We have all probably heard of using time lines to help understand our family's history. You know, plotting historic events on a time line and then plotting and ancestor's personal history on that same time line. The examination of the coincidence of those two plots can reveal possible influences on the actions our ancestors chose to take.
In the April-June 2011 issue of NGS Magazine, Harold E. Hinds Jr. wrote an article titled "Pivotal Moments In U. S. and Personal Family History." In that article he outlines the process briefly described above. He shares his own experience in carrying out such a strategy, complete with telling some of the references he used.
Hinds brings great credentials to the article--he is a distinguished research professor of history at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and he lectures on history and genealogy.
The magazine is in our collection at the Genealogy Center of the Largo Public Library...or at least it will be. We just received it, so give it some time to get entered into the system before you look for it on the shelves.