This is a snippet of a timeline for the state of Mississippi. Here you will see another reason why you need location timelines. From 1763 to 1779 this area was under English control. From 1779 to 1798 it was under Spanish control. Did you know that? If you didn’t you might look in the wrong place for records.
You need to have a general timeline for the United States as well as timelines for all of the states you are interested in. You should also try to put together a timeline for the individual counties if you can. You can get that information out of local history books.
You can even have specialized timelines. The first one shows the major US epidemics. The second one is a piece of a US wars and conflicts timeline.
The nice thing about these types of timelines is that they don’t change. Once you find timelines that you like you don’t have to go looking for them anymore. You can park them in your research binder and they will be there when you need them.
Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis