Organize Your Genealogy
You are not far into your research when you realize you desperately need to organize your genealogy research!
You have digital files, paper files, AND photographs. Information on your ancestors can quickly become overwhelming!
Taking time at the beginning of your genealogy adventure - I mean research! - to set up your organization system will save you time in the future. You will immediately be able to find previously researched files. That leaves more time for genealogy research!
What is the best way to organize your genealogy files? The best organization system is one you will use. I recommend starting with the post What You Need To Know To Organize Your Genealogy.
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Flickr is fast becoming a favorite tool in my genealogy toolbox! If you are not familiar with it, Flickr is a free photo storage/sharing site. (There is a paid version, but the free version currently meets my needs.) With the free plan you can upload up to 1,000 photographs. The advantages of Flickr include: Cloud storage of your photographs (Tip: Back up your photographs in several places.) The ability to edit your photographs in Flickr The ability to set your privacy settings to Public (anyone), Private (only you) or Friends. The ability to share a photograph to your social media accounts or by email The ability to organize your photographs…
Short on time? Try these quick genealogy research tips to find your ancestors in only 20 minutes a day. Learn efficient research strategies and techniques. How many of you have sat down to do a quick look-up on an ancestor…..and dinner was suddenly cereal again? (Ahem.) Researching your ancestors is exciting, fascinating, overwhelming and time consuming. Most of us don’t have 2-3 hours a day to research. We do need to sleep sometime. Reader Emma recently wrote: I’m trying to get back into doing my research– so right now I’m making a plan to carve out time AND be productive in getting back into the swing of things. I would…
Tackling a photo organization project? Tips and tricks to help the family historian organize and preserve old family photos. I recently shared that I am an organizing junkie….and a flunkie! I desperately want my genealogy nice and organized. I want my files easy to find. I’ve worked hard to achieve that. I may not have a perfect system (does one even exist?), but I do have a system that works for me. You do, too, right? Dare I say my system is “imperfectly perfect” for me? If you are still struggling with organizing your “paper” genealogy files, read more about that is this post. Now…where does one begin an old…
I am a little embarrassed to admit this to you, my genea-friends. Sometimes when I am researching my genealogy, I find myself wandering down rabbit trails. Distracted. Repeating previous research. [Hopefully you won’t judge me!] When I find my research heading down rabbit trails, that indicates one thing: I am researching without a plan and that is not a good thing. I’ve learned to stay off those “oh, so tempting” rabbit trails by creating a genealogy research plan BEFORE I began my research. Why You Want to Create a Genealogy Research Plan When I mention creating a research plan, your mind immediately went back to high school and those dreaded term…