Step One In Creating Your Family History: Timeline
If you’ve seen the movie “Back To The Future,” you probably remember where Dr. Brown explains to Marty McFly how to time travel in the DeLorean-turned-time-machine by setting the clock to any point in history. Moments later, the car flashes out of sight leaving a trail of fire in its tracks.
For many, time travel has the appeal of seeing important moments in history, or even to relive an experience and alter future outcomes or consequences.
In the movie, we learn, however, that changing ANY event of the past has its pitfalls. One action causes a reaction, and either hilarity or disaster ensues. Think about it. Change just one thing, and the rest of your life could be completely different.
The great news is that you can travel back in time without the souped-up car, and relive your own memories without the hazard of disrupting them. By tapping into the power of your own stories, photos, and the conversations that bring it all back to the surface, you can relive the best of it all.
If you’re serious about telling your life or family stories, your personal timeline is an essential resource you’ll need. Think of it as the map to be able to plug a date in and arrive where you mean to.
The big stuff first: top-of-mind events and free flow
Step two is all about getting this timeline pieced together. Start by hammering out the major stuff, scribbling out a chronological list of key data and events:
When you were born
Where you’ve lived
Where you’ve received your education
Where you’ve worked
Who you’ve known and when