Organising your Research
It is important to keep a record of all reference books, searches,
sources (census returns, directories, etc) and any other items you
may use to find out about your ancestors. Too many people don't
consider documentation to be important, but if you have found something
in a book for example, have noted down what you found without referencing
the book, and then want to go back to it five years later, how will
you know where you found that piece of information from?
Never underestimate the importance of organisation. People who
have access to a computer tend to use genealogy software to organise
their research, others like to organise their research into folders.
Using Genealogy Software to Organise your Research
genealogists now use software to organise their research and to
create family trees. RootsMagic
is the easiest to use genealogy software available, and it is also
one of the most powerful. One review said:
"After reviewing popular family history software, which included
Family Historian, Family Tree Maker, Legacy, and Heredis, the one
that came out on top, scoring higher in the categories than the
others, was RootsMagic Platinum Edition. This programme is ideal
for novices. It boasts great book reports and allows you to upload
pictures in narrative reports. The latest edition comes with seven
free data CDs. RootsMagic has one of the most user-friendly interfaces
and comes with a clear, concise instruction manual."
- Review by The
Guardian (review from GenealogyReviews.co.uk.)
You can view all the features of this program and more information
It also compares the program to other genealogy software programs.
Binders to organise your Research
Through your research, you will end up with many loose pieces of
paper - these will mainly be certificates and documents. To ensure
that your collections of certificates and research documents are
preserved in pristine condition, they should be kept in specialist
binders with inert archival sleeves.
The standard binders available from stationary shops can suffer
from leaching of plasticiser from PVC sleeves. This will lift print
off pages and ruin them. S&N
Genealogy Supplies is the only genealogy company I have found
that offer well-priced A4 (portrait) & A3 (landscape) binders,
and Long Certificate binders with sleeves that will not lift the
print from all your important research documents.
Their website has the following descriptions for each binder:
Padded A4 & A3 binders with inert memorabilia
sleeves - These decorative binders have 'Family History'
in gold lettering on the cover and spine. They are available in
matching burgundy, dark blue, dark green and black padded leather
grain style finish. Each binder comes with four sleeves, and additional
sleeves can be ordered.
Certificate binder with archival quality
sleeves - These decorative binders have 'Certificates' in
gold lettering on the cover and spine. They are available in burgundy,
dark blue, dark green and black padded leather grain style finish.
Each binder comes with four archival sleeves, and can take both
long certificates and A4 certificates from records offices.
You can view their selection of binder at their website, GenealogySupplies.com.