Thursday, April 23, 2015

HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 2: Custom Events

I wrote HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 1: First Look yesterday, and wanted to show how to add a custom personal event and story to the life story of a person.

I'll use my grandfather, Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976) again as the example, and use his enlisting in the U.S. Marine Reserves as the example story.

1)  In History Lines, I clicked on the "Add a Story" link (on the left side of the screen, just below "1870" in the timeline) on the page for my grandfather's life story:  

I can then choose from

*  Add Family member
*  Add Birth, Death or Marriage
*  Add Immigration, Relocation
*  Add Residence
*  Add Event

2)  I chose to "Add Event."  An edit box opens with fields for a Title, a Date, a Place, and a Residence place for the event, and the opportunity to add a Photo.  Then the user can add text to describe the Event.  Here is the result for Lyle's Marines story:

3)  When I click the red "+Add to Story" button, this custom story was added to the Life Story in chronological order:

4)  The title of the custom Story was added to the Timeline at the top of the Life Story for the person:

You can see the added title for the 1917 event ("Lyle Joins the U.S. Marines") below "National Park Service" and above "Flu Pandemic."

This is a very useful feature, and is probably the best way to personalize the Life Story with family photographs, documents and stories.  A birth, marriage or death certificate could be added to those Events in the timeline, a baby photo of a child could be added to the child birth event in the Timeline, a photo of an elderly parent could be added for the death of the parent.  U.S. Census records could be added along with a transcript or summary of the family members, including their residence location.  

The "Add a Story" feature will also create events for additional birth, marriage and death events, and Immigration event, a Relocation event, a Residence event, etc.  

I will look at a non-American ancestor in the next post, per reader bgwiehle's suggestion in a comment on the first post.

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