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June 11, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge #23: Create Your Own Challenge

I posted a blog on this subject several days ago and said that my own personal challenge would be that:  “… I have set myself the goal to get things well and truly properly sorted into proper categories in all my files and folders, so if I want to look for a family treasure, like my uncle’s letter, I can put my hands straight on it.  If I want to find a particular parish register transcript I will find it straight away instead of searching through pile after pile of mixed paperwork.  The same with Wills and Certificates and so on.  And if possible to do more than that, maybe I will also separate these things into maternal and paternal sides of the family piles”!!   I added a photo that showed just a fraction of my piles of paperwork!!

Now my Challange is completed for this week and I have managed to sort a lot of things out and found things that have been tucked away in piles since 2001.  Here is the new photo as things are now – the bookcase looks just as full but the difference here is that every single plastic folder has been sorted into different categories with a note informing me what category is in there and what I have to do with it, such as add the info to my family tree programme, or write to certain places for further info and the binders and albums each have their own type of thing in, such as one A3 binder only has photos and photo albums in it, and another only has Wills in it and another only has Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates in it instead of all these things being in different places, on their own.  Now they are all together in their very own category!!

Here is the new organised look:

original photograph taken by me 11th June 2010 and in my private collection - copyright 2010

I even went through everything in all the piles of paperwork that you could not see in my original photo and that has all been sorted into the plastic folders you can now see in their separate categories!!

And just a quick reminder of how it looked at the beginning of this challenge:

original photograph taken by me and in my private collection - copyright 2010

I am pleased I stuck with this because at least now when I am hunting for something, I can go straight to the relevant plastic folder or binder and know that’s where it will be!

I have now also issued myself with an ongoing challenge, which is to take one of the plastic folders, either daily or weekly (depending on how much is in it) and sort it more particularly, depending on what the category is.  I have Parish Register transcripts but need to sort them better into Counties as at the moment they are all mixed up, but they are in place name alphabetical order, so that is not so difficult to find a particular one!

I have enjoyed the Challenge, and this was something that was very much needed to have been done a long time ago.  Hopefully everyone else has had success with their own Challenges.  I went to some of your blogs and thought your Challenges were great and much more interesting than what I have tried to do!!

Onto the next Challenge now!  I received my invitation from Thomas but haven’t dared to look to see what it is yet – well, I was too busy with this Challenge!!  ;-)

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4 Comments »

  1. Congratulations!!
    I have a big challenge ahead of me to get organised – still working on it!!
    Happy researching!

    Comment by Aillin — June 12, 2010 @ 1:10 am

    • Hallo Aillin,

      Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments, it’s much appreciated! I am fairly pleased with myself now that I finally managed to get round to some organisation of all my family history research things! It was a loooooong time coming and now at least I can go to one place to find a particular thing.

      I had a look at your blog and the way you describe what you intend to do for your “getting organised” should set you up a treat and I am envious that you are doing this now and not over 20 years down the line like I have done!!

      Kind regards and all the best with your blog and organising!!

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — June 13, 2010 @ 10:36 am

  2. Yeah! I am impressed and motivated. It seems organizing is never done.

    Comment by Michelle Goodrum — June 21, 2010 @ 5:11 am

    • Hallo Michelle,

      Thanks for your comment and your visit. I’m pleased to see you are now motivated too!! I am delighted that I finally sorted things out, after meaning to do it for such a very loooooooooong time. So much so that I am still sorting out, even better and loving it. At least I know now that when I want to check something in particular or look for something, I at last know exactly where it is. I really should have done this a long long time ago.

      Kind regards,
      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — June 24, 2010 @ 3:34 pm


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