An aid to checking your facts
One of the first things I do when researching an ancestor is create a simple timeline. I could use a pen and paper or one of many fancy programs that are available but I use a spreadsheet and keep it as simple as possible. Start with whatever dates you have. With my great grandfather I took a picture of his gravestone which had his age when he died so starting there we guessed his year of birth.
Then we added as many facts as we had gathered about him. Once done we added his son and grandchildren we did not know anything about his wife but once completed it was easy to visually see patterns e.g. how often children were born, addresses lived etc. This created questions, Where did he come from? when? Did he fight in WW1? the next thing to do is to add relevant historic facts to the timeline once completed we wrote down the questions that we would try to answer through more research.
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