I recently shared online some pictures of my Family Tree Filing system and organisation and it proved to be popular amongst fellow Family History Researchers, so I thought I would expand and explain my system in a bit more detail.
Rest assured, my workspace and systems were chaotic and I found myself wasting too much time either searching for a document I had lost or re-ordering and downloading material that I already had! Does that sound familiar?
So how did I get from this……
(These are just examples, neither are actually my working space!)
I have one colour coded 4 hole ring binder for each of my 8 x Great-Grandparents and each folders contents is identical. Accompanying each folder is the same colour A5 Notebook/workbook. Which looks something like this;
Each folder is laid out identical and has it’s own contents page, which looks like this;
Contained within these folders are my working Family Record Sheets which I have also published before online, they look like this;
I also have a separate ring binder solely for Military History, which is another one of my passions, hence why it has it’s own folder! This is laid out like this;
I have a separate Census file for the Chiddicks Family and associated Families and these also have their own record sheet which I made for myself.
Next up is the 1939 Register, which is huge! This ended up in two A3 folders because the pages are so big, separated into Chiddicks and basically the rest, again colour coded;
Plus there are additional files for DNA, Family History shows etc.
Now all of this has not happened overnight, far from it! It’s evolved over time and has been tweaked and ideas borrowed from others! It normally gets altered or adapted after I have lost something!
It’s not perfect, far from it, but the key thing is “it works for me”. So whatever system you use yourself, the only criteria you need to fulfil is, “does it work for me”. If you’ve achieved that then your system is perfect for you.
I will also add tha,t as well as the paper files, all this is mirrored in digital format backed up to an online tree, backed up to two memory sticks, plus a further back up to the cloud, better safe than sorry!
Not everyone is as OCD as me!
If you want a copy of any of the sheets, don’t hesitate to drop me a message;