Where to start with my re-organisation? Such a big job. Something I got better at, as the years went by. However, I had no idea it would get so big - nor accumulate so many bits of paper and so many files! I also have a lot of duplication, due to not realising I already had something.
I am a computer-person, so decided to start organising my electronic world, then base my paper filing on it.
I also decided to research how other people organised their filing too, to see if I could learn something new or different.
Funnily enough, a tweet came through on Twitter from @LisaCooke of GenealogyGems, about a YouTube clip she'd made for Family Tree magazine.
It seemed methodical, so I thought I would follow it.
After following it through step by step, I decided that the instructions were very clear and concise and easy to follow.
I made some minor changes and additions.
I added a folder "Research Notes", which will keep any files I create while researching, as well as anecdotal information I have or will collect in the future.
I like things to be easily found. So I've asterisked my maternal-line surname folders, so that they will stay together at the top of the MY TREE folder.
I've also colour-coded the surname folders. Unfortunately, the Mac only has a choice of seven label colours including boring grey. So I decided to give my grandmothers line on both sides blue, and my grandfathers line on both sides red. When it comes to stationery (lever arch folders etc), I might try and differentiate the same colours by using shades. Light blue and dark blue for example.
I figure that these surname folders should probably be copied into other folders as well, such as Photos.
I am pretty happy with my start at the electronic tidy up.
Now I just need to fish out all the existing electronic files and put them in the correct place. And then scan the ones I haven't done yet, and file those ones correctly.
Might take me a while, as I will be doing this methodically, and may have to check backup drives to ensure I have them all!
Meanwhile, I have enjoyed taking the approach of starting from scratch and doing the rebuild from the ground up.