In-Branch: Expanded hours, technology services, browsing, and small meeting rooms. Returns: At branch desks, and all book drops. Holds Pick-Up: In-Branch or curbside or drive-up service. View current services and how the Library is keeping customers and staff safe. MCPL branches have resumed normal business hours.

Back to top

Get Your Ducks in a Row

Ducks in a row

January 23, 2019

As a librarian, genealogist, and archivist, I love to put things in order, so this month has been a lot of fun for me. If you have been to the Midwest Genealogy Center recently, you might have heard a lot of beeping. It is the sound of scanners as we inventory all our books. It helps us find missing books and improves the accessibility of our collection to our customers. I enjoy it because I get to take a close look at the shelves and see some interesting books I’ve missed in the past. Inventory is one way that libraries stay organized.

You may have included organizing your genealogy research as one of your New Year’s resolutions. MGC offers some excellent tools to accomplish your goal―whether you are trying to organize piles of paper or go digital. If the project seems overwhelming, start with something easy. Back up your genealogy files, and save the information in more than one place. Then, set a reminder to do it every month.

In addition, try using a research log or one of MGC’s other family history forms to record your information. Discover how Evernote can help you manage your genealogy notes and research. Sign up to attend Using Evernote to Organize Your Genealogy at MGC, or check out How to Use Evernote for Genealogy. For additional resources, try reading Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher or listening to Organizing Your Genealogy Without Losing your Mind.

With all these suggestions, you will soon get your ducks (or ancestors) in a row! What tip do you have to help others organize their genealogy?

Jolene C.
Midwest Genealogy Center

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.

View All Blogs

Read Similar Blogs:
Genealogy

Resources You May Also Like

Archive Finder

Locate archives in the United States and British Isles.
More Info

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories

Find primary sources on North American immigration.
More Info

Historical Newspapers

Search prominent newspapers dating back to 1764.
More Info

ShipIndex.org

Use the index to find which books, magazines, websites, databases, CD-ROMs, and more, mention the ships you want to know more about.
More Info

Events You May Also Like

Census Records Research (Zoom)

Tue, Oct 19 2021
6:30pm - 7:30pm Central
Virtual Event
The U.S. Federal Census is a great place to start tracing your ancestors. The first Federal Population Census was taken in 1790, and a census has been taken every 10 years since that date.

Blogs You May Also Like

dna

Is It All in the Genes?

Everyone’s talking about it. Everyone’s asking about it.
Read More
At the Heart of Your Roots

At the Heart of Your Roots

All of us are a product of biology and culture, nature and nurture, society and family.
Read More
slaves

The Cherokee Freedmen: Slaves of the Tribe

If you have African American ancestors in your family tree, you may struggle to find genealo
Read More
house on fire

Chasing a Fire

My dad told me several times about the fire that burned down the farmhouse that he and his mother lived
Read More

Was this page helpful? Yes No