Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

It has become apparent to me that, in order to more fully comprehend and appreciate the experiences of my 2nd great-grandfather, Nathan Blunt Kennedy, MD, during the Civil War period, that I need to create a time line, based upon the documents from his Civil War military service file. This file is composed of copies of pay vouchers, supply requisitions, a request for a medical leave, transfer orders, requisitions for fodder for his horse, even his “Parole of Honor” from May 1865. Important dates and locations, even finances and health. To create a time line will be to recreate his life between Oct 1862, the date of the earliest document, and May 1865, the time of the end of the Civil War and Dr Kennedy’s return to civilian life. As there are over 30 documents in the file, this time line will detail an almost week by week reconstruction of the events in one man’s life from over 140 years ago!
After a lot of hunting, I have finally found a free, online time line application, xtimeline, that has a lot of potential. It is still in beta, but produces an excellent time line, complete with images and details of each event, that can even by embedded into a blog or website.
My next task(s) is to scan every document included in Dr. Kennedy’s NARA file, edit them as needed with Paint Shop Pro, arrange them into chronological order and rename them appropriately, then upload all to my shoebox at, to be selected for inclusion in the good doctor’s story page. Wish me luck!

2 thoughts on “A Timeline

  1. Lidian says:

    Hi Ruth – Here’s the link for the meme, forward to reading yours!


  2. Lidian says:

    I can’t wait to read this, so I wish you much luck! What fun to have so much primary information –


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