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Get Your Ducks in a Row

Published on Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:56am
Ducks in a row

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

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