Organizing Genealogy Research Using Archival Principles
This Sassy Jane Guide helps you put your family history research in order. Learn simple and effective strategies to organize your digital files and paper records, using the same principles as professional archivists.
Organizing Genealogy Research Using Archival Principles offers simple and effective strategies to tame your digital files and paper records.
This Sassy Jane Guide helps you put your research records in order, using the same techniques as professional archivists, who manage vast collections. No need for color codes, numbering systems, or other complicated schemes that take time away from what you really want to be doing, which is finding more ancestors. A retrieval system—a way of locating what you own on demand—is essential. Naming and organizing digital files for quick retrieval, file folder structure, and linking paper and digital records are all ways to find your documents when you need them.
Organizing Genealogy Research is available as a 38-page PDF download for $4.99 and has four sections:
- Using Consistent Data Entry and File Naming
- Creating the Six-Folder Digital Filing System
- Filing Paper Records
- Linking Digital and Paper Records in Citations
Table of Contents
Introduction 4 Inside This Guide 4 Three Kinds of Genealogical Information 5 A. Using Consistent Data Entry and File Naming 6 Top Ten Organizing Concepts From Archivists 6 Controlled Vocabulary 8 Authority Files 9 Digital File Names 9 Data Entry 11 B. Creating the Six-Folder Digital Filing System 12 Master Genealogy Folder 12 1. Administrative Files 13 2. Family Tree Software Files 14 3. Family Photographs 15 A. Cemetery Photographs 16 B. Family Photographs 18 4. Primary Sources 21 5. Secondary Sources 30 6. Surnames 31 C. Filing Paper Records 32 Paper Records 32 Vintage or Original Records 32 Photocopies and Printouts 32 D. Linking Digital and Paper Records in Citations 34 Conclusion 36 About Sassy Jane Genealogy Guides 37