This summer was likely as busy for you as it was for me. And sadly, the coming month appears to be just as busy. But don’t fret, you can still make some headway in your genealogy project.
First things first: If you cannot work on your genealogy on a regular bases, organization should be your top priority.
Dedicate a table or desk for genealogy. Having a place where your genealogy can “hang out” will enable you to return to your last work session without much effort.
Setup a staging system. Use stackable or hanging file sorters and mark each for different stages of your research.
- top sorter: In Box (Newly found source documents, family interviews, etc.)
- middle sorter: Research Log (Keep track of what you have found to avoid duplicating research efforts.)
- next sorter: Family Tree Software (Add your source information to the family tree database.)
- bottom sorter: To be filed (Photocopy/scan source documents for research use and file the original for safe keeping.)
To keep your staging system simple & organized:
Date your research notes from each session at the repository or online databases.
Date and paperclip the citations with each document before adding it to the Inbox file. Knowing where you left off is essential to keeping your thoughts in order when returning to your genealogy desk.
An oldie but goodie reference, The Weekend Genealogist by Marcia Yannizze Melnyk, has additional time saving tips to keep your genealogy from being abandoned.
Practicing what I preach, I’m off to dive into some much needed research while I have some unexpected free time.
Leaf’n through thick & thin.