Thank You: Color-Coded Genealogy Filing System

Color-Coded Filing System 2Thank you.  When the book is published Barry Ewell will send you an email.

About the book

Choose the organization system that genealogists and family historians use. The system is time-tested and proven to be the organization resource that will grow with you as you expand your research. The system is simple to set up, simple to maintain, well organized, and inexpensive. It is easy to understand for the researcher and the mildly interested relatives alike. Continue reading

Genealogy: Tips for getting and keeping your genealogy organized

Genealogy: Tips for getting and keeping your genealogy organizedBy Barry J. Ewell

When it comes to genealogy, starting out organized is easier than getting organized later on. It didn’t take long before my own research became weighed down with pedigree charts, family group records, to-do lists, research logs, documents, notes and research tools. I was robbing myself of precious research time because I spent hours looking for what I knew I had and duplicating research I had already done. Continue reading

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System, Part 5: Using the Filing System for Patronymics

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System, Part 5: Using the Filing System for PatronymicsBy Barry J. Ewell

There are thirteen steps for setting up the color-coded filing system. The system is time-tested and proven to be the organization resource that will grow with you as you expand your research.

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System

This system sets up file folders for the families on your pedigree lines and also shows you how to file information about cousins and other relatives. Pedigree charts and corresponding family group folders are divided into four colors, based on the lines of your four grandparents. Dividing your pedigree by color helps make it clear Continue reading

Free Color-coded Genealogy Filing System Tutorial

Color-Coded Filing SystemBy Barry J. Ewell

Request and receive a free tutorial on how to create and use the Color-coded Genealogy filing System.  It is extremely flexible—the more ancestors you find, the more expandable and flexible the system becomes. It can be multi-generational and strictly linear at the same time. The system is simple to set up, simple to maintain, well organized, and inexpensive.

  • Know exactly what information I had for each ancestor,
  • Have a complete list of information I was missing for each ancestor,
  • Know exactly what resources I had checked and results of my research,
  • Know every book I had ever searched,
  • Remember who I had contacted and the response I had received, and
  • Easily file new research findings.

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Thank You…Color-coded Genealogy Filing System Tutorial

Thank you for requesting the Color-coded Genealogy filing system tutorial. The system is simple to set up, simple to maintain, well organized, and inexpensive.

  • Know exactly what information I had for each ancestor,
  • Have a complete list of information I was missing for each ancestor,
  • Know exactly what resources I had checked and results of my research,
  • Know every book I had ever searched,
  • Remember who I had contacted and the response I had received, and
  • Easily file new research findings.

You will receive an email in 24 hours with a link to download the PDF.

Genealogy: Digital image and folder naming strategy

10-17-2014 3-26-25 PMBy Barry J. Ewell

There is nothing more frustrating than spending several hours looking for one image that you really need.  Two key strategies will help keep your photos organized—naming your images consistently and sorting them into folders.

Create a logical folder structure
Folders are the best way to organize family history images.  I organize my folders very similar to the way I organize paper files, which make it easy to find and place images. My folder hierarchy is as follows: Continue reading

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System, Part 1: Getting Started

Color-codedGenealogyFilingSystem-ColorCodingBy Barry J. Ewell

Starting out organized is easier than getting organized later on. It didn’t take long before my own research became weighed down with pedigree charts, family group records, to-do lists, research logs, documents, notes, and research tools. I was robbing myself of the precious research time because I spent hours looking for what I knew I had and duplicating research I had already done. When I became organized, I was able to Continue reading