Sassy Jane Genealogy Guides

28 Apr 2013

Organizing Genealogy Research Guide

Organizing Genealogy Research guide from Sassy Jane Genealogy helps you put your family history research in order with simple and effective strategies.

The Organizing Genealogy Research guide is based on my career as professional archivist, where I arranged, filed, organized, and retrieved lots and lots and lots of primary sources. When I present on this topic, as I did today at the Sacramento Public Library, it’s always popular, I think because can be a thorny issue.

But with this system there is 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.

So I’ve put together Organizing Genealogy Research. It’s a 40-page […]

20 Mar 2013

Organizing the Sassy Jane Way @ RootsTech 2013

If you’re attending Rootstech and interested in organizing the Sassy Jane way, I’m presenting “Managing Your Digital Environment” on Friday at 3 p.m. in Room 155D.

This session will show you how to use archival principles to:

1. Organize your information on your computer(s)

2. Use Internet tools for managing your online life

My genealogy organizing principles come from my career as an archivist, where we processed, stored, retrieved, and digitized lots and lots and lots of primary sources.

Because it’s a fairly complex topic, the presentation has a lot of detail that can seem too dense just for one session. So I’ve put together an e-book, Sassy Jane’s Guide to Organizing Genealogy Research Using Archival Principles. It covers in detail the ideas and solutions from my presentation, including file folder structure; file-naming conventions for downloads, scanned documents and photographs; the authority file; and how to digitally label your family photographs.

I’ll have a coupon code for […]

6 Jun 2012

Organizing Your Digital Environment the Sassy Jane Way

On Saturday at 5 p.m., I’ll be presenting “Managing Your Digital Environment” at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree in Burbank.

Organizing Your Digital Environment the Sassy Jane Way is all about streamlining and simplifying. No color codes or numbering systems needed.

My genealogy organizing principles come from my career as an archivist, where we processed, stored, retrieved, and digitized lots and lots and lots of primary sources. So my Jamboree session will show you how to use archival principles to:

1. Organize your information on your computer(s)

2. Use Internet tools for managing your online life

Because it’s a fairly complex topic, the presentation has a lot of detail that can seem too dense just for one session. So I’ve put together an e-book, Sassy Jane’s Guide to Organizing Your Genealogical Research Using Archival Principles. It’s a 40-page PDF file you can download here. It covers in detail the ideas and solutions from my presentation, […]

5 Feb 2012

Top Three Tips for Organizing Digital Genealogy Research Files

My top three tips for organizing digital genealogy research files are today’s topic. Genealogists create lots of digital files in the course of their research. Some are downloads, some are scans of paper records in our research collections. But all of them need consistent processing if future search results are going to be useful.

1. Use consistent naming conventions.

Here are some file-naming conventions I use:

Baptism Records: SurnameFirstNameBaptism.jpg

Obituaries: SurnameFirstNameObit.jpg

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