I have decided to get my office decluttered and organized in 2015. To help accomplish this, I am reading through a wonderful blog by Janine Adams called Organize Your Family History.
Also I had to share this Geneapalooza cartoon to celebrate my New Year’s resolution!
My main plan is to scan all the documents and photos that are waiting in piles. Then I will file them on my computer in the folder with their family name. Finally I will upload them to the appropriate ancestors in my trees on Ancestry.com, GENI, and WIKItree, all of which sites have the capability to store source images separately from photographs of people.
So I made a picture of the full horror of my office today. I plan a new picture at the end of February or March.
What you cannot see are the two small file cabinets, 6 drawers, one for Munson, one for Thannhauser, and another for general genealogy. The rest are for my web business and bridge.
My basic organization is that I have a folder on my PC called genealogy which has a folder for each of my main family lines and then there are folders within those folders for ancestral or side families and other items. For example, the folder Monsen includes subfolders called fromDick (my second cousin and the main researcher for this line), Graff, Guttormsen, Huseby, and LibraryExtras.
When I scan a document, I name it for the main person involved, the year and then what it is. So for example, MarenWold1910census or AnnaLee1884BirthCertificate. Then I file it and upload it.
I hope to have a new picture of my office soon!