Create a Paperless Paper Trail with a Digital Workflow

By Vanessa Wieland

Create a Paperless Paper Trail

There are plenty of reasons to take your research from paper to online. In this article, you’ll see four reasons, plus some tips to get you started. Then, join our Build a Digital Workflow workshop to turn those tips into a workflow for an organized, effective approach, starting May 14th. Gena Philibert-Ortega will be on hand on May 18th to answer your questions. Seats are limited, so sign up today!

Digitize Your Genealogy with a Digital Workflow

Gather and Sort Your Materials

Go through your paperwork, old photos and heirlooms to determine what you have. Gather it all together and begin sorting through it so you can decide what to keep, what to toss, and what to donate. The goal of your digital workflow is to minimize the amount of times you handle the same item. Sort it, digitize it, file it.

Get plenty more tips and tricks from the Family Curator, Denise Levenick about what you should purge, and what you should save in this week-long workshop.

Incorporate a Realistic Time Frame Into Your Digital Workflow

Rome wasn’t built in a day and chances are, your genealogy research won’t be digitized in one, either. Do you have an end goal or project in mind? Once you’ve established that date, you can break down the project into manageable chunks. Devoting 30 minutes a week feels a lot more doable than trying to cram it all into one sitting. That’s why building a digital workflow is so effective. It’s a long-term strategy that you can incorporate into your genealogy research plan.

Don’t miss this workshop! It starts Monday, May 14th!

Also Starting this Week at Family Tree University

Research your Norse ancestors with this online genealogy course

Here’s a fun fact: According to Norse mythology, the gods molded the first humans out of tree trunks (talk about taking your family tree literally)! While those looking to trace their family back to an ash or elm may be out of luck, our four-week course is ideal for individuals seeking ancestral roots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Learn more and register for Scandinavian Genealogy 101 today.

Save the Date!

Locate Your Ancestor’s Land Records starting May 21st

Our ancestors came looking for land as part of their goals for a better life. In our Property Research workshop, you’ll discover tips for locating and using land deeds, patents and other land records; useful methods for mapping and platting your family’s lands; and discovering what resources are available online. Plus, learn what clues you can discover about your ancestor’s lives and interests. Starts Monday, the 21st. Don’t miss out!  

You can find all of our online genealogy courses in the Family Tree shop.