I'm wondering how people handle placing historical facts into each individual's timeline. I know that there are probably ways to download such things, but in my case I have a very specific use and was trying to figure out how to accomplish it.
I have a family timeline that coincides with the creation of a new county, the incorporation of towns, the start up of railroads, construction of the courthouse, etc., etc. I WANT to create a fact that would allow me to place the piece of history (country, state, county, or even city history) into the people who were alive during that time period. I understand that I need to make my sentence structure broad and that I can select many people from my database to share a given piece of history that I place into the database, but I'm wondering how everyone else would handle accomplishing this.
I was hopeful to have something simple print out like:
In 1818, Westminster was incorporated
or possibly: In 1818, Westminster was incorporated and Jacob was living in the county during this time period.
keep in mind that some of the history might be of a completely different topic like:
On June 30 1863, Union troops encamped at Union Mills and confederate cavalry had also stopped in this location on the same day while on their way to Pennsylvania.
In 1872, a smallpox outbreak was in __________.
In 1904 the Great Fire of Baltimore occurred.
Obviously I can use a lot of the description area and will need to use the date area. I know that something as simple as:
In [date], [desc] [place:In] which happened during the lifetime of [thisPerson].
should work, but I know that many of you have FAR better ideas to make this work......for example, would you put a 'fake' person into the database (maybe calling that person "History Carroll Co MD" or something like that) and input all the facts under that person....then share those facts (with the source documented) to all the people who lived in that location during that time period????
Is there an easier way?
Is there something I am not aware of that already exists and will accomplish this task?
I'm not sure that it makes a difference, but I'm running RootsMagic 5.
Thank you in advance for any ideas and/or advice.