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Re: How do you keep your family research organized
In Response To: How do you keep your family research organized ()
I also back up the data found in my research on files, CD's and gen software packages, but here is another twist to saving/organizing research documents. The "old" research binders.
Because you frequently want to display your efforts and computer facilities aren't always available I still use the "old" research binders. As an example, at this year's family reunion I had on a "flash drive" all of the data contained in my FTM program for this particular family line, about 2500 individuals. It included the charts, trees, notes, etc., but for display purposes I also had three binders of records (hard copy) that reflected the data.
One binder had a descendant report, in narrative format, 14 generations, years included were from 1735 to 2005 with thumbnail pictures for many listed in the report. Each generation was tabbed and there was an Index.
Another binder had copies of birth, marriage, death and other court records in chronological order by type record. These "official" records spanned from a freedom paper (1813) to the birth certificate of my great-granddaughter born in March of 2005.
The third binder contained a "potpourri" of copies of newspaper articles, certificates and other memoribilia (sp) that involved this family in many different areas, from the Arts to Underground Railroad activities.
So while perserving your data on the various mediums using the modern technologies don't forget the old binder/scrapbook methods. Watching the family thumb through the living records was truly a joy.
Just a thought,
p.s. We also had that 70+ foot Family Tree Banner on display.
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