David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sorting Saturday - Too Many Papers, Too Little Time

Today I have been reading some wonderful "Sorting Saturday" ideas for organizing genealogical research and I can't wait to try some of them. For the past several years, the lack of both time and space has been my enemy.  I have binders for each surname that I am researching and those binders have been in various places throughout my home, wherever I could find space on a bookshelf.  I also have boxes filled with folders, labeled with family names, overflowing with papers yet to be filed in those binders.  I have a tendency to relish the hunt for the information rather than the tedious task of sitting, labeling, and filing.  This is probably due to the fact that I have had no space to call my own for a long time and therefore, no way to spread out and sort papers.  With my son's marriage and subsequent moving of my youngest son into his big brother's old room, I now have in my possession the room that has gone through the metamorphosis from spare room to office to nursery to playroom to bedroom and now, back to office.  I can't say that is "completely" mine since my husband has talked me into letting him have a corner to store his "Magic the Gathering" card collection, but for all intents and purposes, this room is now the home to my genealogical research.  It's a beginning. All the binders now reside in one bookcase, boxes of information ready to be filed sit nearby.  My goal will be to take one or two family folders per day and file the information into the family binders where they belong.  Each binder begins with a family ancestry report beginning with the farthest ancestor identified and is then divided into sections: Birth Records, Marriage Records, Military Records, Death Records, Census Records, Photographs, and Miscellaneous Research.  So far, that was worked out just fine for me, but I'm anxious to try some of the new ideas I have seen from my fellow Geneabloggers.   At the very least, they have me revved up and ready to sort!

6 comments:

  1. One of the advantages of having our kids get older and move out is the extra space we gain! I love having that extra room...but I'd trade it any day to have my kids younger...never going to happen so I just enjoy it. Good to see you back blogging...I've missed you.

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  2. That's great you have your own room for genealogy now! I do agree with Mary though, I too would trade it any day to have my kids home again.

    Sounds like we have something in common, we both relish the hunt for the information but not the labeling, and filing so much! I guess it goes with the addiction, er, um, the territory.

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  3. It seems to be a never ending thing, filing and organizing!

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  4. Mary and Michele I completely agree with you about giving up the extra space to have all my kids home again. I was having a difficult time watching my oldest leave the nest, especially when for almost 24 years he never so much as went away to camp for longer than a night. I had to force myself to come up with a positive viewpoint about moving him out, other than the fact that I am so very proud of the man he grew up to be. So, creating that space for myself blossomed out of the need to "cheer" myself up! :)

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  5. Hi Lori, I have a 9x13ish size office with shelves on 3 of the walls.. all filled of course. But I am going to be moving and thought as long as I am.. I would do more on the files and file folders.. but the amount I want to toss is miniscule compared to that of keeping. I will not have a room for an office when I move.. big crisis ;) Thinking of moving the wall shelves to my bedroom.. put in a twin bed.. and go from there!!

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  6. Congratulations on a workspace for your genealogy! I'm with you about liking the search and not enjoying the filing so much. I just keep at it and hope that one day I'll be organized. (I just have to quit searching for a while, first, though.)

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