"Perhaps taking the time to make 2 clicks would allow a thoughtful researcher to realize that this person/record is/is not a fit."
I agree with the OP and believe it's worthy of consideration. There are, almost always, associated links that can add informative vibrancy to a timeline event. Why not facilitate that access for an interested viewer?
It's an ease of access, one-click world we now inhabit, like it or not. Where the need for scrolling can be reduced, it is, IMHO, a positive advancement.