Post-archive organisation

22 Mar

My challenge now is to get all the data I collected yesterday organised and entered into my family history software, rather than let it sit on my desk as a pile of notes, which will in turn get buried by another pile of notes and another and another….

I am not very good at this sort of organisation, sure I have the tools in place to take care of it, and it wouldn’t take long once I got started, but if I don’t do it now it will almost certainly take me a couple of months to do it. It’s not that I don’t want to do it, but inevitably something else comes up, a new database is released, an opportunity to visit another archive, an email from a distant relation. All have the potential to trip me up, and bury my notes under a pile of stuff!

It is pretty straightforward organisation we are talking about here, adding the baptisms, marriages and burials to an Excel spreadsheet and then entering the details into Family Historian, my software package. My handwritten notes can then be filed away in the relevant family folder, should I ever need to check them again.

Now why is that so hard to do? I suspect it is because it is something of an anti-climax after the excitement of doing the actual research, or perhaps it is to do with the loss of momentum which comes from returning to the day job on a Monday morning after the excitement of ancestor hunting over the weekend.

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