GeneaChat: Organization-Where Do You Put Your Stuff? 1

GeneaChat: Organization-Where Do You Put Your Stuff?

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Seems like every January we start planning and thinking about our lives. We make goals and decide we are finally going to get organized.

As genealogists, we often end up with piles of papers. Documents, things we’ve printed, mail, photos, books, etc. We have to- do files that never seen to get done and items we don’t get scanned, heirlooms not identified and correctly stored. And what about that last research trip? Have you looked again at what was found since you’ve been home or are the photos still on your phone and any documents located laying on your desk? When is the last time you updated your tree? Have you read all those genealogy books you bought to help you with your research goals?

Being unorganized can really set us back. We may have answers in those piles, on our phones or in those books we won’t be able to uncover in the mess until we get things under control.

I am as guilty as everyone else. There are many times when I can’t see my desktop and my to-do list is overwhelming.

This month, share your organization suggestions. What works for you? What doesn’t? Do you have a process for recording and filing information when you receive it?

How do you handle emails other electronic information? What about paper? Do you have a system for handling your computer files?
What tools do you use to keep track of your research? Evernote, One Note?

Where do you keep your family information? An online tree? A computer program? Files or binders? Or a combination of both?
If you blog, how do you determine when and what you will write about? Do you use an editorial calendar, a program like Trello or word document?

Do you set aside time during the week to learn? How do you choose which webinars, books, magazine or meetings to attend? Do you use a calendar, an app or another tool to schedule and remind you?

Of the books and websites devoted to getting organized, either for genealogy or life in general, are there any you would recommend?

There are many ways to organize your work. The best way is the one that works for you. We would love to hear from you! We can help each other take advantage of the desire to turn over a new leaf at the start of a new year!

You can participate in this month’s GeneaChat by writing a blog post telling us about your experience in organizing your genealogy pursuits. Where do you put your stuff? Add the link to your post in the comment section below. No blog? No problem! Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Remember that links to your posts and the comments you leave will be part of the January GeneaChat- - Organization-Where Do You Put Your Stuff? Recap on January 25, 2018. Can’t wait to hear what y’all have to say!

Thanks for GeneaChatting!

Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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