Tuesday, October 14, 2008

READER'S FEEDBACK: pens & sorting

From: Arlene W Hinman

I got a big kick out of your article on the 2nd October Through their eyes - name your poison (er...) pen. Is India Ink extinct? I remember using it in school. We had to practice our handwriting and we done it with a straight pen (not even a fountain pen) which we had to keep dipping in the ink. We had interchangeable nibs, to do our calligraphy. How many out there knows what nibs are? Ask Carrie about that one!

Kids today are missing out on a lot not knowing the 'antique' equipment we had to use. Our desks at school had a hole in them (in the upper right hand corner) where we put our bottle of fountain pen ink, can't remember the brand name (Script comes to mind), it was blue and hard to wash off your hands as was the India Ink. Your blog brought back a lot of memories and many chuckles for me. We're not that 'old' are we? I know I'm too young to have a knee replacement...I'm too young for bifocals, and what about grey hair and cataracts? Where did the time go?

Your blog of today Sorting it out was a blog that fits me to a tee or T. Are you sure you haven't been in my house when I was not at home? Your description of where all your papers are is a very good description of my research. However, I do use the floor as there is more room, but my research hasn't got as far as the kitchen yet! I find that binders are great to use. I am with you...paperless?? Ha!! is right. Who ever said that was not a family history researcher. I keep telling myself that I can't print out anything else until I get everything under control...then I find something I can't live without a printout. So far the paper keeps stacking up. Oh well, who has more fun than family researchers?

I used your ideas a few years ago about making time to get yourself organized a week at a time. That was good advice and was very helpful. When you do it that way, it is not so overwhelming. I even told some cousins about it when I was teaching them about organizing their records, and how to do research. You never know how many people you reach out to and help in many ways.

I use the color-coded method, and have been for quite a few years. I learned this from a lady at the FHL that was teaching a class at a seminar a few years ago. I had already started to use the color-code before I heard her, but with different colors. I now use the colors she suggested: blue for your father's fathers line - green for your father's mothers line, red for your mother's fathers line and yellow for your mother's mothers line. Works for me as long as I keep my line and my husband's line in different file cabinets.

I have three file cabinets full of family research that needs to be gone over...when I have the time. That is after I have researched everything there is to research...that should be about a week from next Thursday, if I'm lucky..... :o)

Keep up the good work with your blog...we all need a good laugh now and then.

I remember the interchangable nib pen points. I used a C-2 for my calligraphy classes.

You'll perhaps be happy to note that I am reworking my Finally Get Organized Weekly Checklist and it should be done just before Christmas, in time to start sharing it in the new year.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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