Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Organization 2.0

Ahhh, "Back to School" time. I love this time of year when all those lovely office supplies go on sale. Not that I need any more office supplies - I have enough pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, staples, binders, index cards, and labels to supply a small country for a year. But when those weekly ads start arriving in my mailbox... well, I just can't resist!

This year a local store had an unbelievable deal on laptops. My husband bought one for me with the stipulation that I use it to organize all of my genealogical "stuff". How could I refuse? I've been wanting a new computer for a while now, one that is a 'Genealogy Only' computer so it doesn't get filled with the normal sort of stuff computers usually get filled with. I have information and files and pictures scattered across several machines dating back to the late 1990s or so. I end up duplicating, triplicating, even quadruplicating research and information because "Oh damn, it's on the other computer" or "Do I have this already? Better make a copy just in case."

One of my goals for this year was to start getting all of my genealogical stuff organized, and now I'm finally starting to do it! I'm getting a late start because my plans were sort of disrupted due to the health problems I've been having, but better late than never, right? I've spent the last several days copying files over to this new laptop. I think I have just about everything transferred. Now I just need to sort it all. I'm trying to do it in small bursts because it's a little overwhelming trying to sort 10+ years of "stuff". But it's so nice to finally have all of my stuff in one place!

1 comment:

  1. Ah, a kindred soul! I'm engaged in much the same process, and it sort of started after I got a new laptop last Christmas, which is now my main genealogy computer. I haven't copied the files over, though; instead, my husband has our computers synced up with Time Machine, so I access them from there (though new files and updated old files are on this computer).