Organizing Your Genealogy: Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode 88

By Lisa Louise Cooke

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Episode Theme: Organizing Your Genealogy

News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad

Diane Haddad

Read Diane’s blog post on the Genealogy Insider blog: My Genealogy Organization Problem and How I Can Solve It

Top Tips

Allison Dolan, Publisher of Family Tree Magazine shares ideas from the ebook The Genealogist’s Guide to Getting Organized.

101 Best Websites for Genealogy

Lisa discusses Evernote and how you can use it for your genealogy research. Evernote is a free website, a software application, and mobile app. You can use it on all platforms: PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows. It synchronizes your research notes via the Internet so that you always have the most current updates of your notes on all your computing devices.

Lisa recommends using notebooks sparingly, and focusing on tags. Here are some ideas for tags:

  • Record types (census, birth, death, marriage, etc.)
  • Locations (city, state, country)
  • Surnames (Smith, Jones, etc.)
  • Tasks (Analyze, Correspondence, Questions, etc)

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Family Tree University

Instructor Lisa Alzo helps you get organized with tips from her Family Tree University course Organize Your Genealogy.

From the Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Allison Dolan

Allison dishes up some of her personal organizational strategies. Here are Allison’s favorite organizational tools: 

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