AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Re: What have you collected?
In Response To: What have you collected? ()
Just being curious here, as last night I was looking through some of my "papers," which include copies of censuses, death certificates, marriage licenses, etc. What's in your collection, and where do you keep it? I do have a software program now, but I also have an album, and what I call "my sack" full of things. I co-mingle my "FCP" from those ancestors who were slaves in my album by census year. Thanks for the responses!
I never really thoguht about separating the records of my FPOC ancestors from those who were enslaved. I keep my hard copies (work product) in binders that are categorized by Census, Vitals, Obits, etc.
Census are sorted by Census year, then State, then county, then alpha by family.
Vitals are sorted Birth, Marriage, Death chronologically for each type record. I have a binder of obits that is also chronological by alphabet.
Then I have a binder that is a mixture of items found in various other record types under various subject headings. ie; Arts, Athletics, Community, Religion, Slavery, Military and so forth. AS an example,this binder has copies of Freedom Papers, Land Records, Military Awards, Discharge, Pension & Service Records and so forth.
All records and their source are noted in the notes section of the genealogy software for each individual.
As Tony Burroughs and others have stated "you need some type of filing sysyem, one that works for you". This is just the procedure I use and it works for me. Good luck with whatever system you come up with.
A great tip from Mr. Burroughs.....look at making multiple copies of some records as you may need to file a copy in more than one location.