I've been working on genealogy and trying find the documents needed to have my ancestor listed in the DAR. I found this great free research log to assist me in keeping track of where I have looked and where I need to go next and why! They also have an electronic version which will come in handy as I am going on a fact finding mission to Danville, Illinois after thanksgiving. I hope to pull original documents for the DAR.
I hope it helps to keep me more organized. I have been hit or miss in recording where I have looked. Previously, the only time I recorded where I looked is when I found information! It has caused a lot of duplication on my part in research. I hope to post my family tree here shortly so soon as I figure out how to put a copy on the blog. I also watch two webinars this week that were very helpful in organizing your family history. Both can be found on the Legacy Family Tree site here:
The two I watched on Organizing are: FamilyRoots Organizer System by Mary Hill and Organizing for Success by Karen Clifford. They each contained different approaches to organizing your files. Karen's involved the use of notebooks and Mary's involved the use of color file systems. Both will work well with my Legacy system. I think that I will be using both of the systems in my work. Both have great applications for how my documents are currently organized. I have massive amounts of documents collected not only by me but by my Aunt Ruthie. The great thing about being interested in genealogy, is the family helps out by passing documents on to you!
I also watched Cracking the case of Natan Brown's parents by marian Pierre-Louis. An excellent example of working on solving brick walls. And although she didn't introduce any new strategies I haven't already done or tried. It was nice to have my research techniques validated!
As you might have guessed I use Legacy software to keep track of my family history but I think the webinars are worthwhile no matter what software you use. By the way, when my computer arrived from India, Legacy had disappeared from my computer, when I tried to reload it, the computer would lock up. A big thank you to tech support. I heard back from them in fifteen minutes and had my computer up and running again. I have an IMac computer which I love. So for family history software I run it under VMFusion so I can use the windows software. I also use VMFusion for my quilting software. Although Mac has great programs, I just haven't found a good replacement for them in apple technology. I have all the family history software because I help people do their family history so I try to be knowledgable about the various programs available.