There’s something about the transition between Fall and Winter that triggers the urge to sort and clean. (or at least think about it!) We should periodically do this with our genealogy research. I’m not suggesting that you go mad and throw away your research but instead spend time sorting and re-reading your treasures. Let’s look at the benefits.
As someone who began their family history journey when research was not a finger tap away but instead involved letters, newsletters, forms and typed pages, I am in a continual battle to ensure that older research is digitized and archived for future reference and new digital finds are properly sourced. It’s a tedious task but essential to ensuring that record and source information is recorded and saved.
Activities to help you corral your research.
Start writing your family history.
American Ancestors/Get Organized
Organize 365/Organizing Your Family’s Genealogy
A quick search of books will give you a wide variety of resources to choose from. The key to managing your data and research is to organize it in a way that works for you. Everyone has their own style and that’s ok. I’m always looking for better ways to organize but the key is to pick something that you’ll be able to maintain and continue to do. Good luck!
Happy Fall/Winter Genealogy Cleaning!
With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.