How to Make a Timeline: Discover how to quickly and easily create any kind of timeline
Try the following tools to make a timeline
The internet is filled with useful web sites, and among them are timeline generators that can help you easily create a timeline.
While poking around on the internet I have come up with a list of timeline generators that may help you out in creating a timeline.
Web-based timeline generators
Whether you are making one of your own life, a historical timeline, for a class, for a meeting, or even for a presentation, the timeline generators listed below should help make quick work of it.
These are web-based so you may have to sign up and create an account before you can begin building. Each one may work better for different purposes. Some are more dynamic and flashy, while others quicker and easier to use. Just input the dates and events and these tools will build one for you. Pretty cool huh?
Create very visually appealing web-based timeline that you can share with others either publicly or privately via a URL. You can add pictures, images, audio, and even video. You can sign up for free and create up to 3 timelines. There are also paid p
Create impressive interactive timelines complete with videos and pictures for school or to share with others.
Easily create and share timelines with pictures and videos.
- Time Line Generator
Create a horizontal or vertical timeline. Quick and easy to use.
- Create a Timeline of a Person's Life
Create a timeline of someone's life that you can customize by placing in important dates or events that happened in their life. Timeline displays custom dates you entered along with dates of important worldwide events that happened during the person'
Printable timeline sheets
If you need a pre-made timeline sheet check out these sites below.
With these sites below, you can print out a timeline sheet and write in the important dates yourself. These are well suited for teachers and classes where these can be handed out to students for homework or projects.
- Vertical printable timeline
Printable vertical timeline provided by Scholastic. Allows you to type in dates and events to then print it out.
- Make a timeline of your life
Specifically created for students to use in making a timeline of their own life. Good for teachers.
- Make your own timeline
Has two very simple timeline sheets that you can print out to use.
The basic steps to creating a timeline
Timelines help us understand the relationship between dates and events. They can be made to document the major events in a person's life, a company, location such as a city or a country, social movement, a product's evolution, and more.
Getting started is easy. Below are a few simple steps to follow.
- Select a topic - From electric cars to the rise and fall of Rome, there's plenty of interesting topics to choose from.
- Gather a list of significant events and their corresponding dates - For example, if you are making a timeline of your life, you will create a list of events and their dates that you feel had a major impact on your life.
- Select the timeline format you want to use - It can be laid out in a vertical or horizontal format, or it can be put on paper or created on a computer.
- Begin adding the dates and events - Starting from the beginning and add the earliest date and the corresponding event that took place. Then add the next, and the next, until you are finished! I told you it's simple!
Need inspiration? Check out these examples
Below are some examples covering popular subjects such as influential people, major innovations, social issues, and advancements in science.
- History of The Wheel
Such a simple invention that had and continues to have an enormous impact.
- The Unrest in Syria
Covers the violence and protests occurring in Syria.
- History of Astronomy
People have been studying the stars since as early as 4000 BC.
- The Wright Brothers
About the famous brothers who created the first functional airplane.
- A History of Idaho
Shows probably more than you ever wanted to know about the history of the state of Idaho.
Historical timeline videos
Of course, if the above web tools or printable sheets don't interest you, you can always get creative and make video timelines like the ones below. You will need to have video editing software and video or pictures.
Here are a few books that document the history of popular subjects.