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.
Let me know what you think of these two different, but equally rewarding, projects.

Have a wonderful, ancestor filled week!

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