Organization is the Key!
To be successful in your genealogy research, you must be able to plan each
research step, and organize the information you find there. What use is it to
have great organizational skills if you don't have a clue where to look for the
information? It's just as futile if you do well planning the research, but have
lousy organizational skills! There is a happy medium -- if you organize the
results of your research, you tend to be more organized in your search for
information, and more focused on specific research goals. Organized results
allow you to evaluate and analyze information quicker and more thoroughly,
freeing your time for more research.
It doesn't take a new genealogist very long to discover that the ancestral paper
trail quickly becomes uncontrollable. Miscellaneous scraps of paper with
undecipherable notes, orphaned photocopies with no identifying marks, lecture
and class handouts, copies of e-mails, bibliographic references, post-it notes,
scribbled messages, and torn bits of magazine or newspaper articles make every
genealogist's filing cabinets a chaotic nightmare.