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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Know the basics to organize your genealogy files successfully. Learn how to start with a organization system you build for your own genealogy research. Every year January rolls around and I get the organizing bug. I love researching new organizing systems. I might be an organization junkie. [Okay, I AM an organizing junkie.] I am also an organization flunkie. I see all of those pretty organized homes. organized calendars/planners and even organized genealogy files. Pretty, color coded files and binders. Beautiful, nested folders in Dropbox. Perfectly organized photo display walls. I jump into organizing an project but never last more that a couple of weeks. I have just never been…
Recently one of my young adult children had a panic filled moment and I received a frantic text just before midnight! The old laptop would not turn on and there were important files needed for an upcoming presentation. No worries, right? Where are your files backed up? Well…..these files were never backed up! Not in the cloud or on an external device. Eeek!!!!!!* Could this happen to you? Are your genealogy files at risk for being lost if your computer gives out? Sit back and get comfortable. We are going to talk about strategies for backing up your genealogy research. Tips for Backing Up Your Research Develop a habit…
A genealogy timeline is the best tool to organize your ancestor’s life events and reveal gaps in your research. Create timelines to help find your ancestors! I admit it. I get stuck in my genealogy research! I seem to have a large number of ancestors with common names or the same name. Really, could there be anymore men in colonial NC named John White?! Out of frustration one day, I pulled out paper and pencil (yes, I went old school.) and started creating a timeline for all of the events in the life of “my” John White. What I discovered when I added all events found for John White in…
A collection of the best genealogy apps for staying organized while finding your ancestors. Make researching on the go easier with these free apps. One of the things my husband appreciates about me is that I travel light. I can pack for a week in carry-on luggage only. If need be, I can make do with just a backpack (a really stuffed backpack!). I travel light when researching on-site at repositories. You never know when you might need to move from area to area in the archives or courthouse, and I do not want to be slowed down by too much stuff. Genealogy apps on my smartphone allow me to…