    Very interesting and helpful.

    Very interesting with great ideas

    Very interesting. Cari is a good speaker and it was apparent that she knows her subject very well. I learned new ways of finding gaps in my research – which is always a good thing.

    very interesting. should be great help.

    Very precise in presentation – thank you

    Very timely given I am creating a timeline for a period of family migration – intertwining two families.

    very useful

    Very useful information! Well organized presentation! Thanks!

    Very useful information, especially all the websites.

    Very useful.

    Very well presented Syllabus and webinar matched, which I like. Thank you great webinar.

    Well done. Picked up some good tips. Thank you!

    well presented. Enjoyed learning about websites to produce timelines with more visual content to engage family members who normally aren’t so interested. Good topic for all genealogists, no matter the level of experience.


    Well-presented by a knowledgeable speaker, good pace, effective examples. Granted, I realized my use of timelines and tables is equivalent to hers but still worth listening. The Legacy timeline feature was my favorite tip. I have the software but haven’t fully utilized it yet.

    Wonderful information!


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