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Digital genealogy organizing project Intermission 2: Thoughts about an Ahnentafel folder structure for personal research
Although I am not yet finished with filing all the files in the previous step, I figured that some of you reading were already ready to move to the next step, namely, to structure your personal research folder. Some of the people I talk to like to organize ...
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Digital genealogy organizing project: Progress Report 1
Since my posting a week ago, I have been slowly plowing through a huge mess of genealogy-related files and folders, moving them into my new structure as outlined in that previous posting.  In some cases, I have deleted files, and in others, I have renamed s...
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Digital genealogy organizing project Step 3: Thinking about how to organize all things genealogical
Now that I've set aside a highest-level folder for my genealogy-related stuff, I have to think about how to subdivide that. In this genealogy-specific folder, I won't have to worry about some of things I had to worry about in previous steps, such as special...
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how does anyone know which document they still need - whether in folders or not? I have an Excel worksheet that I use when I research and make a note of what I have and what I need, I also use my To-Dos in Legacy for research questions and documents I am looking for. I know that there are several ways to do something and it oftentimes is personal preference. Interesting to see how others to things and give it some thought.

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Digital genealogy organizing project Step 2: Results of and tweaks to the highest-level structure
It took me an hour or two to move all of the folders from the Dropbox top level to the 4 folders I had created: one for work, one for genealogy, one for everything else, and one for unassigned files (the inbox). As I moved items, I was able to delete a few ...
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A digital genealogy organizing project (a 3-month goal)
Now that my Organize Your Genealogy book has been published, I've been thinking more of ways to help people apply its principles to their own situations. Genealogists seem especially overwhelmed with the amount of paper and digital images that they have acc...
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The Upcoming Research Trip and Viewing Hometown Newspapers
Not very long from now, I'll be going on a trip that will include some time for genealogical research. To make the most of it, I have to think about where I am going, what repositories will be available, and what I might need from those repositories that I ...
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Digital genealogy organizing project: Progress Report 2
Although there is still much to be done in the Genealogy folder, I thought that I would briefly turn my attention to my Desktop. It's easy to let files and folders accumulate on the Desktop, but those should be filed immediately except in the rare case wher...
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thanks for the reminder - that is my filing issue - and it takes diligence to clean it up and then stop doing it again - ah those desktop folders!


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Digital genealogy organizing project: Intermission 1: Why organize to browse?
I am pleased that a number of people have shared my blog posts in this series, and some have even begun an organizing project themselves.  And I especially like the feedback in the comments. Several individuals have questioned the need to do the organizing ...
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thanks for the link to the article - always thinking about my organization!

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Digital genealogy organizing project Step 1: The highest-level structure
When you are looking to re-organize your digital files (or just plain organize them), the best way to start is by looking at your highest level organization on your desktop/laptop device. For me, I want to have everything in Dropbox, so that it will be avai...
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Looking at mine again I realized I should toss the HEALTH stuff into PERSONAL (duh) and dispense with that one unneeded category.

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Last night's Wacky Wednesday
Thanks again to Pat and Russ for making this happen! Wacky Wednesday with guest Drew Smith
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Just catching up with recording as it was 2am here in the UK.

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Time to Organize Your Genealogy
I think a lot about organizing stuff, especially information. Books, magazines, papers, digital files. The stuff that piles up in tubs and boxes in my home office and my work office. The stuff that piles up in folders on my desktop computers and the many ap...
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I'm an Assistant Librarian at the USF Tampa Library.  I frequently speak and write about genealogy.
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Author of the book "Social Networking for Genealogists" and co-author of the book "Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques"
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