Organizing Your Research: Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode 98

By Lisa Louise Cooke

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Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa’s book is available at Family Tree Shop: Mobile Genealogy

News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider, Diane Haddad

Read Diane’s blog posts on the Genealogy Insider blog: Working on My Last-Name Problem: When Genealogy Records Disagree and Organized Genealogy Research: Matching Up Two Theresas.


Top Tips

Author Drew Smith joins Lisa to share organizational secrets from his new book Organize Your Genealogy, Strategies and Solution for Every Researcher.

You can purchase the book through the following links: Organize Your Genealogy, Strategies and Solution for Every Researcher and in eBook.

101 Best Websites

Andrew Koch, the editor of the book How to Use Evernote for Genealogy shares 5 things you can do with Evernote:

  1. Keep a research log—p. 134
  • Keep track of previous searches and where you looked—prevents doing duplicate research
  • Especially helpful for when doing research over long periods of time
  • Can provide more detail than a family tree can
  • Can serve as the basis for a research/ancestor report
  • Save important links—p. 106–107
  • Provides easy web access to online record collections or research resources. Could also have note for shopping list or for schedule of webinars or online courses
  • Evernote Web Clipper browser add-on allows you to easily save important screenshots, records, and web links
  • Plan future projects/create to-do lists—p. 13, 48
  • Take notes about future goals, then circle back
  • Can create to-do lists with check boxes to help keep you on task
  • Evernote has Reminder system that will keep you on-task
  • Also allows for collaboration on projects—you can send individual notes or notebooks to others either by URL or by sharing the actual note and making it collaborative
  • Share your research—pp. 112–122
  • Allows you to share notes and notebooks via e-mail and social media (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Allows for collaboration opportunities—you can send notes and notebooks to others either by URL or by sharing the actual note and making it collaborative
  • For Premium subscribers, you can also do presentation mode, which converts your selected notes into a slideshow-like presentation similar to Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Create research templates for recording data (e.g. census abstract forms) pp. 136–137
  • Create table to input data and have it accessible across multiple devices
  • Copy and paste templates for different kinds of notes
  • Book has template for each federal census

Family Tree University Crash Course

Excel spreadsheets have been keeping folks in organized in all types of work. Why not genealogy? We certainly deal with our fair share of data. Shannon Combs-Bennett is back to share tips from her webinar video called Spreadsheet Secrets to Organize Your Genealogy.

What you’ll learn in the video:

  • Online and desktop options for using spreadsheets
  • Tips for organizing your genealogy
  • The many different types of spreadsheets you can make
  • How to use spreadsheets to create timelines for your ancestors
  • How to create reusable spreadsheet templates
  • Resources for more genealogy spreadsheet ideas

From the Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Allison talks about the power of using genealogy forms to stay organized and achieve your research goals. She recommends: Essential Family Tree Forms Library CD’s (2 vols) which includes:

  • More than 125 worksheets between the two CDs
  • Designed for organizing the information you find for quick reference and analysis
  • Flexible for the way you work: print out and write on, or type and save… or both
  • Allison highlights some specific forms included/tips for using them


Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s podcast, The Genealogy Gems Podcast in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.