Great article from The Armchair Genealogist on planning and organization!
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Ask anyone who has spent years researching their ancestors and they’ll tell you one of the best things you can do for yourself as a beginner is to start with a good organisational system for all the records you’re about to acquire.
It’s easy to get excited about the research and your finds and not take the time to file and organise your research properly. Trust me I know. I’m still digging out from not investing in a good system. So don’t end up like me, organising 15 years in. And yes, investing is the right word. You need to spend a little money to have the right tools available to you to file and organise your paper as you acquire them. If the supplies aren’t easily available to you, and you don’t have a system in place you simply won’t do it. You’ll have one of those I’ll get to it moments. Twenty years later, you’re drowning in an unorganised mess. Trust me, it happens in a blink of an eye.
Get the details at The Armchair Genealogist
Now that we’ve looked at the major components in WeRelate, it’s time to see how all this can come together for research and collaboration. We each have our own research style, so I’m throwing out a list of ideas that you can choose to incorporate into your style or adjust to fit it. Do you want to get your feet wet, but are afraid of inadvertently deleting something important? No problem,…
Author: Drew Smith
Publisher: Family Tree Books
Released: July 1, 2016
Organize Your Genealogy features:
Whether you’re a newbie seeking best practices to get started or a seasoned researcher looking for new and better ways of getting organized, this guide will help you manage every facet of your ancestry research.
Is your research still in the paper age? Here are a few signs: Do you have folders set up on your hard drive for each surname you are researching? Do you make copies of your digital files and save them in multiple folders? Do you maintain an index of these folders and the files they contain? Do you have a naming convention standard for naming your files and folders? Today’s technology offers a…