Monday, April 27, 2015

HistoryLines Launched Last Week - Post 4: A Canadian/American Story

I wrote HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 1: First Look on 22 April, HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 2: Custom Events  on 23 April, and HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 3: An English Story on 24 April.

In the latter post, I wondered if I added a migration event from one country to another if the story line created by History Lines would change.  I used my Canadian-born great-grandmother, Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952) to determine if that would occur.  I also added some custom events to try to flesh out her life.  Lastly, I deleted some of the historical story segments to see how that is performed.

1)  Here is the top of my great-grandmother's story on HistoryLines:

If you look closely, you can see that I added 1871 Canada, 1881 Canada, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. census events to the Story, added two migration events, plus edited some of the vital record events to add content.

Further down, here are some of the historical events in the Story from the 1880s time:

You can also see the migration story from Canada to Chicago, Illinois in about 1890 on the screen above.  The next historical story element concerns Illinois.

I added the marriage event in 1898 and edited the birth of her daughter in 1899 to add the birth date and place.

Gerogianna and Charles Auble moved to California in about 1912, and I added that custom event.  I edited the event for the death of her husband in 1916.  You can see that the next historical event is about California.

In the next screen, you can see the 1920 U.S. Census event that I added:

At the end of Georgianna's children, I added more detail to the death event.  I could have added the information in the obituary notice also.

HistoryLines provides many lifestyle and historic event story segments that may not apply to the person being profiled.  If that's the case, the user can edit or Hide the story elements.  The process to do that is:

Click on the "Edit" link on the right side of the story element title line (next to Feedback).  That opens a popup window to edit or hide the element (I chose the McCarthyism" historic story element above Georgianna's death event):

On the screen above, I could edit the content to read whatever I want in this person's story (not in everyone's story that might include this element).

If I want eliminate the story element from Georgianna's story, I could click on the blue "Hide this from the story" link below the red "Save & Close" button.  Here is Georgianna's story with two story elements hidden:

A user could create personal HistoryLines stories by hiding all of the historical story elements if they desired and adding custom events for the person and editing the vital records story elements.  

I could have added photographs or document images to the custom events if I chose, but I didn't do that on the screens above.

I have several emails from the HistoryLines folks answering my questions and telling me about new features.  I will post them in one of the next post in this series.

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1 comment:

Jo Henn said...

Thank you for continuing the series to explain how to work this new resource. I just wanted to tell you that Thank you for posting it. I've included this post and the next two further explaining the use of HistoryLies in my NoteWorthy Reads post this week: