Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

When I got home from work this afternoon, I started making new surname folders. I also printed out a pedigree chart for the entire database and a surname list. These go into a 3-ring binder along with the Ahnentafel report for the entire database and the research and documentation guidelines that I created yesterday. I also created a surname folder organization plan that goes into the binder.
For the surname folders, I also printed out Ahnentafel reports for my 8 direct line surnames.
Then, I took all the folders and loose papers out of my 2-drawer filing cabinet. They are all in several stacks on my living room floor. To this mess I added all the other loose papers that were stacked on the top of my desk and the lower shelves of the desk.
Next, I’m going to move all my genealogy-related books from my bookcase and put them in/on my desk for easy access.
The toughest part will be going through all the papers on the floor and putting each into its surname folder. I’ll have to make more folders as I go along, and will probably have to buy more folders. This will probably take several days. As I create each additional folder, I will also print out family groups sheets to go with each family group.
And finally, after I get all the surname folders created and organized, only then will I start adding the data to my FTM program. Not exactly how I originally planned to do this, but I think it will work out the best.

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