Friday, July 6, 2007

July : : Tidy Your Genealogical Documents Month

July is "Tidy Your Genealogy Documents Month". Says who? Says T.K. at Before My Time, and I think she's on to something.

I think she's on to something as I survey my office, my office where the tornado hit, and precious pieces of genealogical research remain hidden. I started "Tidying" a couple of days ago and it is going very slowly. I'm hoping the pressure of the group dynamic will shame me into finishing what I've started.

I created a research form for the individual ancestor and the locality in my family history research when I attend the University of Washington Certificate Program in Genealogy and Family History. I'm committed to using them. T.K. displays a very easy to use and nicely done research form that can be found here.

Don't procrastinate because you don't have a form - try these sites - no excuses need apply:

Family Tree Magazine Forms has a huge collection of downloadable forms on their web site.

Ancestors is the forms site for the first and second PBS Ancestors Series. It has an excellent checklist form and research questions form.

Census ToolsSeries is a collection of Excel Spreadsheets for census, cemetery and manifest data. It also contains a research checklist.

Miriam at AnceStories has taken the pledge and started the ball rolling. I'm following her lead, so if you're up for it, post a comment on T.K.'s Tidy Documents Article.

What do you have to lose?


Blogger Miriam Robbins said...

Maven, welcome aboard! Hopefully, we'll accomplish much!

July 6, 2007 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger TK said...

Nicely compiled list of form sources, fM! Thanks!

I've decided to post once a week about my favorite rediscovered items as I'm sorting through The Unfiled. I thought at first there would be four posts, one each Sunday in July, but now I'm thinking it might extend into August too. Whatever it takes to keep me motivated (or, yeah, shamed enough to keep working at it!) ;-)

July 7, 2007 at 11:41 PM  

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