Notes from the past…

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Pretty much done!

The huge pile of dead trees on the living room floor is….GONE! The cluttered and disorganized desk is…GONE! The numerous scraps of jibberish scattered throughout my hard drive are…GONE!
It’s true! All of those loose notes, documents and photographs that I have been accumulating in the name of FAMILY HISTORY over the past 4 years are now neatly filed away. The various genealogy-related books are in one central location so that I can actually use them, and… “I’m still standing…”, as Elton John once sung!
I do have one set of notes from my research trip to the Hill County courthouse that I have left untouched for now. I think they make better sense in their original form. As I work on each surname involved, I will probably figure out a better way to save them, but for now, they are “as is”.
I also have the notes (date, newspaper) from the articles I saved. I just need to add that info to the image properties section of each file, no big deal there.
Next task is to go through each surname file and add the info to my FTM database, with documentation, of course! As I do that, I will make a to-do list of info needed for each surname. And also a list of all the documents I have for each person, to create a timeline of sorts, a “snap-shot” of their life.

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Almost done!

I am sitting here at my desk, feeling smug as can be! On my desk, next to my laptop sits a 1/2″ high, neatly stacked, and stapled and clipped together group of notes. All that’s left to go through! Everything else in filed in its proper place in the file cabinet. This is the best shape my genealogy work has been in since day 1, more than 4 years ago!!! I really thought it would take much longer to get to this point. Maybe by Jun 1, I’ll actually be able to start working in earnest on my FTM database. This is so exciting!!!
Also this morning I finished an online beginner’s genealogy course, Genealogy in a Wired World. It is offered by the Hewlett-Packard website for free. Strictly intro stuff, but a good review.

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1 1/2"…

What a relief! The once 7-8″ pile of papers, documents and photos on the living room floor is now a 1 1/2″ stack of notes on top of the printer!!! Everything else has been placed in its particular surname folder. A few general papers (web site info, etc) have been placed in a Bluebonnet Country Genealogy Database folder. All in my 2-drawer filing cabinet, with plenty of room to spare. 44 surname folders at this point.
Now the not-so-good news: that 1 1/2″ stack of papers is all notes on different surnames all mixed up together! I will have to painstakingly review each sheet of paper, examining and recording each item with its proper surname! That might take a spell. Or, I could just toss everything and act like it was never there! NOT!!!
Anyway, I am very pleased with the work so far, and when I get home from work this afternoon, I’ll start on the notes! Wish me luck!