by Abby Glann
As you are going along entering your family in one of the fantastic
collaborative genealogy sites we talked about last week, an important
thing to include are dates. This may seem obvious to some but not so
much to others.They make a huge difference when trying to connect with
others, because they can help you see whether someone is even remotely a
close match with your own ancestors.
But, what if you don't know a date for someone? A death,
birth, christening, high school graduation, or marriage date can all
help you get a timeline for someone. Some sites require a death or birth
date to help their searches. How would you figure out a good estimate?
If you have a death or birth date, you're set. If you have graduation
dates then you can estimate they were born 17-20 years earlier. First
marriages tend to happen in your early to mid twenties. If you know
when one of their children were born, you can generally estimate that
they parents were born 25-30 years earlier. Keep in mind, these are all
estimations, and can be changed later if you find records to give you a
better idea or exact dates for a birth date. They can be the the one
thing that saves you from accidentally merging Joe Jones born circa 1800
married to Sue Brown with Joe Jones born 1940 married to Sue Brown.
Make the best you can-it really makes a difference!