The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
This is a very clever idea of a book.
It furnishes a handy format for recording timelines of world events in the lifetimes of our ancestors.
Roger Dudley has put together a neat system of journaling the events occurring within a person’s lifetime. He begins in the year 1000 and ends in the year 2076, surely enough time for our kids to keep the record going.
The left side page has a list of significant world events, and the right side page is an empty, lined page. You write the names of the people living during those times on the empty page. It’s an effortless way to write down the names of our ancestors near the current events of the time.
An introductory page offers instructions on how best to use the book, with a page defining the abbreviations used throughout the text.
After a few years of collecting names of cousins and grandparents, there comes a time when we need to write their stories. Besides documenting the dates and places, we need to write about the times in which they lived. The times when our fathers burned the autumn leaves in the alley, when city side streets were dirt, when trains had cabooses, and when there was no electricity, indoor plumbing, nor computers, and when text messaging was furtively getting a small folded note passed from your classroom desk to your compatriot in the back.
This journaling guide will help get you started.
In Their Time. A Timeline Journal for Placing Family Events into Historical Context 1000-2076 is available from Amazon at http://goo.gl/yZWcmP and from other fine bookstores.