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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree October 2019 > HOW TO BE AN ORGANISED FAMILY HISTORY SEARCHER


Professional genealogist and local historian Susie Douglas shows you how, by keeping it simple, you can create an up-to-the-minute, efficient and affordable system for organising your family history. As Susie says: ‘Be tech savvy – not a tech slave!’

Am I an organised person? – a casual outside observer would probably say not! I do not keep a diary, write shopping lists, set reminders or plan very far into the future and very rarely resort to carrying a handbag or a mobile phone! This ‘apparent’ lack of organisation has been a cause of constant concern to those close to me, one of whom back in the 1980s bought me a Filofax with the notion it would add some sort of order to my life.

The Filofax was duly filled with every piece of information pertaining to my existence as it was at that time, with bank and credit cards in the pockets provided at the back.

Needless to say, the aforementioned Filofax and I were destined to part company! The happy event occurred on 19 June 1987 on my way to a concert at Wembley, when it was accidentally left in a phone box in Chiswick High Street! Needless to say by the time I returned to the phone box the Filofax was long gone. Thus, what was regarded as the ultimate personal management tool of the day in effect resulted in utter chaos – and no I didn’t get to the concert as the tickets were also in the Filofax!

I have never forgotten the experience and to this day only carry about my person that which is absolutely necessary and relevant to the job in hand. Such a minimalistic approach is far from disordered or shambolic but rather requires efficient and effective organisational systems.

When discussing organisation and the systems that work for me, I am referring to the organisation of research, or the ‘work in progress’, rather than the way in which you chose to file, store and keep original documents, certificates and other memorabilia. As a rule of thumb, all my documents are scanned or photographed and stored digitally – the originals are then filed away.

If any of these documents are required I always refer to, or use, the digital copies.

I should mention here that I do NOT have high-spec computer systems or an endless stream of techno gadgets or wizardry! Nor do I run the most up to date computer operating systems – to date I am still using Windows 7, which will have to change before next January when Microsoft ceases to support it and offer security updates.

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The shops are piled high with ‘back to school’ preparations for the children. But these new beginnings, plans and dreams aren’t just for the kids. This autumn set yourself the goal to learn more too – to devote more time to your family history! In our latest issue we’ve got three cracking ways to make strides in your family history know-how: 1. New to family history? Check out our 8 page guide packed with info on the essential websites – where to search and what to look for. Follow our advice and watch your tree grow in no time! 2. Want to get organised? Already been doing family history a while? Learn new ways to organise the fruits of your family history labour. Check out professional researcher Susie Douglas’s flexible and affordable strategy for super-organised family history records. 3. Immerse yourself in family history From genning up on the latest DNA know-how, discovering the latest new books and events, learning sleuthing skills from our experts’ advice, and enjoying the reader stories – we have page after page to inspire you on your family history mission. Enjoy!