Genealogy: Organizing your home workspace for productive genealogy

Genealogy: Organizing your home workspace for productive genealogyBy Barry J. Ewell

The foundation of your home office is your work space.  This is your desk, chair, and functionality of being able to work comfortably with paper, computer, etc., in doing your research and other tasks.  The following are a few basics to remember.

  • Do try to arrange your space in an L-shape or triangle, with a swivel-style desk chair in the middle of the configuration. With a spin of your seat or a slight roll backward or to the side, all essentials are within arm’s reach.  Continue reading

Genealogy: How to organize and manage your genealogy email

How to organize and manage your genealogy emailBy Barry J. Ewell

A big part of keeping your inbox and your email organized is discipline, along with having a system that you consistently put into practice. There are several tasks you can put into place upon checking your email to keep ahead of your email clutter.

Put your “delete” button to work. If you do not recognize the sender, look at the subject line. Are there funny characters or alphanumeric gibberish, or does it just not make sense? Delete it! Don’t fall for tricky subject fields that say any number of Continue reading

Free Color-coded Genealogy Filing System PDF Download

Color-Coded Filing SystemDownload PDF

By 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

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System, Part 2: Setting Up the System (Steps 1-4)

10-17-2014 8-09-32 PMBy 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

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System, Part 3: Setting Up the System (Steps 5-9)

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System, Part 3: Setting Up the System (Steps 5-9)By 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

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System, Part 4: Setting Up the System (Steps 10-13)

10-17-2014 8-10-08 PMBy 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