OK back to work time.
I've been trying to do more Spring cleaning with my "office". I hate clutter!! So, I have been organizing and cleaning things up.
With that in mind I also wanted to get all my research better organized. Not an easy task, but it must be done.
I have been hard at work organizing my photos, my computer, my binders and all those scraps of paper that just seem to accumulate everywhere you look. I sat and thought of how I could better my time and research and came up with several ideas.
First off, I thought why not make technology work for me. It would make things so much easier, not to mention quicker. So I sat down and got to work. Here's what I came up with:
I have discovered Google Drive and I love it!! With Google Drive I can make my own forms/charts/spreadsheets to fit me. And the best part? I can pull it all up on my phone, so no matter where I am at I have access to it. Check it out and see if it is something that could help you and your researching. You just might be surprised!
Here is what I made, a research log in spreadsheet format. However; I didn't stop there. I added several other charts/forms/worksheets/logs to the spreadsheet as well. All in one place! No more searching for a particular chart or form. I am happy with the results so far, and am excited to get back to researching. This is what my spreadsheet looks like.
page/sheet 1 - research log
Progress Priority Date of Search Name of Person Research Website/Book/Place Outcome
page/sheet 2 - research check list
Name Date searched Ancestry Find-A-Grave FamilySearch Notes
page/sheet 3 - research check list 2
Name Relationship Birth Place Birth Certificate Marriage Place Marriage Certificate Death Place Death Certificate Burial Place Obit Headstone Will Deeds Religion Immigration Naturalization
page/sheet 4 - census check list
name 1790 1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 etc
page/sheet 5 - correspondence
date name ancestor relationship contacted by answered notes
page/sheet 6 - wars
name colonial war revolutionary civil WWI WWII Korean Vietnam
page/sheet 7 - military service
name relationship branch war registration card service years medals notes
page/sheet 8 - books
title author ISBN
All of this is basic and self explanatory. The good thing about this is you can customize this to fit YOU and the way you research. It is that easy! If later on I should decide that I need something more on my pages, I can add it. Or if I don't use/need something that I do have, I can delete it.
Now when I come across an ancestor or name, I can gather the information, input the information, and begin the verification process of the data anywhere I am. Why did I not think of this sooner??
If you should make your own spreadsheet, please let me know! I would love to see how other people make their own and how they use it.
I have also been busy copyrighting my photos. This will take some time as I have over 3000 photos. And as you can see, I have several copyrighted photos on this blog. I don't want just anyone taking my personal photos. So, I protect them with a watermark copyright. Any good photo editor will work.
Good luck in your research!