Hi All, I am an advanced-beginner in genealogy researcher. I have collected a critical mass of stuff, and feel like I don't want to continue doing research until I can organize my materials.I also want to make sure I'm entering references to my documents, and don't want to start creating references until I can link the refs. to the location of the documents.
If each piece of paper (or set of pages copied from a single source) referred to just one surname it would be fairly straightforward to create one file per surname. But short of making several copies of the same piece(s) of paper, I can't think of a system for filing that clicks in my head that doesn't involve a great number of dead trees.Perhaps I should just get over it and make the copies, but it seems like there must be a better way.
Would folks please tell me how they organize their stuff and/or suggest on-line or paper sources that discuss the pros and cons of different filing and referencing systems that work together?
Also, how do you decide who/what to enter on your computer data base?I have found information on the LDS web site that would take one of my lines back to the 1500's, but without verifying each person myself, I feel like I might make more of a mess of my files if I include this material.On the flip side, I don't want to discard this info either. What would you suggest?