Organizing the Sassy Jane Way at RootsTech 2013

Interested in organizing the Sassy Jane way? If you’re attending Rootstech, 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. 1. Organize your information on your computer(s)
  2. 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.Organizing the Sassy Jane Way

Because it’s a fairly complex topic, my 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
  • authority file
  • how to digitally label your family photographs

Organizing Genealogy Research Using Archival Principles is a step-by-step guide to managing your genealogy records, using six digital folders. Learn how to name and organize digital files for quick retrieval, link paper and digital records, and tame your genealogy research.

There are three principal sets of information genealogists create:

  • The digital file created by your family tree application (Legacy, Reunion, Family Tree Maker, Rootsmagic, etc.)

  • Paper records, including original or vintage documents and photographs, plus printouts and photocopies

  • Digital records, including downloads and scans

I’ll have a coupon code for audience members so you can start organizing the Sassy Jane way. See you in Salt Lake!

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”