"If you can't get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance"
-George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Paperless Genealogy

I came across an article tonight about going paperless with genealogy....I can hear you all gasping now!  How can we live in our genealogy worlds without our stack and stack of paper! But in this age of being more green and being kind to Mother Earth even we as genealogists should sit up and pay our respects.  So I have decided (resolved.... seems its still January and I have yet to make any resolutions this year) that I would follow Brian Bouchard's example and become (more) paperless with my genealogy.  Before you all start to think I've lost my marbles check out Brian's blog at The Paperless Genealogist.  And while you're doing that I'm going to run downstairs and get a refill on my iced tea....oh and a few photos of my desk to show you another reason I think this is a great idea....so what did you all think?  Did you leave Brian some blog love?
Ok first of all here is my desk on a normal day...
Just so you all get the overall feel of my true desk...currently set up to make jewelry...I don't usually use my desk for genealogy anyway.

The Two Right cubbies and the binders on top are all genealogy.  There are two drawers on the right as well packed with genealogy which I currently cannot get to because my totes for craft shows are in the way.

My box of files (with the yellow tape). 

And lastly my bookcase.  The top two shelves are mainly nursing books, although the stack of magazines are a mix of genealogy and nursing magazines. The next shelf down is all genealogy then the lowest shelf in this picture are our family scrapbooks.  The bottom shelf is misc books.
Ok so you guys see why I need to go digital?  This doesn't include the stack of the most recent Family Tree Magazines next to my bed, the stash of current research under my dresser and the box of family "stuff" on the shelf in my closet.  So thanks to Brian for inspiring me to hop on the paperless wagon, declutter my life and add some sense to my genealogy.  I'll be following Brian's progress and updating you all on my progress as we go. 
Happy Hunting to you all!


  1. Yep, you definitely need to go digital. You might find yourself taking ages to find something from all that stacks of paper. What I can suggest is that you get a sturdy scanner, an external hard drive with a decent capacity, as well as some patience for the entire process, and you’re good to go!

    Curtis @ Spectrum Information

    1. Curtis, Thanks for your kind words. Believe it or not, somewhere in that pile is my scanner. I've been working to digitize my records slowly...someday I'll get there!