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 39-page PDF download for $4.99 and has four sections:
Table of Contents
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
36 About Sassy Jane Genealogy Guides