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

I got my desk finished. I have all the genealogy-related books in place, and straightened up and dusted off the rest of the desk. Looks pretty good right now.
I also started on the stacks of folders and papers on the floor. I got all the existing folders reorganized according to the new protocol and put back in the filing cabinet. I didn’t go thru and organize any individual folders; I just placed all like surnames in the same folder. Now the stack of papers in down to about 7″ high! A good beginning!
A couple of years ago, I started a large 3-ring binder as a surname folder. It is divided into alphabetical sections, with a family group sheet and research summary for each family unit. At the time, a handy reference guide for my database. But now, I’m undecided about what to do with the binder and its contents. It’s kind of redundant to use it as it is set up now, since I have the computer database in the making. When I finally get all the new system set up and organized into a workable research and records management program, I intend to export the GEDCOM to my PDA for use on research trips. That’s what I originally bought the PDA for, but have rarely used it. Pretty expensive paper weight!
I have read several books and articles that recommend using 3-ring binders to organize data by surnames, but I really wanted to use my file cabinet and think for now it will work just fine, but I can see where eventually I will outgrow this filing cabinet and will either need a bigger one or I will have to get a book shelf and change over to the 3-ring binder system. But right now I don’t want to spend the money to change over. My first and biggest priority is getting this new system up and running and my FTM database up to date. Then we’ll see how space is left!

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