Time Mapping

Time mapping is a new way of using familiar tools to look at history. It allows you to use your own experience to put history in perspective. It can be done by any age, any level of education, as Use this page to get started. Follow the BLOG for new ideas. Give back to the project by reporting your project there. Share your Time Mapping with your friends and family.a group or as an individual. And it is easy.

Who Uses a Time Map

Anyone can use a time map. Putting a Time Map up in a hall where it is seen, or using it as a classroom tool, or using one for doing serious research is all good. Here are some of the venues I have found great joy in using a Time Map

  1. Kids: Some kids, especially boys, learn better when they have big muscles involved. Measuring how long between events using inches can register better than to think in terms of the number of years.
  2. Parents and Grandparents: Knowing the age a parent or grandparent experienced certain life markers or knowing what was happening else where when those things happened can be a way of telling the kids, or grandkids about how you grew up.
  3. Travelers: When you visit a new place, be especially alert for dates in your chosen time frame.
  4. Serious Historical Scholars: Placing information in a visual, non linear format may lead you to view your data in a new way.

Venues for Time Mapping

  • Classrooms: having a Time Map encourages students to be involved with the subject matter in a way that can encourage a deeper engagement in any subject.
  • Home School or Home Study: A Time Map can unite different areas of study. The date in a cook book can be close to the date of a significant event. In the eyes of a student Time Mapping can bring together the date of a Civil War battle, a volcano in the Pacific, and a style of dress from Paris. A student can bring dates from the things they are interested in to post on the Time Map for the period presented by a teacher.
  • Political and Civic Studies: When a trend starts to develop, you can plot its course on a Time Map. Put up quotes and photos. Names and photos can be interesting not just for those that continue to be an important part, but to identify those that drop out of the picture. Some times with a “new” trend you will find that there were bits showing up even way before.
  • Genealogy: What was happening in the world when Grandpa was a kid? As you look at things in a Time Map you may see that the 3Great Grand Ma on this side, lived at the same time as the 4Great Grand Ma of that other side.
  • Authors: When sketching out a plot line, or to prevent inserting unknown plot issues keep a running Time Map for your characters or plot sequence.

How to Time Map

  1. Print out and prepare a map.
  2. Put dates on it.
  3. Use it for research, reference, or to just enjoy having it around.

Ok, there is more to it than that, but it can be as simple or intricate as you like. Remember this is not about what to look at, but how to look at in a new way.

  • Print your time map. The Printout page has some preformatted time maps for you to download and take to your local printer to be printed. You can also get out your straight edge and draw your own.
  • Format your Time Map. You will need to decide some style elements for your Time Map. Use some of the suggestions about using different base layouts that are useful for different types study. This also includes deciding on how to limit your focus.
  • Find dates. This is the fun part. Once you start looking for dates, you will stazrt seeing them everywhere.
  • Analyze the data. This is the Ah Ha part. Once you start getting dates on your Time Map you will start seeing patterns develop. Sometimes you will see an unexpected pattern start to develop, or you may see something you expected, but with a new light on it.

Where to Find Dates

I have started a blog post of Random Dates in History. These are short lists of related dates with a PDF for you to print out on your own Labels. When ever possible I use a single source, cited. I am hoping that you will send me your short list of 3-5 dates that I can post as well.

I am planning a list of FaceBook, Podcast and other internet resources that discuss subjects with dates as we go along.

Please support this project

This project is not an official, university or governmental entity. It is just me sitting at my computer trying to create something useful for people that love history. The Covid lock down has destroyed my source of income and I am trying to support my household in a way that helps home schoolers, students, scholars, and others to look at history thru new eyes