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Getting Organized

Back in December I told you that I was going through the Genealogy Do-over again and was going to keep an eye on the FINALLY Get Organized! 2016 Weekly Checklists.

I’ve stuck with both (though they aren’t complimentary, so doing both at the same time is very difficult. With a little modification it’s going well.) and am pretty proud of myself.

I suggest that everyone, from the beginner genealogist to the seasoned professional, should try these programs. In the short amount of time I have been working these programs, I have organized more of my work than I have in all the years I’ve been researching. My “Floyd/Murphy” binder is clean, fresh and full of information, as are my Cooper, Matherly and Brown binders. My computer genealogy files are organized by surname, then by type and each are named like this: John_1925_death.jpg (or whatever the appropriate extension is).

I have even cleared out my desk *completely*…the only things going back are those I am actually using. Pens, notepads, label maker, etc…and only as I use it. After a week or two I’ll take everything that I haven’t put back and find it a new home somewhere else or get rid of it.
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Let me know what you think of these two different, but equally rewarding, projects.

Have a wonderful, ancestor filled week!

Happy Hunting!

A Crazy Year – 2015

2015 has been a crazy year, though not the craziest. My son got married in October, we had water issues a few times in our home, the brand new roof had a small problem and my beloved pet Willie, a white faced gray cockatiel, as well as our sweet little gray kitty girl Smokey, passed away.

These ups and downs have kept me from my genealogy. I have done little this entire year to further my research or put together any sort of book for my descendants. Our family newsletter has fallen by the wayside and my genealogical educational pursuits have slowed to a stop. Not to mention the horrible shape of my websites and this blog! :-\

I’m working on our basement at this moment, trying to clean up from a backed up toilet that caused the craft room carpet to need to be pulled up. As soon as I’m done there, my office, which is near this room, will be cleared of the craft room boxes, drawers and whatnot. Hopefully by the 1st I’ll have my office back and I will again be able to spend hours in my office working on our family history and enjoying myself!

To get things going, I’ll be going through the Genealogy Do-Over. I went through the first cycle of the do-over and loved every minute of it. Go take a look at it…I’m sure it can help you. Genealogy Do-Over

I’m also going to keep my eye on Aunt Myrtle’s FINALLY Get Organized! 2016 Weekly Checklists. I definitely need help with organization!

Another thing…I only have until, I believe, February 11th to finish the National Genealogical Society Home Study Course. I’m on lesson 8 now…and there are 16 lessons. Can I do it? I don’t think so, but I’m sure going to try! :-)

For now, I’m going to finish up what needs finished up in the house…and come January 1st, Look Out Ancestors, Here I Come!! :-)