It's important to know where your family fits in history. The history of the world around them affected their lives and the choices they made. It also affects the kinds of records created that you use to research your #genealogy. What kind of timelines do you use to keep track of historical events? Here is one example.
WolframAlpha can help you answer a lot of #genealogy questions like: -Was your great-grandmother's name common at that time? -What happened on your grandfather's birthday? -What was the weather like on your grandparents' wedding day? -What were the towns they lived in like, including demographics, and how far are they from where you live? -What was 20 dollars' worth the year your great-grandmother was born? -What is the technical relationship between you and your grandfather's sister?