Wednesday, May 30, 2012

21COFH - Weeks 21 & 22

For the next couple of weeks, we are going to get some of our papers organized. I know you have piles of genealogy papers! Try as we do to keep the paper tiger under control and digitize more and more, those piles still have a way of appearing and reproducing!

For the next couple of weeks, pick a project to work on. Here are some suggestions:
  • Take one pile or a box, sort through and organize the papers according to your organizational system. If you're looking for ideas, last fall, I reported on the progress made with the Archival Closet and the next steps to be taken. The previous year, I wrote Organizing Research Documents
  • Get those syllabi and presentation notes from NGS, a local conference, or your society meetings organized and filed (and maybe even digitized).
  • Go through your genealogy "In Box" and file or process the documents that are waiting for a home.
Don't expect to get it all done at once. Just look for progress. One box, pile or handful at a time.

I'll be reporting soon on my project.

Let us know what you're working on and any tips and tricks you come up with. You can do so either in the comments or in a post of your own (still leave a comment with the url). Good luck!

© 2012, copyright Michelle Goodrum


  1. Good luck, I am in the process of getting my digital files organized. I started by putting them in the main ancestor name file folder and then I am going to make folder for the children descendants.

    It makes it easier if I am working in the same family. What I have are a lot of duplicates of pictures and documents. I think this happened when consolidating files.

    1. Claudia, I can so relate to the duplicate pictures and documents! sigh.

  2. Ugh, I have so much to organize! I've started organizing my digital files, but the paper documents and pictures, etc. need to be tackled. I just wish I had my own office space where I could put all this stuff (sigh).