Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sorting Saturday: Lecture and class materials

I'm beginning to have a large collection of educational materials from classes, lectures, conferences and magazines. Right now they are all just hanging around the way they came. I have a notebook from my BU classes, from my RIGSA class, Internet printouts, printed handouts from online trainings, magazines articles still in magazines, etc. The problem is, that if I need help with a topic, for example census records, my information is in my house, somewhere. But where?

My plan for today is to take apart these binders, magazine articles, etc. and make a filing system for them in my filing cabinet. I'm an aficionado of hanging file folders, so I'll use those. Without looking, I can see folders for census, court records, military records, immigration, land records, paleography and citations. I'm sure there will be many more before I am done.

Within each file, I'll staple the articles together with a page added for its origin. In the case of magazine articles, I may need to make a copy of one page or another. I'm giving serious thought to making an Excel spreadsheet as I go. But that may be a duplication of effort if I set up the file folders properly.

I've considered scanning these in and making a file system that way, but I guess I'm old fashioned. I like paper.

What do you think? How do you store these types of documents?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Follow Friday - About.com - Genealogy

I decided, yet again, to try to start blogging on a regular basis. And since today's theme is Follow Friday, I took a look at some of the blogs I follow regularly and clicked on an article by Kimberly Powell on About.com. In particular, her article "Finding Family History in Google News Archive". I didn't realize Google had a News Archive. A major omission in my knowledge which I am glad to have corrected. I also read Kim's link "Search Tips for Google News Archives" which was very helpful as well.

Next, I decided to try a general search using a somewhat uncommon surname in my family and their location. In this case I tried Hankinson and Pittsburgh. Lot's of sports articles (not my family as far as I know), but then I came across an obituary for Mrs. Ellen Ringling which mentioned her daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Hankinson of Greensburg.  Lloyd is a great-uncle, and all I knew about his wife is that her name was Mae. This gives me a brand new avenue of research to follow, to perhaps find out Mae's maiden name and when they got married. It may or may not help, but it's more than I knew before.

My thanks to Kimberly Powell.