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Sign of the Times: Timelines in Genealogy

  • 6 Jun 2022
  • 7:00 PM
  • Webinar


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CGS welcomes Diane L Richard as our speaker.

Timelines are very visual. Creating a multi-columned matrix can help you focus on missing gaps, seemingly contradictory information, previously invisible relationships, and so much more. Color-coding or other distinguishing methods can also highlight locale or surname overlaps, related records, etc. These are not simple linear timelines. Using multi-column matrices places very complex information in an easy-to-see format. What you construct are “living” summaries too. As you acquire new data, add it in! Besides helping you visualize information, timelines save you from constantly referring to your paper (or digital files)!

As you summarize your data, it’s not unusual to have questions jump out at you – insert as a comment. Found a “gap” in your knowledge -- add it to your “to-do” list. Have you put your project aside for a while -- just review your timeline for all the critical details as you resume your research. Want to ensure meeting the requirements of the Genealogical Proof Standard – timelines are a great resource!

Diane L Richard, MEng & MBA, Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM),, has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally. She regularly contributes to Internet Genealogy and has authored over 500 articles on genealogy topics. Since 2016 Diane has been editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal. In 2019 she published, Tracing Your Ancestors -- African American Research: A Practical Guide, via Moorshead Publications.

As a speaker, she has delivered webinars and in-person talks about the availability and richness of under-utilized records [online and on-the-ground] documenting ancestors while providing genealogical research tips, techniques, tools, strategies, and much more. She appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (Bryan Cranston episode).

She is co-leader of Tar Heel Discoveries,, started in 2018, offering guided North Carolina genealogical research programs providing participants targeted, focused research assistance leading to new family discoveries.

She is a board member of NC Historical Records Online (NCHRO),, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public access to high-quality images of original records and other related information applicable to researching North Carolina history and genealogy.

***Note - This June Webinar will also be the CGS Annual Meeting. 

Registration is required via the Chicago Genealogical Society website under Events. Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event. The meet-up will take place virtually via ZOOM. All people registered will receive an email the morning of the event with log-in instructions and a link. This information is not to be shared.

Chicago Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Address: PO Box 1160, Chicago, IL  60690-1160

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