Step 2 – Organize Your Stuff

Your next step is to get organized.  A little organization lets you know what information you have, where it came from, and where it is—thus, keeping you smiling and happy.

Family history is fun when you can find things, but it can be frustrating when you can’t.

While there’s no reason (except for your future sanity) that you can’t keep everything in piles or toss it into a cardboard box—you’ll eventually want to have some kind of simple system for organizing your pedigree charts, family group sheets, research logs, documents, notes, and research helps so that you can easily find them when you need them.

Here’s what to do:

a)  Gather — Get Your Family History Stuff gathered together into one place (in a box or on a table).

b)  File Folders — Set Up Some File Folders to sort your gathered pile of family history stuff into.

c)  Computer — Enter Your Family Information Into A Computer. If you don’t have one, computers (and help) are available in all the ward buildings.

d)  Binder — Set Up Your Family History Binder. This is where you’ll keep your pedigree charts, notes, guides, etc.

Your “organized” system should be:

  • Simple to set up.
  • Simple to maintain.
  • Well-organized.
  • Flexible.
  • Understandable for future generations.

Your system should also let you quickly and easily:

  • Find any bit of family data you have gathered…within seconds!
  • Know what information you have.
  • Know what information you still need.
  • Know what resources and records you’ve already checked.

Remember, keep it simple and keep it current—so you don’t have huge piles of unsorted information sitting around.

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Next Step 2a.  Gather Your Family History Stuff