I love doing genealogy. I really do! However, sometimes I am just so overwhelmed at the amount of paperwork, emails, facts, pictures and other things that I have accumulated and seemingly continue to accumulate! After 7 years of research, I still have problems trying to locate something that I found at the start of my research.
I need to find a good system for storing all of this! Anyone have any ideas? I have most of my Family Group Sheets, vital records and other such stuff in binders, sorted according to the family they belong to and set on a shelf to collect dust! (Just kidding about the dust stuff!) But what about the other stuff? What about emails, webpages, letters, and other things that I have collected over the years?
I know, without a doubt, that my technique of storing things has to change. I have slowly started to try to make changes. I have made 8 binders that are sorted according to the 8 siblings in my mother’s family. In other words, one for my Aunt Juanita and her children and granchildren and so forth. This way I can always locate her family’s information fast. This works well for that portion of my research but what about the other research. What about my grandfather, great-grandfather and so forth? Binders seem to be the weapon of choice when it comes to my storing information, but is there a better solution?
Yes, this is an interactive blog today! Why not? There is no reason that I shoudln’t be able to ask questions of my readers anymore than there is a reason that my readers shouldn’t be able to ask me questions.
If you have a way of storing your research that you would like to share, please post it in a comment. If you have a link to sites that deal with this issue, please post them.
In the future, I will revisit this subject and let you know what I have found and whether or not is working for me!
Thanks everyone for your time!