Review: Creating Your Personal Timeline

creating your personal timeline

Tami Koenig of Your Story Coach has come out with a new e-book entitled Creating Your Personal Timeline which is more than just an e-book – it is a full-fledged workbook to help you capture your personal memories in an easy-to-use format.

The e-book is broken down into two useful sections: topic worksheets and timeline worksheets. While the book is in the Adobe Acrobat PDF format, Tami takes it one step further than the typical PDF: she has created areas where you can actually type in events, dates and your memories surround those events. Then you can save the PDF – this is a blessing for those of us who do all of our writing on the computer rather than in “long hand.”

The topics in the topic worksheets are common to most people and as I worked through the them, I was able to actually remember more and more dates and events. When finished with the topics, I could then use the timeline worksheets to place individual events in a timeline.

Why is a timeline important? Well when writing your story (or perhaps the story of an ancestor), it helps to have a linear progression – even if you want to “jump around” when writing up the story.  I find that knowing the timeline and being able to draw upon it when writing is essential to ensuring that the complete story is told.

The concept seems so simple yet I have to be honest, it is quite a bit of work to do the “memory dump” into these sheets. Is it worth the time invested?  Invest is the key word – you are making an investment in writing your story and by using the various worksheets in Creating Your Personal Timeline, you can see your investment pay off in the final product.

Check out Creating Your Personal Timeline. Tami Koenig’s 25+ years experience helping various people and organizations share their stories shines through in this e-book. And don’t forget to visit Your Story Coach for tools, tips and resources on writing the story of you.

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Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of Creating Your Personal Timeline from the author. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with genealogy vendors and organizations.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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