My wonderful father bought me a new computer for my birthday – best part he did it two months early! I moved over most of my business records, archived some and ditched the rest. The genealogy part of my records, well that will take on a different approach. I did move pictures and all the information to a “My Passport” portable drive for the time being. I am redoing my files, yet again, to standardize all my files both computer and paper. Looking at all I have saved and the numerous copies of the same documents/pictures that were on the old computer I can see things need to change.
I am going to continue with my marriage number folders. That has worked for me and the way I think about the records – smaller family units. I am going to create a master list of every sub-file that I want in the each family folder. I am also going to have a new photo system. I am debating now on file naming standards beginning with vitals such as MRIN, b (birth) m (marriage), d (death), last name, first name, year or full date.
I have RootsMagic installed on the new systems also. I am starting a new database – using my old one for comparison but will not import it. Why? I want to correctly enter my information and citations. The task of correcting everything I have done, I believe, will take more time than starting anew.
I also rearranged my office, sorted my books and added all of them to a database, got rid of everything that no longer served a purpose, put everything where it made sense to be. The books I refer too most often are close by. All my other books are sorted into regions and my current projects – including ProGen28 are easy to access.
I now have room for my new purchases made at the several estate sales Gary and I went to today:
Early American Dress: The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods by Edward Warwick, henry C. Pitz and Alexander Wycoff (1965)
Historic Dress in America 1607-1870 by Elizabeth McClellan (1977)
and lastly…… Telephone Directory of Chicago and Adjoining Counties 1914!
Now, I feel the need for a nap.