Wednesday, July 06, 2016

ARCHIVED: Organize Your Genealogy with Drew Smith

Susan Schuler says "I am looking forward to reading the book. I just received my copy yesterday. I am interested in learning any tips or tricks to not being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of everything. And also with working full time I am looking for a hints about time management. Thank you."

Tonight's archived WACKY Wednesday - Organize Your Genealogy hangout with Drew Smith is indeed reassuring. Drew reminds us to free our minds and workspace from unnecessary distractions to focus on the planning, research and document analysis at hand. We discuss concepts from his newest book Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher. Chapter headings include:

1. Organizing Yourself
2. Organizing Your Space
3. Organizing Your Goals
4. Organizing Your Notes and Ideas
5. Organizing Your Files
6. Organizing Your Research Process
7. Organizing Your Communication
8. Organizing Your Online Research
9. Organizing Your Research Trips
10. Organizing Your Learning
11. Organizing Your Volunteering

The much appreciated forms included in the appendix by the publisher, Family Tree Books are available in downloadable, fillable format here:

You'll find the book Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher by Drew Smith at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle format.

If your organization would like to host Drew Smith as an in-person or virtual speaker, here is his contact info:
  • Sherry Hall reports "Ordering the book now! Thanx so much for the information. Another great hangout."
  • Fiona B says "Kindle version purchased. But I've also suggested to the local library that they need to buy a copy too." and "Should we just start Hoarders Anonymous?"
  • Acting on Drew's suggestion during the hangout, DB writes "Fantastic! Just forwarded a family email to Evernote. Didn't know I could do that."
  • Cheryl Scott says "Like many, too much paper. Deciding what to keep and what to toss - after recording and/or scanning, of course - is a big problem. Clippings from newspapers, family notes & letters, photos that are not close family members - keep or toss??? Even close family photos are a problem because there are so many of them." 

Several first-time genealogy hangout attendees report:
  • Gail Ryan - "I enjoyed this - my FIRST Google Hangout!! Thank you!!"
  •  Fiona B - "Thank you... that' was my first hangout. Loved it."
  •  Lynn Dosch - "Thanks all, This was wonderful and a very easy format to navigate. First timer here was able to follow all the technology. No stress."
Sure you *could* watch the video of the WACKY Wednesday - Organize Your Genealogy with Drew Smit hangout session here or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but you'll want to log in to view and comment at:

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