A big thanks to Michelle Novak, a trustee of the NJ Genealogical Society and editor of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County’s national award-winning newsletter “The Archivist”, who gave a very informative presentation on organizing your genealogy research. Whether you are working with paper or electronic records, having clear and defined organizational strategies will help ensure that you never miss a beat. Some takeaways from her presentation include:
- Break down big problems into small challanges
- Think beyond today and make sure you have actual copies (paper and electronic) of the records your are working with and make sure they are saved in multiple locations
- Be ruthlessly consistent, especially in terms of how you organize your files as well as how you name electronic folders and files
- Protect and share your work, particularly encouraging other family members from younger generations to appreciate all of the hard work you have done
You can download a copy of her handout below which includes all of her tips and suggestions, as well as instructions on how to save web pages as PDFs.