3 Options for Organizing Your Genealogy with Shopping Lists

Ask anyone who has spent years researching their ancestors and they’ll tell you one of the best things you can do for yourself as a beginner is to start with a good organisational system for all the records you’re about to acquire.

It’s easy to get excited about the research and your finds and not take the time to file and organise your research properly. Trust me I know. I’m still digging out from not investing in a good system. So don’t end up like me, organising 15 years in. And yes, investing is the right word. You need to spend a little money to have the right tools available to you to file and organise your paper as you acquire them. If the supplies aren’t easily available to you, and you don’t have a  system in place you simply won’t do it.  You’ll have one of those I’ll get to it moments. Twenty years later, you’re drowning in an unorganised mess. Trust me, it happens in a blink of an eye.

Get the details at The Armchair Genealogist

Organize Your Genealogy


Author: Drew Smith
Publisher: Family Tree Books
Released: July 1, 2016

Organize Your Genealogy features:

  • Secrets to developing organized habits that will maximize your research time and progress
  • Hints for setting up the right physical and online workspaces
  • Proven, useful systems for organizing paper and electronic documents
  • Tips for managing genealogy projects and goals
  • The best tools for organizing every aspect of your ancestry research
  • Easy-to-use checklists and worksheets to apply the book’s strategies

Whether you’re a newbie seeking best practices to get started or a seasoned researcher looking for new and better ways of getting organized, this guide will help you manage every facet of your ancestry research.

Print – $18.35
Kindle – $12.99

Recommended Reading

Interesting and informative articles found on the Web . . .

  • Over at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, Sunny Morton provides four very useful tips to “Power Up Your Courthouse Research Skills”.
  • Not having fun with your genealogy research? Kenneth Marks at The Ancestor Hunt knows what the problem is and how to fix it.
  • Digital archives such as Ancestry and FindMyPast are constantly updating their collections with new records. GenealogyInTime Magazine’s Newest Genealogy Records not only maintains a list of new records, they also have news about archives you never heard of.
  • Spring cleaning your genealogy research? Who knew! Crestleaf.com has the details.
  • MyHeritage has just introduced Book Matching. They have a huge collection of digitzed historical books and have created the ability to look for references to the people listed in their member’s family trees. They have already produced more than 80 million matches for MyHeritage users. Learn more at MyHeritage blog.

How to Use Evernote for Genealogical Research

Some great tips from Jordan Jones in an article posted on the Evernote blog:

In this day and age, more documents are becoming digitized and the challenge is figuring out how to find and organize them. I use Evernote to capture documents, images, and PDFs I find online, and later add descriptive notes to these pieces of information. Serious genealogists try to keep a record of everything they find, even if it’s full of lies and conjecture. (For example, if you suspect that a document might be fraudulent or inaccurate, you can make a note of it. If you come across it again, you will know that you already saw and evaluated it.) Using Evernote, you can add your own notes, questions, and task boxes to the images of records you find in your research.

How to Use Evernote for Genealogical Research