Keeping Sane in a Pile of Research

Think about it. You have four grandparents, who each have two parents. The number of family lines doubles each time you go back a generation. If you spend enough time, you will find you have dozens of family lines to research and keep track of. But, how do you keep track of it all?

For someone who is a born organizer, that may seem like a simple question. However, most people I know, including myself, are not naturally organized. This has been a constant challenge in my life, especially when it comes to family history research.

Despite being in the age of computers, a good deal of my research is still in paper form. I have copies of wills, land records, court records, marriage certificates, etc. for many different family lines. Keeping them straight is always a challenge. But, with a bit of help from some veteran researchers, I came up with a way to keep track of everything and to start moving towards a completely digital collection.