Timeline Grid Templates

The Timeline Grid is a simple research aid which helps you record your findings and display them in a usable and meaningful way for further research. It is primarily used in research and is not meant to take the place of a data management application such as Ancestral Quest or a collaborative site like FamilySearch's Family Tree.

Click here to see the slides for a presentation on the Timeline Grid. For additional information, see this article in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. (If you have trouble viewing the presentation, you may need to use Chrome.)

The free Timeline Grid templates below are licensed under a Creative Commons Atributions license. You are free to use and alter them, but not to charge others in any way for them.

Note: You must have a Google account in order to use Google Drive.

  1. Select the icon of the document you want to copy.
    The document opens in Google Drive.
  2. From the Menu bar, choose File > Make a Copy (if you do not see the menu bar, select the double down arrow in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Type a new document name, and then select OK.
    The copied document will appear in your Google Drive file list.
  1. Select the icon of the document you want to download.
    You should see a dialog box with an option to save the document. The dialog box will be slightly different, depending on which browser you use.
  2. Save the document to the desired location on your hard drive.

Templates for US Research

Google Drive
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Link to Google Drive Template for US Research
Blank Template
Link to Google Drive Template with Comments for US Research
Sample with Comments

Google Drive
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Link to Google Drive Template for US Research
Blank Template
Link to Google Drive Template with Comments for US Research
Sample with Comments

Microsoft Word
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Link to MS Word Template with Comments for US Research
Blank Template
Link to MS Word Template with Comments for US Research
Sample with Comments

Microsoft Word
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Link to MS Word Template with Comments for US Research
Blank Template
Link to MS Word Template with Comments for US Research
Sample with Comments

Templates for British Research

Google Drive
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Link to Google Drive Template for British Research
Blank Template
Link to Google Drive Template with Comments for British Research
Sample with Comments

Google Drive
(Legal Size)

Link to Google Drive Template for British Research
Blank Template
Link to Google Drive Template with Comments for British Research
Sample with Comments

Microsoft Word
(Letter Size)

Link to MS Word Template for British Research
Blank Template
Link to MS Word Template with Comments for British Research
Sample with Comments

Microsoft Word
(Legal Size)

Link to MS Word Template for British Research
Blank Template
Link to MS Word Template with Comments for British Research
Sample with Comments

 

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