organizing genealogyIf you have explored your family history for more than about oh, a half hour or so, you quickly realize how fast things can get away from you in terms of keeping order.  It starts out pretty simple, we are talking about family here, how hard can it be to keep track? Terribly difficult when you don’t have a system in place.

The best idea I came upon was to just keep whatever you have right where it is and devise a system for labeling it.  Clever, and so simple. Why didn’t I think of that?  Here’s a list of what you’ll need to tackle the project:


  • A notebook (ideally a 1.5″ 3 ring binder)
  • Page dividers (for 3 ring binders) that you can label (in buying school supplies I’ve found Wal-Mart has a selection of very low-priced options that are perfect for this task). You may want to grab a few sets so you don’t have to stop in the middle of your organizing mission, we all know how hard this is to do in the first place, don’t add another opportunity to put it off 🙂
  • A few sets of numbered dividers (again, you may just need one but lets not take chances 🙂
  • A generous supply of blank labels – these will be used to label EVERYTHING you are already using to store and organize your files, photos, notebooks, etc.

Once you have your supplies, hop on over to Treasure Maps Genealogy to read Robert’s instructions.  I love Robert and his organizing system is the best I’ve seen.  I not only use it for genealogy but for some other little projects around the house aimed at some hobbies.

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