Sunday, February 15, 2009

Making Progress On Organization

My switch to binders has been going pretty well thus far.  I've been following DearMyrtle's Organization Checklists (I'm moving a bit slower than the checklists say, but still) and I've made some pretty heavy progress.

First thing I did was buy a ton of acid free page protectors.  Then I put all of my notes and papers into the page protectors.  That way, it just needed sorting and to be put into the appropriate binder.

Anything that was from my non-sourced days was placed into a regular, cheap page protector and a stickynote with the word "Guide Only" placed on it.

I also bought oversized divider tabs so that every surname can have its own divider.  Right now, I use two dividers per surname: one for all of my direct line ancestors with that surname and one for all of my indirect ancestors.

I am about half way done with having everything in their binders, but I ran out of binders and page protectors (Wow - way quicker than I expected).  I'll have to wait until Thursday to get some more supplies and continue on.

I have been going through each page to make sure that everything is in my Legacy program and completely sourced.  It feels good to know that I am getting up to date on everything.

By the way, you can buy all of the supplies you need in my genealogy store for organization, research, and things that will make life easier when doing genealogy.


Deb said...

I've got a question, if you don't mind? Are you going to be keeping your Family Group Sheets in the same binder as with your notes/papers? I know some do it this way, but I'm not sure I would care for it personally. And I was wondering which way you are setting your's up.

Later, Deb

Elyse said...

Deb, for more information you should check out DearMyrtle's blog at because that will tell you all of the specifics.
I am organizing all of my information by surname. All Family Group Sheets are placed in chronological order, with all information pertaining to that couple (census records, marriage records, tax records, etc) placed directly behind the family group sheet that it pertains to. This way, the binder acts like a "book" in a way, because everything is arranged by surname and then chronologically. All of my indirect ancestors go behind another tab labeled "Indirect Ancestors" (organized by surname) and are then organized chronologically.
I hope that answers your question!

Deb said...

Thanks Elyse....& it does - answer my question that is. :) I'll have to give it some thought. But I can see where it would be extremely helpful to have the record(s) there with the family group sheet.

Later, Deb