All the scraps are officially gone! I have 1 batch of notes from my research trip to the Fort Worth Public Library Genealogy Dept and 1 from the Hill County courthouse that will remain intact for now. Everything else is filed away and my desk is clean and clear!
I also went through some saved email that had genealogy dealings and put each in the appropriate surname folder. There were 3 sets or correspondence from my volunteering with Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) that I printed out and placed in the ROAGK folder.
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 GenealogyBank.com 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.
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.