I was happy to announce I had finally finished (mostly) my goal of creating a new workspace for my genealogy research and blogging efforts. After I finished creating my workspace and cleaning up the mess my genealogy files had become, I started wondering what else I could do that would make my research more accessible and organized. I thought about it for a few days before I ran across Elyse Doerflinger’s video blog post, The Basics of Organizing Your Genealogy. After watching the video I started thinking about my digital notes, files, and photos… I cringed.
I am a stickler about backing everything up, but I’m not so adamant about the way things are stored. My digital genealogy files are spread across several different sites, my computer, and external hard drives. To make the situation even worse – I have dumped everything into many files labeled ‘genealogy’ and each of those files hold hundreds to thousands of various types of documents. Thinking about how much time I’ve wasted over the years trying to find documents I have needed, makes me want to kick myself.
Elyse’s video made me realize that although I had made myself a workspace and gone the extra mile of organizing my loose photos/records, I still have a long way to go in the organization department. In light of this realization, I decided my next genealogy project should be to sort out and organize my digital files.
I think I’ll try a few new programs/sites to see what I like best for storing everything and maybe even turn the process into a series. I would love to hear any tips or tricks any of you may know of that would help me along the way.
I’m off to start my digital organization… wish me luck!