Frank’s Interactive Timeline

TimelineI’ve been playing with an open source tool called Timeline JS that builds a visually-rich, interactive timeline based on whatever data I tell it to use.

One of the options it has is to use data from a Google Docs spreadsheet. Add that ability along with their option to embed one right from their site and almost anyone can set one up. I personally like to host the scripts on my own site and do more advanced things, so I did it differently, but I am still using a Google Docs  spreadsheet.

It’s very cool. Take a look at how I transformed my Everything I Know About Frank Zalewski information using it. Feel free to contact me if you want to use it and need help with it.

About Brian Zalewski

I started genealogy research about mid-1999. My grandfather had passed away in April of that year. Since then I’ve done a lot of research not only for myself, but for friends and other relatives. In 2006, I married the love of my life, Darcy, and welcomed the birth of our daughter, Aerissa Jean, in 2010 and our son, Xander Lee, in 2012. I can’t wait to tell them stories about all of their ancestors.

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Comments

  1. Mark Stickle says:

    This looks like a really great tool, and it seems to be relatively easy to use. (LOL….That’s my ‘informed’ my conclusion after about 10 minutes with the software.) Thanks for sharing!! It also serves as a good reminder that family history at its best is not merely a catalog of names and dates — it’s about telling the stories of people, and doing our best to rediscover their worlds.

  2. Brian Zalewski says:

    Using their “fast” option, it is really easy. You just use their Google Spreadsheet template and fill in the boxes on their site and get the iframe embed code for your website. They would host everything. I just like hosting those types of things myself so I can mess around with them.brianjz