Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Organized Genealogist Group Featured in UpFront with NGS

Yesterday's blog from the National Genealogical Society (NGS) featured an article written by Susan Petersen (me!) about The Organized Genealogist group on Facebook.

Many thanks to NGS for inviting me to write for their blog. Our membership in the group increased by more than 100 people after the article was published. We continue growing and helping genealogists become more organized.

Here's the blog post:

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Organized Genealogist web site is live

The web site for The Organized Genealogist is now live! The site is set up to support The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group and includes tips, articles, links, and photo galleries.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Organizing Genealogy Software

I really hate all of the wasted packaging used for software. It just takes up so much space. My genealogy files and photos and binders take up a lot of space, too. But I don't need to keep all of those software boxes.

I keep my software in a CD case like you might use for music CDs (that is if you still listen to CDs and haven't gone to cloud based music). Here's the one I where I store my software. These are available in any office supply store.

I put my software CD in one of the pockets and make sure that the product ID/registration number is kept with the CD. I've also been writing this information in the address book where I store my passwords (not the 'real' password, but enough of a hint that I know what it is!).

I received some new software in the mail today, so I took a photo of the registration number. The photo automatically uploads from my iPhone to my Dropbox folder. So there's another place where I can retrieve it should I decided to install the software on a different computer.

This system takes up much less shelf space, and I can always find those seldom used CDs with hardware drivers, reinstallation CDs that we sometimes just toss in a box, any old box. This has certainly saved me time when I've had to reinstall software.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Write the Plan - Work the Plan

Guest Post
by Carol Kennedy

Note: This was originally posted on The Organized Genealogist Facebook group on May 26, 2013.

Here's what I wrote in red caps on my OneNote Organizing Plan:

Write the Plan . . . Work the Plan

Be Tough. Have no mercy for junk you will never use. Get rid of it any way you can.

Out of sight. . . Out of Mind

Commit to completing this plan - one baby step at a time.

Remember, the mess didn't accumulate overnight, so it will not be organized overnight.

Do not start reading old docs and run for your computer instead of staying on plan.

I will read this every day before I start with the tasks that follow. Maybe YOU have some more encouraging words I can include.

Copyright 2013 Carol Kennedy, used with the permission of the author