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Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze Your Research

August 5, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:30 pm EDT

FGS Meeting

Meeting is a hybrid meeting. It will be held in-person in the Beech Conference Room in the Florida History and Genealogy Library at the John F. Germany Public Library. Alternately, you can attend via Zoom webinar.

900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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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.

Topics included:

  • Introduction of analysis techniques including examples of timelines and tables
  • Creating a timeline
    • use a variety of tools such as word processor, spreadsheets, timeline software
    • finding historical timelines online to enhance yours
    • timeline tips and tricks – color coding, footnotes/citations
    • using timelines to separate individuals of the same/similar name
  • Creating tables
    • use a variety of tools such as word processor or spreadsheets
    • discuss the endless variety of tables that could be created (document comparisons)
    • tables for organizing research notes
    • demonstration of using table to corroborate data to determine a mother’s maiden name
  • Case study examples demonstrating timelines and tables
    • Census compilation example
    • Angeline Mitchell’s maiden name
    • Sorting obituary data in a table
    • Using a timeline to solve a two men, one name problem


Below is the event itinerary (all times are Eastern timezone):

10:00 – 10:15 – Greetings and sign-in (in-person)

10:15 – 10:25 – Opening remarks and society news

10:25 – 10:50 – DNA Special Interest Group by Jean Sanner, FGS Tampa

10:50 – 10:55 – Break 

10:55 – 11:00 – Door prize, recap society news 

11:00 – 12:00 – Featured speaker

Our Speaker

Cari A. Taplin, CG

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. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served …

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