Have mountains of photos, records and other family history materials? Do you ever struggle to remember where you put your great-grandmother’s birth certificate or your grandparents’ marriage license? Even the most dedicated genealogists can end up drowning in a sea of research. Getting (and staying) organized in your ancestry quest is crucial to your success, and this 65-page e-book has tips from seasoned family historians on how to more efficiently organize your hard-earned research.
Paperwork and pictures and planning… oh my! Whether you’re new to the genealogy game or an old hand by now, one thing is certain: this hobby creates a lot of files and projects. Is it possible to contain the chaos? Yes! This eBook will help you organize your time, photos, files, records, budget—all the necessary (but often unwieldy) resources of successful genealogical endeavors.
We’re not talking just file folders and sticky notes here! The Genealogist’s Guide to Getting Organized features the latest in organizing trends, apps, software, and research techniques. With advice from industry experts, you’ll discover the best methods for establishing order.
Genealogist’s Guide to Getting Organized features:
- Essential information on how to organize your genealogy project planning, files, and research using a variety of both online and offline tactics
- Step-by-step tips for time management, writing your family history, beginning a research project, planning out your yearly goals, and much more
- Checklists, charts, templates, and worksheets that can be filled out directly in the eBook—plus clickable links to recommended products and services
Who Should Get This Book
You’ll love Genealogist’s Guide to Getting Organized if…
- You just received the results of your DNA test and are ready to dive into genealogy research for the first time
- You’re curious about the latest storage systems for organizing all your genealogy paperwork and files
- You’re facing a specific research project that seems daunting, and you need to know how to tackle it
Excerpt: Sample Tips
Here are some tips you’ll find in Genealogist’s Guide to Getting Organized:
- Log your searches. A research log is a comprehensive list of sources you’ve searched or plan to search. Information logged should include: source name and URL or location, the purpose of each search, the date you performed the search, the related person or family, notations and source citations, and comments.
- Remember the “Backup3-2-1” motto to protect your research. You should have three copies of your digital files—stored in two different types of storage media—and one copy stored offsite.
- Look for a finding aid when researching state archives. This type of guide explains how the records were created, what information they contain, and how they’re organized at the repository.
Contents of Genealogist’s Guide to Getting Organized:
Part One: Organizing Your Planning and Goals
Go for the Goal: Stay on task with a genealogy resolution for each month. We’ve got your game plan with simple, customizable steps.
In Good Time: Are you always running out of research minutes? Get more genealogy done in less time with these 12 time-saving tips.
Habits to Make: Your genealogy life will be more organized and efficient when you make these 17 habits part of your research routine.
Do the Write Thing: Let your research live beyond you! Put it all together with these tips for writing your family history, plus a project organizing worksheet you’ll refer to again and again.
Calls to Order: End family collection chaos! These seven tech tools help you turn your archive of old photos, papers and artifacts into an organized research resource.
Part Two: Organizing Your Notes, Ideas, and Files
Organized Ever After with Evernote: The free Evernote tool is made for managing research projects. Our six-step guide will help you use it for happily organized genealogy searching.
Tree-Keeping: Should you store your family history research in genealogy software, an online family tree or some combo of the two? We’ll run down the best options and help you choose.
Hot D.A.M.: Find out how a digital asset management workflow makes it easy to organize and back up your family photos.
Smart Genealogy: These 25 tips let you turn your smartphone into a multitasking tool for capturing, preserving and recording your family history on the spot.
The End of the Paper Trail: Cutting paper clutter will make you better organized and sharpen your genealogy focus. Get started with these 12 less-paper strategies.
Total Coverage: Create a custom, comprehensive “insurance plan” to back up your valuable family photos and genealogy research files.
Online Photo Backup Services: Backing up your digital photos and other images is the right thing to do—and it’s easy when you use an automated photo backup service to store images in the cloud.
Part Three: Organizing Your Research
Heritage Hacks: Are your genealogy finds too few and far between? Try these 18 tech tricks for freer, faster, more-effective family history.
Getting There from Here: Tackling a tough genealogy research problem requires an organized approach. We’ll help you determine your destination, and map out your route to get there using our handy project management worksheet.
Treasure-Hunting in the Archives: Learn how to dig up the genealogical treasures awaiting you in your ancestors’ state archives.
How to Be a Genealogy Ninja: Develop ninja-like research skills with these five family history challenges.
Bonus Template: Five-Generation Ancestor Chart
Bonus Template: Records Checklist