How do I organize my genealogy research? is one of the most common questions and/or frustrations expressed by researchers.
I understand. I am a recovering “organizing junkie”. I’ve tried multiple organizing systems and failed with most of these. I despaired if I would ever be an organized genealogist!
I failed at all of these “perfect” organizing systems for one simple reason.
They were not mine.
I was trying to put my research into someone else’s system. Failure was sure to follow.
How to Organize Genealogy Research
Being a researcher, I researched genealogy organization systems.
A little this one and a little of that one….. I kept what worked and tossed what did not until I developed a system that worked for me.
I encourage you to do the same.
Read the full story on what you need to know to organize your genealogy here. Incorporate what works for your style of research and organization. Leave the rest behind.
Time Management for the Genealogist
Finding the time to research is big obstacle for many researchers (myself included).
But….just because we do not have a lot of extra time in our day to research does not mean we cannot search for our ancestors. Do you have just 20 or 30 minutes? Then you have time.
We have to:
- Be smart with our time.
- Have a plan to avoid the rabbit trails of research.
- Use a timer(!). The timer helps avoid eating take out one more time, because you got lost in the records.
Read the specifics on how to research genealogy in 20 minutes a day. Bonus – You’ll find a sample research plan to download, too!
Genealogy Organization with a Timeline
Have you ever gathered a number of records on an ancestor only to struggle determining how the facts all fit together?
Using a timeline to organize your research and records of a particular ancestor or family can be particularly useful when trying to break through a brick wall ancestor or family line. You can identify gaps and inconsistencies in your research. A timeline can also serve as a basis to create the next steps in your research plan.
A timeline can be elaborate or simple. Paper and pencil versions and digital versions work just as well.
Find other genealogy organizing posts on Are You My Cousin?
You can find a number genealogy organization posts on Are You My Cousin? Peruse them all. Use what works best for you and leave the rest.
- How to Research Genealogy In 20 Minutes a Day
- What Genealogists Ought To Know About Photo Organization
- How To Back Up Your Genealogy Research
- Organize Genealogy Using a Timeline
- 6 Smartphone Apps To Keep Your Genealogy Organized
- Organize Your Genealogy!
- How to Create Your Genealogy Research Plan
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