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.

In writing this book, I made a few assumptions about who would benefit. This book is for you if,

  • You want an organizational system that is time tested and used specifically for genealogy and/or family history
  • You feel like you are robbing yourself of precious time because you can’t easily find elements of your research
  • You don’t have a system to keeping your research organized
  • Your feel your current filing system is out of control
  • You feel overwhelmed by the research notes and papers you have collected and continue to collect
  • You want to know exactly what information you have about each ancestor
  • You are concerned about organizing your research so others can pick up where you left off should something happen to you

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.

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 which line a family belongs to. For each family on your pedigree, a family file folder holds documents and a copy of that family’s group record. Don’t think you have to do all the steps outlined in one day. Pace yourself. Check each step off as you do it. This system will keep your genealogy records organized for your own benefit and to hand on to your posterity.

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. It is easy to understand for the researcher and the mildly interested relatives alike. I can find anything in just a few seconds.

I have used the concepts to organize my paper files, computer files, and oral and personal history files. I would like to share with you the step-by-step instructions for helping you become organized using the color-coded genealogy research filling system.