Genealogy Organizational Challenge

Genealogy Organization is a Challenge

Old School Files

Old School Files 

My partially organized files.

 

I spent Saturday with two very organized people, Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee. Their “Getting your Genealogy Groove Back” Boot Camp. It was a very information and helpful presentation.

I spent Sunday attempting to familiarize myself with some of the organizational tools they discussed. It was a mixture of “old School” and new Technology, at least new to me.

This morning I spent it organizing the old school way. My thoughts were, How can I use the new technology if I don’t have myself organized with what needs to be entered into the computer program.

In the photograph above the top bind holds my webinar folders that still need a little tweaking. They were mixed in with the folders in the lower draw. The lower draw is now organized with my family folders only. I have decided to continue my Surname way of organizing.

The major Surnames for each of my family lines include the sub-surnames by married. I organized this way as a reminder of who married into the family line and where. (To date I have 99 surnames in total, with 349 shaky leafs on Ancestry to research.)
My husband Major Surnames are:
Parental side:
Butka
Boberick
Maseowski

Maternal side:
Dula
Kotch
Liptak

Misc.: Two Unknown Surnames (one for each line) I still need to verify before adding to my list

My Major Surnames are;
Paternal side:
Chase
Fletcher
Nelson
Stearns

My Maternal side:
Downes/Downs
Hutchins
Place
Pease

Computer Files to date

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My computer files to date

Now I’m off to organize the familiar computer technology I currently use. I will take the save items and place them into the correct family line folders in the same manner I did with the old school files. Once this is completed I can then take one old school folder and one computer folder; compare the information and enter it into the research log that I learned about during “Boot Camp.” Once I have entered all my research, I will find the gaps I have in my family tree. Those gaps will become my “To Do” List.

Yes, it is time consuming to organize these records. In the long run I will be saving time. I have already found duplicate name records with different information in them. I will be able to grab the correct file, find the information I’m looking for without hunting and pecking throughout my paperwork or computer. I will set up my Research Log by major surnames: Consistency, Organization and staying with what is familiar will be my organization tools from now on.

Thank you Lisa Alzo at http://www.lisaalzo.com/ and Thomas MacEntee of Hack Genealogyhttp://hackgenealogy.com/ for all the little tidbits of information on how to organize.

Bye for now. I’m off to organize and get ready to Post my next #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog about Arthur W. Place, my great grandfather, one of my great grandmother, Tina May Hutchins, four husbands.

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4 responses to “Genealogy Organizational Challenge

  1. Organizing by surname works best for me, too. My personal family files are all in old-school folders. I appreciated seeing how you file them in new-school technology. Thank you for a road map to a job I’ve yet to do!

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    • Your Welcome this is just my way of organizing. I’m still learning what works best for me. Many others have different programs and organization tools that I not sure I’m ready for. Dear Myrtle You tube, Legacy Family Tree Webinars amd several Facebook groups offer other ideas.

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  2. Good for you! I need to spend some time getting my files organized and scanned. I’ve got photocopies lying around just waiting for me to take care of them!

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