Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring -- Time to Get Organized

One more word on getting our ducks in a row -- how are you at organization? The "Spring is season to get records in order," on the Broomfield Enterprise, suggests now is the time for some genealogy deep cleaning and organization, and if you aren't sure where to start, the article offers some easy tips. My own goal is to one day be organized enough so that when I want something, it's not enough to say "I know I have it," I want to be able to walk to and and put my hands on it. I'm on that path. I've learned to compensate for short-term memory loss and now have a system -- what I'm lacking is space. So once I get that figured out, I may be able to realize my goal. 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Simple High=Tech Solution for Genealogists

Although "simple" and "high-tech" might sound like a contradiction in terms, in her latest article, "A Simple High-Tech Solution for Genealogists," Judy Rosella Edwards suggests an "innovative and earth-friendly way of using computerized gadgets you already have" for extracting information from various sources.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Organizing research saves time, effort, and heap of frustration

One of the most frustrating things in genealogy research is retracing your steps, either at the library or online, and not for any new insights, but because you forgot where you found a piece of information or you did write down what you found. Organizing research is almost an eternal quest. Why? Because it takes time and many people are averse to detail. In her article "Organizing Your Research," Gena Philibert-Ortega provides tips for organizing as you go, to help avoid procrastination. Simplicity is the key to keeping up with the task, and the article discusses a variety of forms along with a number or resources aimed at making do-able.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

It's not too late to develop a new resolve

“Everyday is a new life to a wise person.” Reflecting a general philosophy, this is one of my son’s favorite sayings – a way of looking at the world he is passing along to his two daughters. If we take the spirit of such optimism to heart, then: No, it’s not too late – it’s never too late to develop new resolve. In her article, “Genealogical Resolutions and Goals for 2007,” Karan Pittman offers some good ideas for jumpstarting your family research in the new year, and true to the first rule in genealogy research, it begins with YOU.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dealing with the proliferation of Paperwork

Christine Sweet-Hart contributed the article, "Managing a Large Genealogical Project", reminding us that New Year's is coming and you want to make a resolution to become better organized than you have in the past.

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