How To Set Up Your File Folders

It’s really simple…just follow these easy steps:

Step 1 — Buy a box of file folders and a pack of labels.

Step 2 — Fill out your Pedigree Chart as far back as you can.

Step 3 — Make a xerox copy (or print an extra copy) of your Pedigree Chart to mark up.

Step 4 — Circle each husband and wife on your Pedigree Chart.

Step 5 — Number the families on your Pedigree Chart—each new surname starts with #1 and goes back from there…#2, #3, #4, etc.

Step 6 — Neatly write or print one label for each family you circled on your Pedigree Chart.

Step 7 — Put the labels on your file folders – the first ancestor with each surname starts on the Left Tab of the file folder.

Step 8 — Put the folders in alphabetical order by family surnames.

Step 9 — Put all the stuff from your Family History pile into the right folders.

Here’s an illustration of Steps 4-8 to hopefully make it clear what we’re talking about…

Label Tip…Label each file folder with the surname, given name, and year of birth for each husband and wife on your pedigree charts.

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