Sunday, May 01, 2011

DearMYRTLE's May 2011 Organization Checklist

In this month's organization checklist, we'll wax a bit nostalgic with remembrances of what "May Day" meant to school children in the 1950s and figure out what to do with the heirloom documents and fabric items you've perhaps been fortunate to collect. Here's the link to the .PDF version of the checklist. Print it out, and work through the challenges. Be sure to send me a quick note via Facebook or as a comment to this blog post, to report on your progress at FINALLY GETTING ORGANIZED this year!

Hopefully you'll find this month's activities a fun diversion and great preparation for the upcoming months of vacations and family reunions.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.


  1. Fixed! Had an extra space after the .PDF part.... silly Ol' Myrt.

  2. Have cleaned out my entire office, new paint, new lateral file and bookcase on order. Question: What to do with all the CDs that I bought? Those census records are now available online.

  3. Share the wealth. Perhaps your local library can use them, particularly if they can no longer afford to pay for an annual subscription to the Library Edition.

  4. Really have been enjoying this series of organization checklists, thanks for sharing these great tips with us!

  5. Thanks for the list. I can use all the help I can get. "Handicapped in organization area."

  6. Myrt, thank you so much for the great checklists! I'm hoping you don't get discouraged if you're a little behind on them -- we don't care a bit when they come out. Just that they do!

  7. Myrt:

    Thanks for your webinar about the 1940 census tonight--that's how I discovered your blog, your suggestions bout Dropbox and images, and more while poking around for a few hours after finding my great great grandfather on the 1940 census.

    I saw a link in the post above stating: "Be sure to send me a quick note via Facebook" but I couldn't figure out how to do that other than to send a friend request. I'm guessing your settings have changed since this was posted, and I know you cannot update every past post when external sites make changes.

    Anyway, I decided to post here.

    I like the idea of using Dropbox to store genealogy files and photos--but I'm struggling with how to catalog/index my family's photos so that they're preserved for future generations.

    I have about 1,000 of them digitized (thanks to FlipPal), and I've stored them in iPhoto on my Mac and copied them to Dropbox. I looked into Flickr and uploaded a few, but it's not quite what I need.

    What I'm after is a way to store them that includes: the image (in high res and possibly low res options), the date (when the pic was taken or when it was added or both), place (in geographical terms, ideally--such as city, county, state, country), and some sort of identifying info of the individuals pictures or mentioned (like tagging on Facebook or iPhoto) and an explanatory note of some sort. The hard copies of said photos are sitting on my dining room table in the order scanned so that I can (hopefully) find a way to do all of this using the notations on the back of many of them.

    I use both and Family Tree Maker right now, and some of the photos are uploaded there and appropriately tagged, but I don't have a large amount of time to index and upload, and I'd hate to have to redo this multiple times.

    I like how keeps data of living individuals private while sharing trees publicly.

    I know you cannot reply to every post, but I'm hoping for a blog post soon on this topic.

    (I almost cannot believe an entry I read earlier about how you used to have to enter a person multiple times into a software application to show their identity as a father and a son, for example. I guess that was in the time of flat files. Wow. You are a trooper!)