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!